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BANGOR, Maine – The Thomas College men's basketball team fell to Husson University, 74-59, in last year's North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Finals rematch on Tuesday night.
The Terriers now sit at 1-3 (0-1 NAC) after dropping their third-straight while the Eagles stay unbeaten in the early season at 3-0 (1-0 NAC).
Within the first two minutes of the match, the Eagles established a lead that the Terriers could not surmount. Despite tying up the score three times in the first ten minutes of the match, the Eagles leapt ahead on a 13-3 run (30-20), holding the Terriers to a mere three points over the course of five minutes. In the final ten minutes of the first half, Husson caused the Terriers to turn the ball over, giving up only six points to extend their lead to 34-23 at the half. DJ Bussey netted four three-pointers for the Eagles to add onto his total of 14 points going into halftime.
Husson held Thomas at bay, only allowing the Terriers to creep within seven points of their lead throughout the entire second half. Raheem Anderson helped cushion the Eagles lead to a game-high separation of 19 points after draining both shots from the charity stripe followed up with a three-pointer with 4:02 left on the clock. Freshman guard Demetris Webster (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) made a late attempt at a comeback draining his only points of the game (six) in the final 1:45 for the Terriers. Closing out the night from the free throw line, Anderson put away a perfect 6-6, to help the Eagles down the Terriers 74-59.
Justin Martin registered a game-high of 17 points, shooting 3-7 from behind the arc for Husson while Anderson finished with 16 points and 9-10 from the free throw line.
Senior forward John Morgan (Sanford, Maine) dropped in 16 points and hauled in eight rebounds in the effort while senior center Carlos Gonzalez (Kennebunk, Maine) added seven points and 13 boards. Freshman guard Justin Butler (Orlando, Fla.) and junior forward Willie Grant (Philadelphia, Pa.) each recorded eight points.
Thomas will continue NAC play on Friday, December 1 as they host Lyndon State at 7:30 p.m. at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.