Courtesy of Maine Maritime Academy Sports Information
CASTINE, Maine – The Thomas College men's basketball earned their sixth straight North Atlantic Conference (NAC) victory in 78-71 win over Maine Maritime Academy on Wednesday night.
With the loss the Mariners fall to 5-19 on the season and 4-13 in the conference, while the Terriers improve to 14-10 overall and 11-6 in the NAC.
Thomas jumped out to a 5-0 lead early in the game, but Nick Judge splashed a three and Nicholas DePatsy added a jumper to tie the game at 5-5 at 17:14. The Mariners built a seven point lead (15-8) after back-to-back threes from Brendan Newcomb, but the Terriers fought back to close the gap to one, 19-18, at 9:41 and tied the game up following a free throw from LG Fleurine (Fort Pierce, Fla).
The Mariners went on a 16-2 run, highlighted by six points from DePatsy, to build a 35-21 lead with 5:25 to go in the half. Thomas scored six-unanswered points to close the gap to 35-27 but the Mariners took a 45-34 advantage into halftime.
The Terriers went on a six-point run to open up the second half and closed the Mariners' lead to 45-40. Maine Maritime answered back with a three from DePatsy to retake an eight-point lead, but the Terriers continued to chip away and scored another six-straight to close the deficit to 48-46 with 15:59 to go. Thomas stayed within striking distance, and used back-to-back three-pointers to take a 58-56 lead at 10:21.
A three from Riley Jorgenson closed the Terrier lead to 68-65 with 2:56 to play. Jorgenson pulled down a rebound on the other end, setting up a three from Newcomb to tie the game, but the Mariners came up short in the final seconds as Justin Butler (Orlando, Fla.) iced the game at the free throw line with a 4-for-4 in the closing seconds to pick up the victory.
John Morgan (Sanford, Maine) led Thomas with 18 points, nine rebounds and a steal, while Matt Allen (Barre, Vermont) contributed 12 points, four assists and three rebounds and both Carlos Gonzalez (Kennebunk, Maine) and Butler tallied 10 points.
Jorgenson led the Mariners with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Newcomb ended the evening with 15 points, one rebound and an assist. Tyler Thayer chipped in with nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while Judge contributed nine points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.
The Terriers shot 46.0 percent from the floor, while the Mariners shot 40.3 percent and Thomas held a 44-34 edge in rebounds.
Thomas will wrap up their regular season on Saturday as they take on Husson at 3:00 p.m. at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.