Husson's Season Ends in NCAA Tournament
Plattsburgh, NY – Husson men's basketball fell to Plattsburgh State 84-63 Saturday night in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
This was the 9th trip to the NCAA DIII Tournament in the last 19 years for Husson, and their 42 consecutive winning season. The last time these two teams met was in 2009 when Plattsburgh edged the Eagles out by 2, winning 72-70.
Husson jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first few minutes of the game, but never held the lead again. Plattsburgh shot 55.2% from the field, seeing 6 players score in double figures.
For Husson it was seniors Eric Modica (Kittery, ME), Wes Murphy (Norwich,CT), and Marc Zaharchuk (Richmond, ME) who lead the Eagles in scoring. Modica had 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals on the night. Zaharchuk had 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 assist in 26 minutes of play. Murphy added 11 points, 4 steals, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist.
The Eagles shot better from the line going 65.4% on the night. Unfortunately the 41-25 deficit going into the half proved too much to overcome, even though Husson matched up better with the Cardinals in the 2nd scoring 38 points to Plattsburgh's 43.
Ezra Hodgson scored a game high 15 points for the Cardinals, with 4 rebounds, and 1 assist. Hodgson went 6-7 on the night and a perfect 3-3 from beyond the 3-point arc. Jordan Moody had 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.
The Cardinals advance to play Amherst in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
February 25, 2013
Husson men's basketball (20-8) will travel to SUNY Plattsburgh (19-8) to play in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday, March 2.
Husson men's basketball advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament with their win over Castleton State College on February 23. The win also earned Husson its third NAC title in five seasons.
This will be the ninth trip to the national tournament in the last 19 years for Husson.
The Eagles have consistent offensive performances from seniors Marc Zaharchuk (Richmond, Maine), Eric Modica (Kittery, Maine), Wes Murphy (Norwich, Conn.), and Brooks Spaulding (Fairfield, Maine).
Zaharchuk scored his 1,000th career point in the NAC Final game against Castleton and was named MVP of the NAC Tournament. Modica who was named NAC Defensive Player of the Year is averaging 11.6 points per game, while collecting 102 defensive rebounds, and 15 blocks on the season.
Murphy has been a threat from beyond the three-point arc with multiple games in double figures, and 29 steals on the season. Spaulding is averaging 9.5 points a game, with 12 blocks and 20 steals.
Sophomore Aaron Willis (New York, N.Y.) has been both an offensive and defensive threat on the court this season, with a team-high 16 points in the NAC Championship game, and 36 steals on the season.
Plattsburgh State fell to Cortland State in the SUNYAC Championship game, eanring an at-large spot in the national tournament.
Sophomore guard Shamoy McIntosh (Floral Park, N.Y.) led the Cardinal offense this season, averaging 12.2 points per game while shooting 40.8 percent from the field.
Recently, the Cardinals have seen huge performances from sophomore guard Jordan Moody (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) who was named to the SUNYAC All-Tournament Team with his 16-point performance in the SUNYAC Championship game and junior guard/forward Kalik Parker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) who put up 20 points in the SUNYAC Semifinal game against SUNY Geneseo.
The only team Husson and Plattsburgh State both played against this year was Keene State. The Cardinals managed to come out victorious 70-67, while the Eagles dropped their season-opener with the Owls 90-78.