Bangor, ME – Husson men's basketball looked to pick up their tenth straight win of the 2013-14 season as they faced in-state rival Colby College on Tuesday night at Newman Gymnasium. They were successful, as they beat the Mules 82-74 in thrilling fashion and improved to 10-0. With the loss, Colby stands at 6-4.
Colby had a strong start in the first half, jumping out to an 18-5 lead in the first seven minutes. Connor O'Neil (Freeport, ME) kicked off the action for the Mules with two three-pointers in the first three minutes. Husson regrouped after a timeout and began to cut down the deficit. Heading into halftime, the Eagles trailed by three, 32-29. Patrick Stewart (Bangor, ME) led the field with seven first half points for the Mules, and teammate Sam Willson (Watertown, CT) matched him with seven of his own. Colby's Chris Hudnut (Chevy Chase, MD) led the game with seven rebounds at the half. Mike Gonzales (Fort Washington, MD) led the Eagles with six points, and Husson teammate Trevon Butler (Waterbury, CT) put up five points, grabbed four rebounds, and dished out two assists.
Husson took the lead in the second half at 35-34 off a Butler layup. The game went back-and-forth from there. Aaron Willis (New York, NY) hit a three to bring the Eagles to a 45-43 lead, and two free throws from Willis extended Husson's lead to 47-43, the team's largest of the game so far. A Luke Westman (Newton, MA) layup for the Mules tied the game at 47-47, and Colby regained the lead off a Westman free throw. Another Willis three-pointer found the Eagles with a five point lead (55-50), and a Donte Cottonham (Silver Spring, MD) three extended it to six points (58-52). Colby continued to fight back, tying the score again at 60-60 off two free throws from Westman, and then going ahead off a Westman jumper, 64-62. Husson senior Phil Leighton (Naples, ME) responded with a huge three for the Eagles, but the Mules came right back again with a Willson jumper. Gonzales tied it at 67-67 with just under five minutes remaining.
At just under two minutes, a Dan Fleming (Fairfield, ME) layup put Husson ahead 74-71. Willis hit a three-pointer to make it 77-71 with a minute remaining, and that would settle the game. Husson would close it out to win 82-74.
Willis ended up with a game-high 21 points for the Eagles, and two others ended up in double scoring figures, Gonzales (13) and Leighton (12). Westman was Colby's high-scorer with 19 points. Willson ended up with 14, Stewart had 13, and Hudnut had 10. Willson had a game-high 9 rebounds, and Butler led the Eagles with 7.
Coach Warren Caruso said of the Eagles' win, "Our guys responded very well after a slow start. All year long we have had guys step up at the right time. It was a good win for us heading into important conference games."
Husson will next play North Atlantic Conference opponent Maine Maritime on Saturday at 3 PM in Castine. Colby will host Wesleyan at 8 PM on Friday.
Aaron began his career at WVII in March of 2008. He attended Old Town High School, where he graduated in 2004. From there he moved on to the New England School of Communications, majoring in Sports Broadcasting and Journalism. Originally a sports radio major, Aaron co-hosted a weekly sports radio show on WHSN called This Week in Sports while also doing play by play and color commentary of Husson Eagle sporting events. He also spent a semester as the stations sports director. After his sophomore year he realized he had run out of radio classes to take, so he began taking TV courses while also working at Stephen King’s sports station WZON. Aaron graduated from NESCom in May of 2008 with a degree in communications, and was named the top broadcast journalist of his class. Since joining ABC-7 and Fox Bangor he has won multiple Maine Association of Broadcasting Awards.
In his free time Aaron likes, surprise, to watch sports and play sports. From mountain climbing to basketball, there are very few sports Aaron doesn’t enjoy. He also likes traveling when he gets the chance, and is happy he has been able to pursue his passion for sports while staying close to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @AaronRJackson, and you can catch him weeknights at 6, 10 and 11 on ABC-7 and Fox Bangor. He can also be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.