"That got our guys motivated in the offseason..our returners really came back ready to go, focused," said head coach Warren Caruso.
That was last year.
This season the Eagles are looking to reclaim their place at the top of the conference, but they'll have to do without their de facto team MVP from last year Raheem Anderson.
"He's always been a great guy..been a good teammate..you know I think he just set the bar for us in the long run and taught us alot," said sophomore guard DJ Bussey.
Husson still returns two of their top three scorers in Bussey and Justin Martin and they'll spread the ball around to fill out their offense.
"Its gonna be tough filling the gap but we have so many talented players on our team we can really spread the ball around alot..we don't really need people taking 15, 20 shots a game," said Martin.
Bussey said he had some extra motivation in the offseason working on his game: "over the summer I went back to Arizona..did a lot of training with my dad..he pushed me alot pushed me hard..did a lot of running did a lot of shooting."
Coach Caruso is looking for freshmen like Justice Kendall and Brett Cunningham to help their established scoring presence.
Even without Anderson the team is focused on improving their defense.
"We think we can handle ourselves on the offensive end but our defense..we definitely have to step up..we're working on getting our defense set and knowing how to run it..but I think we'll be alright," said Martin.
They'll put that defense to the test Saturday against Pine Manor.