WATERVILLE, ME --- Thomas College and Bates College completed 2-0 weekends with victories Sunday at the Charlie Ryan Classic at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium on the Thomas campus.
Thomas 79, Norwich 59
Thomas (2-2) hit nearly one-third (10-of-31) of its attempts from behind the arc and posted a commanding 45-32 advantage on the boards en route to a 20-point win over Norwich (1-3).
Tied at 22-22 with 7:02 to play, the Terriers went on a 13-2 run fueled by three Adam Carlsen three-pointers to take a 35-24 lead.
A layup by Steven Scott-Lopez and a trey by Ryan Booth on consecutive trips down the court allowed Norwich to cut the advantage to six points with 3:00 to play but the Cadets could get no closer. The teams traded points down the stretch as Thomas took a 39-33 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Norwich battled back to start the second half to take a 43-42 lead with 15:58 to play as Ryan Booth's three-pointer capped a run that saw the Cadets scoring 10 of the half's first 13 points. Tyheem Simon was fouled on a made layup on the next trip down the floor. He converted the three-point play to put Thomas up 45-43, a lead the Terriers would not relinquish.
Thomas outscored Norwich, 35-16, down the stretch with its lead at the end of the game being its largest.
Carlsen, who had 18 first-half points on 6-of-10 shooting, finished with a game-high 21 overall. He hit his only attempt in the second half -- a three-pointer -- with 17:06 to play.
Levi Barnes finished with 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting after posting six in a relatively cold-shooting first half while Tyheem Simon added 16. Carlos Gonzalez finished with eight points and a game-high 17 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass, while Ian King pulled down seven of his own.
Ryan Booth and Ryan Fitzgerald both scored 12 to lead Norwich, which shot only 29 percent (9-of-31) from the field in the second half. Four players, including Fitzgerald, had five rebounds.
Bates 86, UM-Fort Kent 65
Up by just six at the break, Bates used a 21-0 run in the second half to top UMaine-Fort Kent, 86-65, in the finale of the Charlie Ryan Classic.
The Bobcats (2-0) used seven early points from Mike Boornazian to jump out to a 15-3 lead. UMFK (4-4) slowly chipped into the lead, getting back to 22-18 on a Mauro Vicic 3-pointer with 8:33 to play in the period. Bates followed with an 11-3 run to build the lead back to 12 at 33-21. Brothers Marcus and Malcolm Delpeche combined for nine points for the Bobcats over that span.
A late UMFK rally sparked by Joe McCloskey and Qaadir Ali made it a one possession game in the final seconds of the half, but Bates' Jerome Darling hit a 3-pointer to send the teams into the locker room with the Bobcats holding a 39-33 lead.
The teams traded baskets over the first five minutes of the second half as both squads looked to find a spark.
A Fletcher Brown 3-pointer drew the Bengals within five at 45-40 with 15:41, but the Bobcats responded with a 21-0 run over the next 8:44 to take a 66-40 lead. Marcus Delpeche scored seven points during the stretch which was finally curbed by a layup from UMFK's Rosevelt Smith with 6:57 to play.
UMFK would get no closer than 19 points down the stretch as Bates used a combination of 3-pointers and free throws to maintain their advantage.
Bates shot 50 percent (16-of-32) from the field in the second half compared to just 33.3 percent (11-of-33) for UMFK.
Marcus Delpeche finished with a game-high 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and nine rebounds. Boornazian added 15 while Josh Britten scored 10 of his 13 in the second half.
Jake Rioux led UMFK with 11 points while Smith added nine points and nine rebounds.
Four players - one from each competing school - were named to the All-Classic Team.
Carlos Gonzalez, Thomas
Malcolm Delpeche, Bates
Qaadir Ali, UMFK
Jimmy Warden, Norwich
Carlos Gonzalez earned Thomas' selection after averaging nine points and 13 rebounds. 10 of Gonzalez's 26 rebounds came on the offensive glass. Bates' Malcolm Delpeche averaged 13 points and eight rebounds and was 10-of-16 from the field. Qaadir Ali averaged 10.0 points, 3.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds for UMFK and Jimmy Warden had 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists off the bench for Norwich.