BANGOR, MAINE -The Husson University men's basketball team (1-0) tipped off their season in Newman Gym on Saturday afternoon hosting the Pine Manor Gators (0-1) for some non-conference action as they picked up an 86-59 victory to start the season on a high note.
At halftime, the Eagles honored their 49 men's basketball1000-point career scorers in program history (see photo above).
Following a jumper by Martin with 15 minutes left in the opening frame, the Eagles captured an 11-9 lead and never looked back. Despite the Gators remaining within a handful of points, Husson truly broke away off a three by Bussey separating themselves at 29-20 with six minutes left in the half.
Going into the second half, Husson established a game-high lead of 12 points after Kyanti Blyden successfully sunk a layup and foul shot for his first points of the afternoon helping the Eagles hold a 40-26 advantage.
Helping cut the deficit to eight points, 47-39, Gator Jamel Hamans drained back-to-back threes, recording ten points in the first four minutes of the second half along with a pair of free throws by teammate Sayvonn Houston.
The Eagles put up another 40-point half to capture the 86-59 victory.
- Freshman center Trey Sibert proved a dominating force under the basket with 13 points, six rebounds, and two blocks.
- Sophomore guard DJ Bussey led his team on the scoreboard with 18 points, shooting 4-5 from the charity stripe, and draining four three-pointers.
- Sophomore forward Cole Thomas was consistent in the paint netting 5-7 field goals for 14 points total points and three rebounds.
- Sophomore guard Justin Thompson went 7-8 from the charity stripe to add on to his 13 points while grabbing four boards, and three steals.
LEADERS: PINE MANOR
- Leading all scorers, senior guard Jamel Hamans netted 22 points off of an impressive five three-pointers made.
- Senior forward Rasheed Bell was the only other Gator to put up double digits on the scoreboard with ten points, shooting 4-4 from the free throw line, and five boards.
- Sophomore center Sayvonn Houston was on a roll under the basket, snatching up 12 rebounds including eight defensive while also contributing eight points.
The Eagles were on their toes tonight, grabbing an impressive 20 steals throughout the game.
The Eagles take the week off before traveling to the University of New England for the Hampton Inn Tip-Off Tournament. Husson will spend the weekend in Biddeford, Maine taking on Trinity (Conn.) on Friday, November 16th at 7:30 p.m. with another game scheduled the following day.