April 05, 2020
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Funk sparks Husson> Braves roll early

BANGOR – Husson College junior forward Sean Foye said all the Braves worked on in practice throughout the week was “rebounding and playing defense.”

It paid huge dividends on Tuesday as the Braves held the University of Maine-Farmington to 25 first-half points en route to a convincing 101-72 Maine Athletic Conference win over the Beavers at the Newman Gym.

Earlier Tuesday, the UMF women upended Husson 72-59.

The Husson men are now 15-7 overall, 5-1 in the conference. UMF fell to 6-8, 4-3.

“Basically, they outplayed us,” said UMF senior forward and co-captain Ben Redstone.

Chris Funk, who paced Husson with 20 points, said “this was one of our better games. Everybody contributed.”

The Braves left little doubt who was in control when they outscored UMF 24-10 over the final 10 minutes of the first half to build a 23-point halftime lead.

“We all played hard. We all shared the ball. It was a good team effort,” said senior guard Tony Tobin, who poured in nine of his 11 points in the first half and keyed the fast break with his lightning quickness.

Funk had 15 of his points in the first half.

The Braves played an aggressive man-to-man most of the time and contested every inch of court space.

Husson extended the lead in the second half and was never seriously threatened.

Foye finished with 19 points and six rebounds and Mike McCaffrey wound up with 12 points and seven rebounds. Funk grabbed five rebounds and Tobin had five steals and three assists.

Jeremy Bryant had 12 points for UMF. Steve Toland and Jason White had 10 each.

“We played well defensively. We did a lot of good things tonight,” said Husson coach Warren Caruso.

In the opener, UMF simply had too much scoring balance, diversity and depth for Husson.

The Beavers are now 12-3 overall and lead the MAC at 7-0, while while Husson fell to 12-7, 4-2.

UM-Farmington used a run of eight unanswered points midway through the second half to build a 59-50 lead, then clinched it when Rebecca Fletcher drove the lane and fed Millinocket’s Cara Moir underneath for three jumpers in the paint in the final four minutes.

The last Moir jumper made it 65-52 with 1:30 left and sewed it up.

UMF controled the boards at both ends of the court and received a lot more production from its perimeter shooters.

“Because we’ve got such a good inside game, that opens up the perimeter for us,” said UMF senior guard Kristy Parent.

“This was one of our best games this year because we played well for all 40 minutes,” said Fletcher.

The Beavers also received plenty of inside production from Margo Bailey, Moir and standout center Caryn Lasante.

Bailey finished with 14 points off the bench including 10 in the second half. Moir had 16, including 12 in the second half, and Lasante added eight.

UMF held a 51-50 lead when Parent triggered the decisive spurt with a 3-pointer from the corner. She then lobbed a pass to Bailey for an easy layup and Lasante fed Jen Robertson for a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

Husson never got within nine the rest of the way.

Emily Walker finished with a game-high 21 points and seven rebounds for the Braves. Kelly Dow contributed 12 points and Carrie Cram added nine.

Jill Atwood had nine points for UMF with Fletcher and Parent adding eight each. Parent grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, Fletcher had eight assists and Parent had six.

“We couldn’t shoot, we didn’t play well defensively and we made too many mental mistakes. You can’t make mental mistakes against a team like Farmington,” said Husson coach Kissy Walker.

Braves 101, Beavers 72

UM-Farmington (6-8) Husson men (15-7)

Name G AG F AF TP Name G AG F AF TP

Bryant 4 7 3 3 12 Sompatzis 2 3 3 5 8

Berthiaume 1 11 4 5 6 McCaffrey 3 8 3 4 12

Meader 2 9 2 2 6 Dyt 0 2 0 0 0

Toland 4 6 2 2 10 Foye 7 12 2 2 19

Webster 2 7 0 0 5 Tobin 5 11 0 0 11

Dufort 3 4 0 2 7 Katz 0 2 0 0 0

Spadea 0 3 2 2 2 Breen 2 3 4 7 8

White 3 4 2 2 10 Cotto 2 4 0 0 6

Redstone 0 1 0 0 0 Funk 7 12 6 10 20

Tracy 0 0 0 0 0 Olson 0 2 4 4 4

Lasante 2 2 4 4 8 Rivers 2 3 1 2 6

Soucie 0 1 0 0 0 Durost 0 0 0 0 0

Deeds 2 2 0 0 4 King 1 1 0 0 2

Benge 1 1 0 0 2 Lancaster 1 2 2 2 4

Arnold 0 1 0 0 0 Robb 0 0 0 0 0

Leighton 0 0 0 0 0

Totals 24 59 19 22 72 Totals 32 65 25 36 101

UM-Farmington 25 72

Husson 48 101

3-pt. goals: UM-Farmington (5-19): White 2-3, Webster 1-3, Bryant 1-2, Dufort 1-1, Berthiaume 0-7, Meader 0-2; Husson (11-21): McCaffrey 3-4, Foye 3-5, Cotto 2-2, Rivers 1-2, Tobin 1-5, Funk 0-1, Sompatzis 1-1, Katz 0-1

Attendance: 381

Beavers 72, Braves 59

UMaine-Farmington women (12-3) 72

Robertson 2-0-5, Hartman, Normand, Fletcher 2-4-8, Parent 1-5-8, Downes, Roak 0-1-1, Rosebush 1-1-3, Atwood 4-0-9, Moir 8-0-16, Bailey 4-6-14, Lasante 4-0-8

Husson (12-7) 59

Ledien, Northrup 1-2-5, Weed 1-2-4, Russ, Cram 4-1-9, Tobin, Nye 2-2-6, Doughty, Dow 4-3-12, Walker 8-5-21, Emerson, York

3-pt. goals: Robertson, Parent, Atwood; Northrup, Dow

Halftime: UM-Farmington 31, Husson 28


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