Bangor, ME – Husson University men's basketball suffered its first North Atlantic Conference defeat at the hands of Lyndon State on Saturday afternoon in Newman Gymnasium, 101-85. The Eagles drop to 9-1 in league play (13-3 overall), while the Hornets pick up their fourth NAC win to improve to 4-6 (5-11 overall).
Lyndon State jumped out to an early 9-1 lead, fueled by a series of Husson turnovers. The Hornets increased their lead to 22-9 with 10:02 remaining on the clock, as Husson struggled to make baskets. The Eagles closed the gap to eight and headed into the half trailing 39-31.
The Hornets were fueled by a 48.3 shooting percentage from the field (14-of-29), where Husson shot 29.4 percent (10-of-34). Husson went 0-for-7 from behind the arc to Lyndon's 6-for-10. Avery King (Pawtucket, RI) paced the Hornets with 11 points, and Robert Alers (Central Falls, RI) scored eight. Husson's Raheem Anderson (Miramar, FL) scored 11 first half points, and Trevon Butler (Waterbury, CT) had nine points and six rebounds.
Butler scored the opening basket of the second half to cut the Hornets' lead to six. A Lyndon State run extended their lead to 14, highlighted by strong play from Jose Berroa (Lawrence, MA). With ten minutes remaining, the Hornets led by 16, 61-45. Husson struggled on offense, finding themselves 14-for-48 from the field (29.2 percent) and 0-for-12 from beyond the arc with ten minutes remaining.
Jacob Moore (Hampden, ME) broke the Eagles' dry spell with a three-pointer at 67-48, but it wasn't enough, as Husson found themselves down 71-48 with just over six minutes remaining. Lyndon held on to their lead, despite a late push from the Eagles, and won the game 101-85.
David Johnson (Washington, DC) finished with a game-high 32 points for the Hornets. Rontrez Purcell (Washington, DC) added 15 points, Berroa had 14, Alers scored 12, and King finished with 11. Alers also had a game-high seven rebounds.
For Husson, Butler finished the night with 27 points and seven rebounds. Anderson added 19, and Eli Itkin (Providence, RI) scored 15.
The Eagles will travel to Bowdoin on Tuesday for a 7 PM game. The Hornets will also be on the road to take on Middlebury on Tuesday at 7 PM.