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Modica and Cottonham lead Husson to first victory

December 2, 2012
By Ryan Kimball of RK Sports Productions

(Watch video highlights at the end of story from this game)

Bangor - Senior guard Eric Modica scored 17 points and four steals to lead the Husson University Eagles to their first victory of the season. The Eagles defeated the Saint Joseph’s Monks 86-76 at Newman Gymnasium on Thursday night.  

Husson forced 11 turnovers in the first half. Over the final 12 minutes of the half, the Eagles went on a 30-13 run. They shot 60 percent in the first half with many of their points coming of turnovers.

Eric Cottonham and Modica both scored nine points in the first half to lead the Eagles. Aaron Willis sparked the Eagles coming off the bench, which helped start their big run.

Husson took a 47-29 lead going into the locker room.

In the second half, the Monks went on a 12-3 run cutting the deficit to 67-57 with 9:25 to go in the game. St. Joseph’s played better defense forcing the Eagles to take many three pointers late in the shot clock.

Less than a minute later, Monks junior guard Matthew Medeiros made two free throws making it a nine point game. With 7:38 to go in the game, Medeiros converted on two more free throws to cut the score to 68-61. Junior forward Nicholas Jobin made a layup with 5:17 remaining to bring St. Joseph’s within four, but this was the closest they came.

Junior transfer Cottonham nailed a three point jumper with 3:22 to go to put the Monks away.

“We have a lot of pieces who can do a lot of different things,” said Husson men’s basketball coach Warren Caruso.

Husson had five players in double figures. Cottonham scored 15, Phil Leighton, Brooks Spaulding, and Corey Wood all had 11 points. Jacob Moore with seven, Aaron Willis added six and five rebounds, Marc Zaharchuk and Wes Murphy chipped in with four points.    

Caruso talked about the additions of Wood and Cottonham to the team “They are really positive guys. I really like their energy everyday being positive and wanting to practice. I can not ask for too much more from two guys that did their role.”

The Monks had four players in double figures. Nicholas Jobin lead St. Joseph’s with 19 points. Krubiel Workie scored 16, Zach Blodgett added 14, six rebounds and four assists and Medeiros added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Other scorers for St. Joseph’s were Julio Vazquez with six points and eight rebounds, Steve Simonds added five, Jordan Tripp scored four and Craig Luschenat chipped in with two.

The Eagles shot 50 percent (31-61) from the floor and 31 percent (9-29) from the three point line. Husson shot 65 percent (15-23) from the charity stripe.

“If you look at some of the people that were coming off the bench were starters for us last year,” said Caruso. Caruso continued “Adding three transfers who started for us tonight certainly makes us a deep team.”

St. Joseph’s shot 50 percent (24-48) from the field and 23 percent (4-17) from three point line. The Monks shot 77 percent (24-31) from the free throw line.  

The Eagles improve to 1-1 on the season and will play WPI at home tomorrow at 1 p.m. St. Joseph’s falls to 3-1 and will play at Suffolk tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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