March 1, 2014

Husson Downs UMF for Third Men's Basketball Title in Four Years

Bangor, Maine  Husson University Men's Basketball captured their fourth NAC Championship in six years, their first back-to-back Conference Championship since 2000-2001.

Husson Univeristy - Men's Basketball Champions "The game was one of the best games I have ever been a part of. Both teams played at such a high level throughout the game, it was unfortunate that one team had to lose," said Head Coach Warren Caruso after the game.

The Eagles, who are now 10-3 in conference championship games under Coach Caruso, defeated the University of Maine at Farmington 96-89 in overtime on Saturday afternoon.

With the victory Husson clinches an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, their 10th National Tournament Appearance in the last 20 years,  17thNational Tournament appearance in program history, and the 80th overall for Husson University Athletics.

"We can't say enough about this group. They showed so much heart and passion today to win the Championship," said Caruso.

Both Donte Cottonham (Silver Spring, MD) and Trevon Butler (Waterbury, CT) splashed two early 3-pointers to put the Eagles ahead 12-7 in the first half. The two teams exchanged scores before UMF tied it up at 17-17 on a Nick Hilton jump shot with 9:29 remaining in the half.

The Eagles built a lead at 6:14 remaining on another Cottonham 3-pointer, going up 28-2. The Beavers hung with the Eagles and eventually took the 33- 31 lead on a Garret Clemmer 3-pointer as the two teams headed into the half.

Butler led the Eagles with 11 points in the first half, bringing down 2 rebounds, and adding 3 assists. The Beavers were led by Andrew Dickey and Ben Johnson who had 10 points a piece in the first 20 minutes.

Farmington came out fighting in the second half, going up as much as 9 points with 15:18 remaining in regulation. Husson battled back with 18 combined points from Butler and Phil Leighton (Naples, ME) to recapture a 54-52 lead.

Husson took a 3-point lead into the final minute of regulation, but Pet Sumner sank a jumper and a 3-pointer to tie the game at 79-79 with 5 seconds on the clock, sending the game into overtime.

Farmington answered first in the overtime, when Johnson made a jump shot, however the Eagles responded with nine unanswered points to create an 88-81 lead with a little under 1:30 remaining.

Johnson delivered again for Farmington hitting back-to-back jumpers to close it to 92-89. Husson was sharp from the free throw line when it counted the most, as Corey Wood (Laurel, MD), Leighton, and Dan Fleming (Fairfield, ME) went a perfect 8 for 8 from the line in the final 48 seconds.

Butler ended the afternoon with 28 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists, in route to earning Tournament MVP honors. Leighton was the second leading scorer for Husson with 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.

"We had a lot of guys make big plays to us win today," added Caruso.

Johnson grabbed a double double with his 28 points and 20 rebounds, while teammate Garrett Clemmer added 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists for the Beavers.

NAC All-Tournament Team
Chad Copeland - Castleton
David Johnson – Lyndon State
Ben Johnson – Me. Farmington
Sam Leal – Me. Farmington
Corey Wood – Husson University
Trevon Butler (MVP)– Husson University  

The Eagles will await their opponent for the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Selection Show is set for Monday, March 3rd at 12:30 PM.

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, February 25 at Higher Seed

 

(8) Johnson State

55

(1)   Husson

88 - RECAP

(7) New England Col.

88

(2)   Castleton

128 - RECAP

(6) Me.-Farmington

80

(3)   Colby-Sawyer

61 - RECAP 

(5) Thomas

59

(4)   Lyndon

91 - RECAP

Semifinals – Friday, February 28 at Husson

Me.-Farmington

107

Castleton 

97 - RECAP 

Lyndon

76

Husson

93 - RECAP

Finals – Saturday, March 1 at Husson

Me.-Farmington

89

Husson

96 (OT)

 




February 28, 2014

No. 6 University of Maine at Farmington continued to upset its way through the NAC Men's Basketball Tournament, downing No. 2 Castleton 107-97. Husson downed Lyndon 93-76 in the other semifinal, setting the stage for Saturday's 2 p.m. final.

Championship Bracket

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, February 25 at Higher Seed

 

(8) Johnson State

55

(1)   Husson

88 - RECAP

(7) New England Col.

88

(2)   Castleton

128 - RECAP

(6) Me.-Farmington

80

(3)   Colby-Sawyer

61 - RECAP 

(5) Thomas

59

(4)   Lyndon

91 - RECAP

Semifinals – Friday, February 28 at Husson

Me.-Farmington

107

Castleton 

97 - RECAP 

Lyndon

76

Husson

93 - RECAP

Finals – Saturday, March 1 at Husson

Me.-Farmington

at

Husson

2 pm - Live Coverage

 


February 25, 2014

Three of the four top seeds in the NAC Men's Basketball Tournament punched their tickets to the semifinal round with relative ease, while the University of Maine at Farmington provided the night's lone upset from the sixth seed. 

Championship Bracket

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, February 25 at Higher Seed

 

(8) Johnson State

55

(1)   Husson

88 - RECAP

(7) New England Col.

88

(2)   Castleton

128 - RECAP

(6) Me.-Farmington

80

(3)   Colby-Sawyer

61 - RECAP 

(5) Thomas

59

(4)   Lyndon

91 - RECAP

Semifinals – Friday, February 28 at Husson

Me.-Farmington

vs

Castleton 

6 pm

Lyndon

at

Husson

8 pm 

Finals – Saturday, March 1 at Husson

Semifinal Winners

 

 


February 22, 2014

Defending champion Husson University has secured the top seed in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament. The Eagles (23-2 overall, 17-1 NAC) will host eighth-seeded Johnson State College (6-19 overall, 3-15 NAC) in a quarterfinal game on Tuesday.

Castleton State College earned the second seed, finishing the season 18-7 overall, 16-2 NAC. The Spartans will host New England College (8-17 overall, 5-13 NAC) which earned the seventh seed.

Third-seeded Colby-Sawyer College (14-10 overall, 13-5 NAC) will host sixth-seeded UMaine-Farmington (11-14 overall, 9-9 NAC), while fourth-seeded Lyndon State College (12-13 overall, 12-6 NAC) hosts fifth seed Thomas College (11-14, 11-7 NAC) in the final quarterfinal Tuesday.

The top eight teams qualify for the NAC Championship. Predetermined tiebreaking procedures were used to seed teams with identical conference winning percentages.

Quarterfinal round games will be played on Tuesday, February 25 at the higher seed. Winners will advance to the semifinals held at the highest remaining seed on Friday, February 28. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, March 1 at the site of the semifinal.

Game times and dates are subject to change. The NAC Champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.

Championship Bracket

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, February 25 at Higher Seed

 

(8) Johnson State

at

(1)   Husson

 

(7) New England Col.

at

(2)   Castleton

 

(6) Me.-Farmington

at

(3)   Colby-Sawyer

 

(5) Thomas

at

(4)   Lyndon

 

Semifinals – Friday, February 28 at Highest Remaining Seed

Thomas/Lyndon

vs

Johnson St./Husson

 

Me.-Farmington/Colby-Sawyer

vs

New England Col./Castleton

 

Finals – Saturday, March 1 at Semifinal Site

Semifinal Winners