Waterville, Maine – The Thomas College men's basketball team put together an impressive second half comeback to down the Beavers of the University of Maine at Farmington 81-73, in a North Atlantic Conference match-up Saturday afternoon. With the win the Terriers improve to 8-5 and 5-3 in the NAC, while handing the Beavers their first loss in NAC play this season. The Beavers fall to 7-5 and 7-1 in the NAC.
The Terriers were led by junior Jarrad DeVaughn's 17 points, six rebounds, and four steals. The Terriers also got support from sophomore's Franklin Salvador who scored 14 points and Stanley Greene Jr. who came off the bench to hit 11 points and grabbed a team high seven rebounds.
The Beavers were led by Kevin Leary who scored a game high 19 points and Pet Sumner who drained 18 points. Andre Dickey came off the bench and chipped in 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the visitors.
The first half saw both teams take turns with the lead as there were five lead changes and four ties in the opening half. With the game tied at 31 apiece with 4:31 remaining in the opening session; Farmington put together a 8-3 point run giving the Beavers a six point lead and the biggest lead of the half. With a 1:10 remaining Salvador sunk on from three point land, cutting the Beavers lead to three and giving the Terriers some needed momentum as both teams were unable to put up any more points for the remainder of the half.
At the break the Beavers held a 39-36 lead.
DeVaughn put the Terriers on top at the 18:04 mark after getting sent to the free throw ; giving the Terriers a 40-39 lead. A Greene Jr. layup and a Martin Cleveland free throw gave the Terriers a four point lead before a Leary three pointer cut the Terriers lead to one with 16:22 on the clock.
The Beavers tied the game 44-44 with two Yusuf Iman free throws at the 15:23 mark. DeVaughn gave the lead back to the Terriers with a layup after a Cleveland steal. With 10:25 remaining on the clock senior Antonio Jucogave the Terriers a spark when sent home a hard slam dunk after picking off an Iman pass giving the Terriers a 58-49 lead. But the momentum was almost taken away as Juco picked a technical after the dunk for over celebrating. The Terriers got a break as Leary came away 0-2 from the line.
The Beavers continued to try and chip away at the Terriers lead but couldn't get past the host team as turnovers began to plague the visitors who committed 15 second half turnovers which lead to 20 Thomas points.
Next up for the Terriers is a 5:30 p.m. NAC match-up in Castine, Maine with the Mariners of Maine Maritime on Thursday evening. The Beavers will travel to Bowdoin for a 7:00 p.m. match-up with the Polar Bears on Tuesday night.