PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - Breaking 100 points for the second time this season, the Husson University men's basketball team (7-5, 3-0 NAC) grabbed a commanding, 113-68, North Atlantic Conference (NAC) win against the University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (6-6, 0-3 NAC).
DJ Bussey started the scoring for the Eagles with a three, which sparked a quick 8-0 run to begin the game. The Owls looked to stop the run with a couple of strong offensive possessions, as they caught up within a deep bucket, 10-7, just five minutes into the opening half.
Brett Cunningham knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to push Husson's lead to nine with 12 minutes left in the half. The Eagles managed to hold the Owls scoreless over the next four minutes as they played well on both ends of the court to advance into halftime with a 31-point advantage, 55-24. The Owls' Shyquinn Dix scored nearly all of his team's points in the first 20 minutes of the game with 16 points while shooting 4-6 from the 3-point arc. As for the Eagles, Justin Martin was just shy of a double-double already in the opening half, leading his teammates in scoring with 14 points and nine rebounds.
The Eagles displayed an all-around team effort with huge contributions from the bench going into the second half. The high tempo offense and sharp shooting by Husson was just too much for UMPI as they struggled to ramp up a comeback. With 62 points scored off the bench and six Eagles contributing double-digits on the scoreboard, Husson took the game in the battle of the birds, 113-68.
Justin Martin finished the game with his sixth double-double of the season, between 22 points and ten rebounds, shooting 9-11 from the paint.
Shyquinn Dix finished the night netting 24 points to lead all scorers, while draining six 3-pointers, along with three steals and five boards.
Three Owls chipped in ten points each, Wilburn Griffiths, Te'Von Hines, and Quinn Mitchell.
Husson will stay overnight in Presque Isle to tip-off against the Owls again tomorrow, January 5th at 1:00 p.m. for another conference match.