NEWTON, Mass. - The Husson Eagles (3-1) had a great showing against Lasell College (1-5) on Monday night, in a non-conference matchup as the Eagles picked up a 71-64 win. After shutting down the Lasers with a pair of blocks, Justin Martin became the all-time career block leader in program history with 166.
Justice Kendall put the Eagles on the board scoring eight-straight points over two minutes with great drives to the paint followed by a turnaround jump shot giving Husson a 10-4 advantage just four minutes into the game. He kept up his hot shooting going leading all-scorers with 15 points on 7-7 shooting to close out the half.
Husson's defense was in lockdown mode with 10 steals as a team throughout the half with Kyanti Blyden and DJ Bussey snatching two or more steals apiece while helping keep Lasell at bay with 31% shooting accuracy from the field. Martin displayed utter dominance under the board with eight rebounds and a block.
Lasell came out with some fire in the second half breaking out on an 8-2 run with threes from Dylan Murray and two-straight from Stefan Masciarelli, bringing the score within a basket from Husson. The Eagles recovered the ground they'd lost with a steal, dunk, and 3-pointer by Blyden to once again recapture a ten-point lead with 14:21 left to play.
Over the next two minutes, the Lasers dominated on another 9-1 run to once again bring the game within two points after Murray continued to strike from behind the arc draining three-straight 3-pointers for Lasell.
Husson maintained at least a four-point lead to close out the final ten minutes of the match.
Justice Kendall led the Eagles with 19 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Justin Martin posted his second double-double in a row with 14 points and a game-high 16 boards, along with two blocks.
Cole Thomas netted 14 points off the bench.
Dylan Murray led all-scorers with 27 points, draining seven 3-pointers, and nine rebounds.
Liam Jacobs scored 14 points, grabbed eight boards, and three assists.
Stefan Masciarelli passed out eight assists and snagged seven rebounds.
Husson's defense had 14 steals and forced Lasell to 21 turnovers. Three Eagles grabbed three steals each - Blyden, Bussey, and Kendall.
The Eagles have a busy weekend in Vermont starting off with a game at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon on Friday, November 30th at 5:30 p.m.