Roos Advance To Conference Championship Game
FARMINGTON, ME – Sophomore George Nehma recorded a career-high 22 points and the Roos used a hot start and never trailed as the men’s basketball team earned an 89-81 win vs Husson University in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Semifinals on Friday evening.
With the win the Roos punched their ticket to the NAC Championship where they will take on top seed and tournament host Maine Farmington on Saturday at 2 p.m. The winner will earn the conference’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Result: SUNY Canton 89, Husson 81Location: Dearborn Gymnasium – Farmington, MERecords: SUNY Canton (15-11) | Husson (12-15)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Roos exploded out of the gates opening the game with 18 unanswered points as they held Husson without a basket until 7 minutes, 23 seconds into the contest.SUNY Canton led by as many as 32 (45-13) following an Andrew Fitch layup with 1:14 left in the opening half. Husson closed the stanza on a 9-2 run as the Roos led 47-22 at intermission.Husson chipped away at the lead but Canton still held a 19-point lead at 66-47 with 9:54 left in the second half.The Roos continued to control play and held a 79-66 advantage with 2:16 to play before a late Eagles run trimmed their deficit to just six following a Scott Lewis three-pointer with 1:12 to go.Canton went 7-for-8 from the charity stripe in the final minute to hold off a late comeback bid from Husson.Nehma upped his career-high from earlier this season by five points as he totaled 22 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the field including a 3-for-4 mark from three-point range. He also added six rebounds.Danny Santana finished with 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting with five rebounds, while Quran DuBois chipped in 14 points and five rebounds. Joseph Werner nearly recorded a double-double on 10 points and nine rebounds to go with a game-high five assists, while Andrew Fitch also nearly accomplished the feat with eight points and 10 boards.Juztin Chambers-Phillips contributed to the balance offensively with nine points. Kahdean Bennett also dished out four dimes.Entering today SUNY Canton ranked fifth nationally in field goal percentage defense (37.8 percent), and they would hold the Eagles to just 36.8 percent shooting for the game.Meanwhile, the Roos hit on 57 percent of their field goals (33-for-58). Canton controlled rebounds (47-32) and points in the paint (48-26).Lewis paced the Eagles with a game-high 25 points, while DJ Bussey (17) and Justice Kendall (11) also reached double figures.
WHAT'S NEXT The Roos will square off with Maine Farmington on Saturday at 2 p.m. with an NCAA Tournament berth on the line. SUNY Canton went 10-4 in the NAC during the regular season, while the Beavers were 13-1. The Roos handed UMF their only conference loss of the season as the teams split a pair of regular season meetings.