Men's Basketball Pulls Away Midway Through the Second Half for a 80-63 Win over Colby-Sawyer

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Husson men's basketball team picked a North Atlantic Conference's (NAC) victory over Colby-Sawyer, 80-63, Saturday afternoon. 

Husson improves to 16-5 overall and 12-2 to retain their spot atop the NAC standings. The Eagles will host Lyndon on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Colby-Sawyer drops to 13-7 overall and 10-4 in the NAC. The Chargers travel to Castleton on Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. tip.

The Eagles held a 60-53 lead at 10:36 in the second half before Colby-Sawyer scored six-straight points on a pair of threes to pull within one (60-59) with 9:08 to go. Husson then held the Chargers to just two field goals for the rest of the game to outscore the home team 20-4 in that stretch and win 80-63.

Husson had five players reach double-digit scoring led by senior Mitch Worcester (Washburn, Maine). He scored 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Senior Raheem Anderson (Miramar, Fla.) added 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Freshman DJ Bussey (Peoria, Ariz.) registered 16 points. Freshman Cole Thomas (Orlando, Fla.) and junior Justin Martin (Winslow, Maine) added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Junior Jourdain Bell (Manchester, N.H.) led Colby-Sawyer with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting. In his first collegiate start, freshman Erik Olson (Dracut, Mass.) recorded 11 points and nine rebounds. Senior Taylor Grande (Bedford, N.H.) scored 12 points, which included three three-pointers. He now ranks 8th in career threes with 161, passing David Rosso '10 who was in attendance this afternoon. Sophomore Dana Bean (Franklin, N.H.) chipped in a game best 11 rebounds to go with seven points and a pair of blocks. He is now tied for ninth in career blocks with 52.

The Chargers got out to an early 6-2 lead after making their first three shot attempts. Husson responded with a 7-0 run capped by a Bussey trey to take a 9-6 lead five minutes into the action. The Eagles' lead got to seven (17-10) at 12:18, but Colby-Sawyer was able to stay close. Facing a deficit for much of the first half, the Chargers clawed back after a Taylor Grande three-pointer was the final bucket of the frame with 31 seconds left to give the home team a 38-37 lead at the break.

Colby-Sawyer shot 50% in the first half and had a 24-10 advantage in rebounding. The Eagles made six three-pointers to trail by one at the half.

A pair of Cole Thomas free throws to open the second half regained the lead for Husson. The Eagles then led 49-40 at 15:44, but Taylor Grande converted a four-point play and Jourdain Bell added five points to pull Colby-Sawyer even less than a minute later. The teams then traded baskets to tie the game for the fourth time. A Justin Martin layup at 13:35 gave Husson a 53-51 lead, which they would not relinquish for the remainder of the contest.

Each team made eight three-pointers and scored 26 points in the paint. Husson finished 46.9% from the floor, while Colby-Sawyer shot 35.7%.

NOTES:

  • Anderson passed Scott Kissinger (111, 2006-09) as the program's all-time NCAA Era career leader in games played, with 112.
  • In Friday night's loss at New England College, Anderson passed Dana Wilson (457, 1970-72,74) as the program's all-time career leader in free throws made, when he hit his second of four free throws made with 10:19 remaining in the second half.