Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Sports Information
NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Thomas College men's basketball team defeated Colby-Sawyer College, 71-61, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action on Friday evening.
Thomas evens its record to 8-8 overall and improves to 6-3 in the NAC. The Terriers will remain in New Hampshire to play at New England College tomorrow at 1 p.m. Colby-Sawyer drops to 7-9 overall and 4-5 in the conference.
The conference's second leading scorer Tyheem Simon (Far Rockaway, N.Y. / Lawrence) of Thomas poured in 23 points and added nine rebounds. Junior Carlos Gonzalez (Kennebunk, Maine / Lewiston) registered a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds, to go along with four blocks. Freshman Zach Mackinnon (Kennebunk, Maine / Kennebunk) added 15 points, while sophomore Willie Grant (Philadelphia, Pa. / Paul Robeson) was the fourth Terrier in double figures with 13 points.
Colby-Sawyer was led by junior Taylor Grande's 17 points. Freshman Dana Bean just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Milani Hicks contributed 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
The first half was evenly played throughout with Thomas coming away with a 34-32 edge at the break. Colby-Sawyer had its largest lead of the first after a Jourdain Bell three-pointer to give the home team a 15-11 lead 7:32 into the frame. Four minutes later, Thomas took the lead on a dunk by Gonzalez and held the advantage for the remaining 9:49. Colby-Sawyer's Patrick Coffey scored the final bucket of the half, but the Chargers trailed 34-32.
The Chargers took the lead on their first possession of the second half when Dana Bean completed a three-point play. Grant responded for Thomas on the next trip down the floor to give the Terriers a 36-35 lead.
Thomas slowly increased the advantage, which eventually ballooned to 17 after a Gonzalez layup with 7:47 (64-47) to play. Colby-Sawyer chipped away at the deficit and came within eight (67-59) after a Coffey layup. Sensing a momentum shift, the Terriers called a timeout. Thomas answered the run with four straight points out of the stoppage and went on for the 71-61 victory.
Thomas shot 47.2% and held Colby-Sawyer to 29.2%. Thomas also had a 46-36 advantage in rebounds.