Lewiston, Maine – Thomas College junior guard Jarrad DeVaughn hit his 1,000th career point in the Terriers 72-63 loss to Bates on Tuesday evening. DeVaughn scored a game high 29 points and snagged six rebounds and Franklin Salvador added 17 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
With the loss the Terriers fall to 2-2 (0-0 NAC) on the season while the Bates Bobcats improves to 2-2.
DeVaughn entered the game with 972 career points and joined the Terriers 1,000 point club with 1:35 left in the second off of a free throw.
The Terriers controlled the momentum in the first half of play as DeVaughn and Salvador both chipped in 12 points to help the Terriers jump out to a 34-22 half time lead. Both teams struggled from behind the arc in the first half as the Terriers went 3-12 and Bates when 0-9 and both teams were even on rebounds with 27.
The Terriers maintained the lead till Bates' Billy Selmon drained a jumper with 10:47 remaining in the second giving the Bobcats a 48-47 lead. Salvador answered right back with a jumper from three point land taking the lead back at 50-48.
Mark Burst gave the lead back to the Bobcats with 7:06 left off of a layup set up by a Graham Safford rebound from a missed three by Thomas' Marquis Pollard pushing the score to 57-55; a lead the Bates would not relinquish.
Thomas answered with a layup by Antonio Juco and a foul shot by Juco on the Terriers next two possessions to cut the lead to one with 6:14 to go. The teams traded two turnovers apiece before Brust hit his second three to make it 60-56 with 4:30 left. DeVaughn converted another three-point play to take Thomas back within two, 63-61, but Bates outscored Thomas 9-2 over the final 3:31 for the 72-63 win.
The Terriers take to the court twice this weekend as they open North Atlantic Conference play against the Eagles of Green Mountain on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and finish the weekend with a Saturday match up against the Spartans of Castleton at 1:00 p.m.