Waterville, Maine—The Thomas College men's basketball team defeated the Owls of the University of Maine at Presque Isle 81-66 in the first round of the Charlie Ryan Classic. The Terriers were lead by sophomore Franklin Salvador who scored 22 points, pulled down three rebounds, and dished out two assist.
With the win the Terriers improve to 2-0 while the Owls fall to 1-1
Junior Jarrad DeVaughn got the Terriers on the board with a lay-up that would give them a lead they would never relinquish. A pair of free throws by Stanley Greene Jr. paved the way for a 19 point run by the Terriers that spanned over three and a half minutes that would eventually be stopped by a jump shot made by UMPI's Aaron Hutchins. The Owls were able put together a seven point run that was halted by Salvador.
When the scoreboard read zeros at the end of the first half Thomas led 43-38.
The Terriers wasted no time in the second half as they started off on a 17 point run that was eventually stopped by a three hit by Hutchins. The Owls fought to chip at the Terriers lead but when the time expired the Terriers led 81-66.
DeVaughn chipped in 21 points for Thomas while grabbing seven rebounds and adding two assist. Freshman Eric Westbrooks led the team with nine rebounds.
The Owls were led by Michael Warner who had 19 points, 3 rebounds and an assist. Patrick Manifold pulled down 17 rebounds, added nine points, and had one assist.
The Terriers advance to Championship game of the Charlie Ryan Classic. They tip-off at 3 p.m. against the Jumbos of Tufts University who defeated the Nighthawks of Newbury College 88-82 in the first round. The Owls play the Nighthawks at 1 p.m. in the consolation game.