Waterville, Maine—The Thomas College men's basketball team fell 91-90 to North Atlantic Conference foe the Spartans of Castleton State College. The Terriers were led by sophomore Franklin Salvador who netted 23 points.
The visiting Spartans (2-3, 1-1 NAC) wasted no time as they immediately went on a seven point run that was eventually ended by a free throw hit by Thomas' (3-3, 1-1 NAC) Jarrad DeVaughn. The Spartans took a 13 point lead, which was the biggest of the half, when Mark Comstock put in a lay-up with 7:59 to play.
The Terriers put together a seven point run which was jumpstarted by sophomore Martin Cleveland's five straight points that cut the Terriers deficit to eight points. Matt Cooney made a lay-up with 5:44 remaining in the first half to extend the Spartans lead to 10.
The Terriers battled back and with 2:31 remaining they cut the Spartans lead to just four points, 44-40. The teams exchanged baskets for the remainder of the half and at the break the Spartans held a 50-42 lead over the Terriers.
The Terriers struck first in the second half with a three pointer made by senior Antonio Juco. Comstock answered right back with three pointer for the Spartans. With 13:33 remaining in the second half the Terriers took their first lead of the game, 63-60, off of a three pointer hit by sophomore Stanley Greene Jr. With 12:13 left to play the Terriers held a six point lead which was their highest of the game.
Tyler Ackley hit a three-point basket with 9:05 to play to return the lead to the Spartans, 73-72. The Terriers tied the score 76-76 with 6:47 remaining in the half with a lay-up made by Cleveland.
Greene Jr. hit a pair of free throws to give the Terriers a 78-76 lead. Keith Schneider made a free-throw for the Spartans to bring the game within one point. With 4:07 left to play, Cooney made a lay-up to give the Spartans the lead, 83-82.
Salvador sunk a jump shot with 25 seconds left on the clock that gave the Terriers a 90-89 lead. Comstock answered back with a lay-up that gave the Spartans a 91-90 lead with just 16 seconds to play. With two seconds left DeVaughn put up a lay-up that hung on the rim but didn't fall in. Time expired and the Spartans held on to win 90-91.
The Terriers travel to cross-town rival Colby College on December 6th for 5:30 p.m. tip-off. The Spartans host the Thoroughbreds of Skidmore College on December 6th at 7 p.m.