BANGOR, Maine - After falling behind early, the Hornets (2-5) were unable to recover, dropping the first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) game of the season, 96-64, to the Husson Eagles (4-1) on Friday night.
The Eagles started the game with a lot of energy opening up on a 9-0 run within the first couple minutes with senior Justin Martin tipping off the night by draining his first two field goals from the paint and behind the arc. Husson's DJ Bussey scored seven straight points to build the lead to 16-3 at the 16:38 mark and Eagles never looked back with a strong defense forcing turnovers into easy buckets. Husson held the Hornets under double digits for the first seven minutes and ended the half with the lead extending to 52-25.
Bussey led all-scorers at the half with ten points on 4-6 shooting. Martin added on six points, but was very effective defensively with four blocks. Husson's bench contributed 22 points on the half as Thompson led all bench players with seven points and four assists.
The Hornets played on more even terms in the second half, but were never able to get closer than 25 points the rest of the way as the Eagles' defense became instant offense. Trey Sibert nearly midway through the half, pushed in a powerful alley oop dunk from Justin Thompson to give the Husson a commanding 32-point lead with 12 minutes left to play.
Leaders - HUSSON:
DJ Bussey tied with a Hornet as the top scorers of the night with 12 points, two assists and a pair of steals.
Dylan Angel grabbed a team high four steals and netted seven points.
Justin Martin tallied five total blocks along with 11 points and five rebounds.
Leaders - LYNDON:
Rickey Shuford matched Bussey's 12 points for a game high.
Zach Falkenburg recorded ten points on four of five shooting from the paint.
Damon Denteh swiped three steals and seven points.
The Eagles forced 29 turnovers and had 28 fast break points. Husson's bench scored over half the points with 50. The Eagles enjoyed a huge advantage at the foul line, converting 19 of 27 free throws compared to three of six for Lyndon.
Husson will remain in Vermont overnight to face Northern Vermont University-Johnson on Saturday, December 1st at 1:00 p.m.