NAC Hoops: Eagles Split With Terriers
The best of times and the worst of times for Husson University basketball teams on Friday night. Kenzie Worcester helping to keep the women's team unbeaten in North Atlantic Conference play while a 79-foot shot at the buzzer dashed any hopes the men's team had of getting a #1 seed.
Thomas men 83, Husson 80: The Terriers came from double-digits down to come back and knock off the Eagles. With the score tied 80-80, Husson had two shots in the final seconds to win the game. Both shots missed the basket and Terriers forward Tyler Nixon grabbed the rebound and heaved the ball to the other end of the floor and swished the shot at the buzzer.
From the foul line area on one end of the floor to the other basket, nothing but net.
The loss for the Eagles drops them to 9-2 in NAC play (13-10 overall). With two games left on the schedule, the Eagles cannot catch UMaine Farmington for the conference's top spot.
Justin Thompson had a career-high 33 points for Husson.
Thomas College improves to 7-5 and 10-12.
Husson women 63, Thomas 46: It was Senior Night for the women's team on Friday at Newman Gymnasium, and the only senior on the team, Kenzie Worcester, put on an offensive clinic in the first half. Worcester scored Husson's first 12 points, and ended the opening quarter with 14. By halftime, she had 22 on 9-of-12 shooting, while going 4-of-6 from three-point range.
Worcester, the leading scorer in the NAC, took just two shots in the second half. After knocking down a jumper and a couple of free throws, Worcester finished Senior Night with 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting.
The Eagles led wire-to-wire, and their aggressive defense, which forced an impressive 35 turnovers, was what allowed them to control the game from start to finish.
The Eagles improved to 12-0 in the NAC and 16-7 overall. Husson will play again on Saturday, a road trip to UMaine Farmington. They'll play their final game of the regular season on Tuesday at Maine Maritime.