Farmington, Maine – The Thomas College men's basketball team picked up an 88-77 overtime victory over the Beavers of the University of Maine at Farmington to wrap up their regular season and complete the season sweep of rival UMF. Sophomore Franklin Salvador netted a game high 26 points including six three pointers in a winning effort.
With the win the Terriers improve to 14-10 (11-7 NAC), while the Beavers of UMF fall to 15-10 (14-4 NAC).
The Beavers held a 39-33 lead at the break, but the second half saw both teams battle for momentum as there were six ties and four lead changed in the frame. A 10-3 Thomas run featuring a pair of Jarrad DeVaughn three pointers gave the Terriers a 69-64 lead with 3:23 left to play.
The Beavers fought their way back, holing Thomas without a field goal for more the three minutes and with 20 seconds the remaining the Beavers grabbed a 72-70 lead on the shoulders of three Pet Sumner free throws. With nine seconds left on the clock Salvador found Martin Cleveland for a layup that tie the game up at 72 apiece to force the extra session.
In overtime Salvador lifted the Terriers to their first lead and after three Stanley Greene Jr. free throws Thomas held a 79-74 advantage with 45 seconds to go. A three from UMF's Nate Carson brought the Beavers within two of Thomas, but after free throws by Green Jr. and Salvador the Terriers held an 83-77 lead with nine seconds left. Carson attempted a trey with three seconds left but came short as Salvador grabbed the rebound and sealed up the win.
Along with Salvador three other Terriers hit double digit point totals. DeVaughn finished with 21 points, Greene Jr. totaled 16 points, and Cleveland tallied 12 points and was just short of a double-double with nine rebounds.
The fifth seeded Terriers will travel up I-95 on Tuesday February 21st to take on fourth seeded Husson University in the NAC quarterfinals. Tipoff time is still to be announced.