HENNIKER, N.H. --- Thomas College senior guard Levi Barnes (Skowhegan, Maine / Skowhegan Area) scored a team-high 28 points to lead three Terriers with 20+ points in a 90-79 win over host New England College in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men's basketball play Friday night.
Barnes finished 11-of-20 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, and pulled down four rebounds.
In addition to Barnes, junior Tyheem Simon (Far Rockaway, N.Y. / Lawrence) finished with 21 points on 7-for-15 shooting off the bench, while freshman Dayne Savage (Caribou, Maine / Caribou) chipped in 20 points for Thomas (12-10, 8-7 NAC).
NEC (6-16, 3-12 NAC) was led by a game-high 34 points on 12-of-29 shooting from Dezron Wilson. Wilson, who also had 10 rebounds, was 6-of-12 from 3-point range. Frantzy Georges finished with seven points to go along with 10 rebounds, while Jikhalil Smith and Tyrone Jackson each chipped in nine points.
After trading the lead back and forth for much of the first half, Wilson drained back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Pilgrims a 30-28 lead with 4:30 to play. That lead would be short-lived, however, as the Terriers closed the half on a 17-5 run to lead 45-35 at the break. Simon scored nine points and Savage added six during the stretch.
The Thomas lead would move in and out of single digits throughout the second half but could not be completely erased despite 24 points from Wilson in the game's final 20 minutes. Barnes helped balance the scales with 19 points of his own in the frame.
The Terriers shot 45.2 percent (14-of-31) compared to the Pilgrims' 37.2 (16-of-43) in the second half.
Barnes took one final step up Thomas all-time scoring list into second place, passing Andrew Duncanson (1,732 points; 2007-11). His 1,749 points through Friday trail only the 2,218 posted by Joe DeRoche from 1984 to 1988.
Thomas makes the short trip to New London, New Hampshire on Saturday to face Colby-Sawyer College in a 3 p.m. tip-off. The Chargers (15-6, 11-4 NAC) blew out UMaine-Farmington, 74-41, on Friday night.