BANGOR, MAINE - The Green Mountain College men's basketball team was defeated by Husson University, 95-73, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play on Saturday afternoon in Newman Gymnasium.
In the opening minutes of the half, Husson (15-4, 11-1 NAC) and Green Mountain (6-11, 4-8 NAC) went bucket for bucket. Husson crept out to an early 4-0 lead and managed to hold onto a slim lead through the opening eight minutes of play, but Green Mountain knotted the game at 12-12 with 12:35 remaining in the half after a made free throw by De Shaun Carr (Moreno Valley, Calif.). After Husson made a jumper on its next possession, GMC's Diante Warner (Albany, N.Y.) followed it up with a trey to give the visitors a 15-14 lead with 11:43 to go.
Unfortunately, GMC remained stuck on 15 points for the four minutes and watched Husson climb into the driver's seat with a 14-0 run over that span. Jacob Plum's (Temecula, Calif.) jumper ended the run, but the hosts would use that cushion to its advantage and entered halftime with a 41-33 lead.
After GMC's Sean Leflore (Moreno Valley, Calif.) hit a pair of free throws to open the second half and draw the visitors to within 41-35, Husson's Justin Thompson scored seven-straight points to regain its double digit lead, 48-35.
By the 15:11 mark, GMC had whittled the deficit back to seven points following a layup by Carr. However, that was as close as the Eagles would get for the rest of the way as Husson used an 8-0 run midway through the second half boosting their lead by 15 points with 10:09 left to play in the game.
Husson received a game-high 21 points from Thompson who also added 11 rebounds and two steals. Mitch Worcester tallied 17 points and five rebounds and Rahim Anderson added 16 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Leflore led the Eagles with 15 points while also adding five rebounds. Carr connected for 12 points while Duane Goodman, Jr. recorded 11 points and five boards. Matt Hess led the team in rebounding with 10 caroms on top of his nine points.
Husson led Green Mountain in rebounds (49-41), steals (7-3), and field goal percentage (43.8%-38.2%)
The Eagles return home for their next contest as they take on conference opponent Johnson on January 31st.