D3hoops Classic: Husson makes a statement


Photo by Larry Radloff, d3photography.com

LAS VEGAS - Husson made its presence known by knocking off No. 16 Scranton, while the UW-Stevens Point women held off the pressure from Occidental and Wartburg cut a 25-point second-half deficit to six before falling to Hampden-Sydney on the first day of the D3hoops.com Classic at the South Point arena.

Husson (7-1) led by as many as 14 points in the second half, going up 50-36 after Trevon Butler hit three free throws with 15:32 remaining in the game. But Butler was called for his fourth foul a minute and a half later, and Scranton (6-2) eventually worked its way back into the game, trailing just 64-60 before Butler finally returned to the game with 5:26 left.

Butler hit a layup up his return, then added a pair of free throws a couple of minutes later. Husson made eight of 11 free throws down the stretch to seal the game. Full story and photo gallery.

Mike Murray scored a career-high 27 points for Hampden-Sydney but the Tigers needed to hold on as Wartburg went on a 20-1 second-half run to get back in the game. 

The run cut the Tigers' lead to six, 58-52, but Murray scored seven of his points in the final three minutes to help seal the game. Hampden-Sydney improved to 8-0, while Wartburg fell to 7-3.

In the nightcap, Nick Daprato scored 19 points and Tyler Huffman added 19 off the bench as Clark rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat Colorado College 71-64. The Cougars (4-5) held Chris Lesnansky to two points in the second half after he scored 12 points in the first 20 minutes.

In Sunday's women's action, Occidental jumped out to a 10-4 lead and was tied as late as the 13:19 mark of the second half before UW-Stevens Point finished on a 23-10 run to win 56-43. Kaitlyn Jacobs finished with a game-high 14 points and added 10 rebounds for the Pointers (7-4), who outrebounded Occidental (0-7) 56-28.

Alyssa Krajco scored 15 first-half points en route to 19 points and 11 rebounds as UW-Platteville ran away from Wentworth 79-37. It's the third consecutive win for the Pioneers, who improve to 9-2. Carly Rogers had a team-high 18 points for Wentworth (3-6).