HENNIKER, N.H.— The Husson University men's basketball team was defeated by Colby-Sawyer College, 89-76, on Friday night in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) semifinals.
The Chargers improve to 18-8 on the season, while Husson, the defending NAC champions, sees its season come to a close at 19-7.
Bell scored his 40 points on 14-for-23 shooting from the floor with seven three-pointers and a perfect 5-for-5 effort from the free-throw line.
The Chargers also received 22 points from Patrick Coffey (Westford, Mass.) and 17 points from Dana Bean (Franklin, N.H.).
Colby-Sawyer held a 46-33 advantage in rebounds, led by Nate Trevino (Boerne, Texas) with a game-high 13.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Colby-Sawyer controlled the scoreboard early on, as Bell was unstoppable from the three-point range. As a team, the Chargers hit 59.1 percent of their shots (19-for-32) and drained eight three-pointers to carry a 48-37 advantage into halftime.
The Eagles did better defending the arc in the second half and held Colby-Sawyer to just one second-half three-pointer. Husson would hold Colby-Sawyer scoreless for a four-minute stretch and used that opportunity to chip into the deficit.
An offensive spurt by Husson starting at the eight-minute mark helped them come within 10 points, 76-66, and a free-throw by Bruce St. Peter (Ellsworth, Maine) put the Eagles within nine points. Husson continued to chip away and came without four points, 78-74, on a three-pointer by Bussey with 3:05 still to play.
The clock was not on Husson's side though, and a jumper by Coffey made it a three-possession game, forcing the Eagles to foul for possession. The Chargers went to the line five times in the final 1:26 to seal the 89-76 victory.
This concludes the 2017-18 season for the Husson University men's basketball team.