BANGOR, Maine -- Despite a 50-point rally led by Husson's Brett Cunningham and Justice Kendall in the second half on Friday night, the visiting Roos used a commanding first half to hold onto the lead and pick up a 94-79 North Atlantic Conference men's basketball win at Newman Gymnasium.
With the victory, the visiting Roos improve to 10-8 overall and 6-1 in NAC play while Husson drops to 9-6 and 5-1 in the conference.
The Eagles had their three-game winning streak snapped and lost at home for the first time since December 8.
While the Eagles did race out to an early 8-2 lead, the Roos used a blend of balanced scoring, quickness on the defensive end and 3-point shooting to build a 45-29 halftime advantage.
SUNY Canton responded to Husson's 8-2 run with a 9-0 surge of its own, and gradually stretched its lead to double-digits.
A 3-pointer by Justin Martin got the Eagles back within eight points with 4:30 remaining in the first half, but the Roos closed the opening 20 minutes on a 10-2 run to build their 16-point lead, with Andrew Fitch igniting the charge with a slam and a deep perimeter shot.
The start of the second half featured more of the same as the Roos extended their lead to 27 thanks to a 13-2 run over the first five minutes.
Husson showed plenty of fight, with a Kendall 3-pointer getting the Eagles back within 69-57 with just over six minutes to play, but Husson couldn't get the deficit under double-digits.
The Roos outrebounded Husson 47-35 while shooting 8-for-16 from 3-point range.
Freshman forward Cunningham was Husson's leading scorer with 17 points, one of three Eagles in double figures. Kendall contributed 14 points and DJ Bussey chipped in 13 with four steals.
SUNY CANTON LEADERS:
Jordan Stewart led five SUNY Canton players in double figures with 17 points, while Fitch recorded a double-double with 16 points and 15 boards. Brandon Adkisson (16), Robert Holliday, Jr. (15) and Danny Santana (10) were the other Roos to contribute double figures.
The Roos and Eagles will battle it out again on the hardwood tomorrow, Saturday January 19th at 12 p.m.