BANGOR, ME – The Thomas College men's basketball team could not overcome a 24-point deficit at halftime in a 79-67 loss to Husson on Tuesday night in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play.
The Terriers have now lost their last three of four NAC contest as they drop to 6-8 (4-3 NAC) while the Eagles move into sole position of first place at 7-4 (5-1 NAC).
Thomas looked attack the paint early as their first ten points came off layups. The Eagles matched the Terriers start with 12 of their own to take an early lead. Husson began to extend their lead off a 23-2 run led by Raheem Anderson and big threes from Mitch Worcester.
Jordan Derosby (Waterville, Maine / Waterville) and Willie Grant (Philadelphia, Pa. / Paul Robeson) looked to jump-start the Terriers offense with a quick seven points to chip away at the deficit. Gonzalez added ten points in the next ten minutes to bring the Terriers within 13 with five minutes remaining.
Eli Itkin knocked down a huge three for the Eagles to stop the Terriers run. In the final minutes, the Terriers came within eight at 75-67 after five points from Simon and a layup from Gonzalez. Thomas went scoreless in the last two minutes as Anderson iced the game to preserve the 79-67 victory for Husson.
Gonzalez led all scorers with 24 points and pulled in eight rebounds while Simon finished with 23 points and four assists. Grant contributed with five points and ten rebounds.
Anderson paced the Eagles with his 22 points, three boards, and four assists. Zach Curran added 12 points and three rebounds in the win.
The Terriers will hit the road again on Saturday, January 14, as face the University of Maine at Farmington in a 1:00 p.m. conference matchup.