WATERVILLE, ME —The Thomas College men's basketball team improved to 3-2 (1-0 NAC) after an 89-74 victory in their North Atlantic Conference (NAC) opener against Maine Maritime Academy in Larry Mahaney Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
The Terriers jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game with sophomore forward Willie Grant (Philadelphia, PA / Paul Robeson) contributing to the seven of the ten points.
After free throws from Carlos Gonzalez (Kennebunk, Maine / Lewiston), the Terriers brought the score to a 15-point lead with 14:02 left in the first half.
The Mariners brought the game to a nine-point deficit with 9:22 remaining but the Terriers responded and increased the score to a 16-point lead with just under three minutes remaining in the half.
Two free throws from Dylan Stevens and a three-pointer by Tyler Thayer chipped away at the Terrier lead for the Mariners, still trailing 43-24 going into the locker room.
The Mariners opened the second half with a 7-2 run in the first two minutes to bring the score to 45-31.
Jordan Derosby (Waterville, Maine / Waterville) added a layup in the 13:47 mark of the second half and after being fouled on the play and he made the ensuing free throw. Tyheem Simon (Far Rockaway, N.Y. / Lawrence) quickly stole the ball from the Mariners and completed a layup to bring the Terriers ahead 58-36 with 12:58 remaining in the contest.
Brendan Newcomb and Nicholas DePatsy each knocked down a three-pointer to bring the score under 20 but Simon and Jarrod Leonardi (South Thomaston, Maine / Oceanside) came back to add five points, increasing the Terrier lead.
DePatsy hit two big three-pointers in under a minute and a half, and the Mariners came within nine with 3:41 left in the game.
Simon and Tailour Hall (Jacksonville, Fl. / Edward White) each added two free throws while Ian King (Westbrook, Maine / Hebron Academy) added a three to give the Terriers an 80-64 lead. The Mariners ended the game on a 10-9 run to finish the scoring at 89-74. The Terriers outrebounded Mariners 40-30.
The Terriers offense was led by Simon with 21 points, four assists, and three rebounds while Grant added 15 points. Dersoby chipped in with 14 points and six rebounds as Gonzalez netted 14 points and hauled down nine rebounds. King finished with seven points and eight assists.
Maine Maritime was led by Judge with 17 points while Thayer scored 15 points and five rebounds. DePatsy added four, three-pointers in the Mariners loss.
The Terriers will continue North Atlantic Conference play as they take on Green Mountain at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2 at the Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.