WATERVILLE, Maine – Despite falling behind early in the game, the Eagles came back to even the score 98-98 with just seconds left in regulation, but a deep running buzzer beater by Colby College helped the Mules escape overtime and capture a 101-98 win on Tuesday evening.
Dropping behind right from the start, 8-0, the Mules maintained at least a six-point separation throughout the entire first half, with an and-one by Brett Cunningham cutting the deficit to 26-20, halfway through the opening frame. Leading the Eagles throughout the half, both DJ Bussey and Justin Martin tucked away ten points to help bring the score to 56-42 as the Eagles trailed at the half.
Husson sparked a rally off a Corey Kaiser layup with 13:46 left in the game with a 23-10 run as they held Colby scoreless over the course of four minutes and snagged their first lead of the game thanks to a Martin layup with 6:33 remaining. Holding onto their advantage, Justice Kendall extended their lead to six points off a 3-pointer, but the Mules kept up the pace remaining within a few buckets up to the final two minutes when Colby's Ty Williams reclaimed a one-point edge, 96-95. Husson didn't wait long to respond with a Martin jumper, but with 13 seconds left in regulation, Wallace Tucker evened the score, 98-98, before his teammate drained a last second 3-pointer to pick up the win.
Nearly capturing a double-double before the end of the first half, Martin netted 22 points and snagged 19 boards.
Bussey hit 5-6 from 3-point range accumulating 21 points.
Off the bench, Justin Thompson added on 14 points and eight rebounds.
Sam Jefferson drained a whopping 29 points while shooting 7-12 from 3-point range.
Matt Hanna chipped in 19 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
Tucker added on 17 points and four boards.
Husson is back on the road with a conference game at Thomas College on Friday, January 25th. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.