WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College men's basketball team fell in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Quarterfinals, 92-83, to the University of Maine at Farmington on Tuesday night at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.
In the loss, the fourth seeded Terriers' season comes to an end at 14-12 overall. The fifth seeded Beavers move on to face number one New England College on Friday in the semifinals.
The two teams traded the lead in the first ten minutes of the first half. UMF began to pull away later on with a big 16-4 run in a seven-minute span. The Beavers got to the free throw line often in the half as they converted 11-of-14. Milani Hicks paced UMF with 11 points to hold a 39-31 advantage at the break while Carlos Gonzalez (Kennebunk, Maine) netted eight points to keep the Terriers within striking distance.
Hicks continued his strong play into the second half as he recorded back-to-back threes along with a layup to give his team a 50-42 lead. Senior John Morgan (Sanford, Maine) kept Thomas within range as he opened the second with 14 of his teams' 23 points. The Terriers got within one point with 3:17 remaining as sophomore Zach Mackinnon (Kennebunk, Maine) knocked down a three. Down the stretch, the Beavers once again got to the line as Riley Robinson finished the game with six-straight free throws to earn the 92-83 victory.
The Beavers were led by Hicks who topped all scorers with 27 points along with seven rebounds. Amir Moss contributed with 16 points and six boards off the bench while Robinson netted 14 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Issac Witham and Bill Ruby also reached double figures with 13 points and ten points.
Mackinnon finished with a team-high 19 points for Thomas followed by Morgan with 18 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Gonzalez contributed with another double-double on ten points and 14 rebounds.