Terriers Drop Heartbreaker to Spartans

Terriers Drop Heartbreaker to Spartans

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. 

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