Sessoms Lifts Bearcats Over Highlanders
It was a quick homecoming for the BU men's basketball team, defeating Sacred Heart back on November 16. As for November 20, the Bearcats looked for back to back wins as they visited NJIT to face the Highlanders.
NJIT got out to a 12-0 lead to begin the game. This came from Zach Cooks dropping 18 points and San Antonio Brinson pouring in 17 while snatching seven boards as well. The team managed to put up 43 points in the first half.
BU managed to tie the game at one point but primarily played a lot of catch up in the first half. Brenton Mills led the Bearcats in scoring with 13, hitting three shots from deep. Hakon Hjalmarsson added eight with Sam Sessoms chipping in six on a rough 1-5 start from the field. Collectively, they scored 35 points to cut the lead to eight going into halftime.
The Highlanders continued to put the ball in the bucket in the second half. Zach Cooks and San Antonio Brinson helped carry the load as Cooks finished with 35 shooting 50 percent from three and Brinson had a double-double scoring 22 and snatching 11 rebounds. The team finished with a total of 75 points.
BU clawed tooth and nail to keep pace and they managed to do just that. In the closing seconds, the scored was tied at 75. With 22 seconds remaining Brenton Mills, who tallied 17 points, coraled the rebound and put the ball in the hands of Sam Sessoms. Sessoms drained the clock and he got the shot to drop for him with two seconds left, giving him 33 to go with 12 boards and five assists. The Bearcats win 77-75 as they comeback to defeat NJIT for the first time in their three matchups.
This gives the team back-to-back wins and a momentum boost as they will put their win streak on the line on November 23 against Army.