BANGOR, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington Beavers (12-6, 8-1 NAC) battled the Husson University men's basketball team (11-8, 7-2 NAC) at Newman Gym for the top ranking in the North Atlantic Conference with both teams entering into the matchup with the same 7-1 NAC record. Despite a strong effort by the Eagles, the Beavers came out on top, 92-82.
UMaine-Farmington opened the first half on a 7-0 run, but Husson rallied back off a strong defensive effort and went on a 10-0 run of their own to grab a 10-7 lead with 14:43 to go in the half. A DJ Bussey three-pointer would cap off Husson's early game scoring, and UMaine-Farmington would jump out to a narrow 20-19 lead with Riley Robinson paving the way with 11 points on the half. With 11:21 on the clock Robinson hit his 1000th career point for the Beavers, from the charity stripe.
The Beavers' lead was short lived, however, as a three-pointer, and a converted and-one play from Justin Martin helped the Eagles quickly regain a 25-21 advantage with 7:23 remaining in the half. UMaine-Farmington closed out the half with a 19-5 run to take a 40-34 lead into halftime.
UMaine-Farmington carried their momentum from the first half into the second with a 15-7 run to open the period and jump out to a 55-41 lead with 16:15 on the clock. Despite a trio of three-pointers from Brett Cunningham, Justice Kendall, and Justin Thompson over the next few minutes, UMaine-Farmington responded with back-to-back threes of their own from Issac Witham and Bill Ruby to continue extending their lead.
The Eagles fought their way back to a single-digit deficit off an impressive shooting performance from Kendall with five consecutive points to cut the Beavers' lead to nine with 2:28 left in regulation. Husson continued fighting to the final buzzer with a layup by Martin to close out scoring as UMaine-Farmington captured the 92-82 victory.
In his 100th career game at Husson, senior Martin tied Kendall on the scoreboard with 22 points while Martin grabbed a double-double adding on ten boards. Kendall hit a career-high in points, draining five three-pointers.
Bussey added on 16 points.
Leading all scorers Robinson netted 27 points while shooting 6-7 from the charity stripe.
Ruby chipped in 21 points, eight boards, and three steals.
Off the bench, Jack Kane contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, and a whopping six blocks.
Husson will take the next couple days off before hosting two Vermont teams next weekend, starting with Northern Vermont University-Johnson on Friday, February 1st at 5:30 p.m.