WORCESTER, Mass. - The Husson men's basketball team caught back up to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute squad after a rough first half as the Eagles battled back to a six-point lead with 7:56 left to play, but couldn't hold onto the end as the Engineers fought back in the final minutes for an 86-71 non-conference victory on Sunday afternoon.
Husson struggled offensively in the beginning of the game, dropping to a 12-point deficit by the end of the first 20 minute period. The Eagles' bench was the momentum for them as Justin Thompson posted a solid first half scoring 12 points off the bench.
The second half showed a completely different display of energy and a new mentality by the Eagles. In the first seven minutes of the half, Husson cut the deficit down to three points on a 21-10 run with major contributions from Justice Kendall netting seven points and two assists. From there, Husson continued on this second win and seized the lead for the first time in the game off a jump shot by Kyanti Blyden with 12:16 left to play. The following seven minutes the two teams exchanged lead changes seven times until WPI captured the advantage for the final time and pushed away with 5:03 on the clock, and never looked back.
Justin Thompson led all Eagle scorers with 18 points to go with seven rebounds.
Justin Martin had another double-double with 13 points and 13 boards plus two blocks.
DJ Bussey scored all of his nine points from behind the three-point arc.
Jake Wisniewski led all-scorers with 19 points and three steals while shooting 9-12 from the charity stripe.
Garrett Stephenson had a 18-point and 11 rebound game for a double-double.
All five starters netted double digits for the Engineers.
The men's basketball squad gets the following week off for finals and the holidays, then return to action on Thursday, December 27th as they fly across the country to compete in the D3hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas.