WATERVILLE, ME – The Thomas College men's basketball team fell in overtime, 100-96, to Husson on Thursday night in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play.
The Terriers fall to 12-12 (10-7 NAC) while the Eagles earn their sixth-straight victory, moving to 18-6 (15-2 NAC).
Thomas jumped out to an early 7-0 run in the opening minutes, holding the lead through the first half. The Eagles notched the game up 8-8 on back-to-back threes from Raheem Anderson and Justin Smith. The Terriers responded with a 13-0 run to re-extend their lead behind six points from Tyheem Simon (Far Rockaway, N.Y. / Lawrence). Zach Curran finished the half with nine points to bring the Eagles within four at the half.
Anderson caught fire in the opening seven minutes of the second half with a quick 15 points, tying the game up at 50-50. Simon paced the Terriers with eight points during that span. Thomas opened up to a 73-60 lead with 4:44 remaining behind an 8-0 run. Simon and Jordan Derosby (Waterville, Maine / Waterville) each knocked down a big three-pointer.
Mitch Worcester looked to get the Eagles back in it as he added eight-straight points to bring the Eagles within four. In the final seconds, Zach Mackinnon (Kennebunk, Maine / Kennebunk) made one of two free throws to put the Terriers ahead 80-77. On the ensuing Eagles possession, Anderson buried the game-tying three with 18 seconds remaining. The Terriers could not capitalize on the final possession, setting up for overtime.
In extra time, it was all Husson as costly turnovers put the Terriers down by four early. The Eagles held on the rest of the way behind 12 points from Anderson to finish the scoring at 100-96.
Simon led the Terriers with 25 points and finished with four assists while Derosby netted 23 points, including his 1,000-career point. Mackinnon contributed with 16 on 5-of-8 shooting from behind the arch. Ian King (Westbrook, Maine / Hebron Academy) dished out 15 assists and hauled in nine rebounds.
Anderson came up huge scoring 50 of his team's 100 points on 16-of-31 shooting from the field. Worcester added 15 points and Curran finished 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Terriers will wrap up their regular season schedule as they travel to Maine Maritime on Saturday, February 18 for a 1:00 p.m. matchup.