Courtesy of New England College Sports Information
HENNIKER, N.H. – The Thomas College men's basketball team was handed an 88-74 loss on the road at New England College on Friday night in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action.
The Terriers drop their third straight contest, falling to 5-6 (3-2 NAC) while the Pilgrims improve to 7-4 (3-1 NAC).
Izaiah Winston-Brooks scored 11 of his game-high 25 points from the charity stripe to account for nearly half of NEC's free-throw points. Ricky Leonard was close behind with 23 points. He hit a game-high four three-pointers and also shot 7-for-8 from the free-throw line.
The Terriers received 16 points from John Morgan (Sanford, Maine) off of 7-for-11 shooting. Demetris Webster (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) added 11 points, five rebounds, and six assists followed by Zach Mackinnon (Kennebunk, Maine) with 10 points.
Both teams were aggressive in the first half as the score changed hands six times. NEC took control at the 14:14 mark of the first half on a three-pointer by Winston-Brooks and led by six a few minutes later, but Thomas found back to take a four-point lead with under eight minutes to play.
With two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the first half, the Pilgrims went on a 6-0 run to break open a 27-27 tie. It would mark the final lead change of the game, as NEC led by six at half, 36-30, and did not trail in the second half.
The Pilgrims built a double-digit lead early in the second half, leading by as many as 14 points midway through the half. The Terriers would come within six points with under five minutes to play, but it would prove to be the closest they would get. Thomas sent the Pilgrims to the line eight times in the final 1:22 of the game to allow NEC to build a 14-point final score point by point.
NEC shot 36.5 percent from the floor, while the Terriers hit 49.1 percent of their 57 shot attempts.
The Pilgrims scored 30 points off of Thomas's 26 turnovers while committing just seven of their own turnovers.
The Terriers will face Colby-Sawyer on Saturday, January 6 for a 3:00 p.m. tip-off.