FARMINGTON, Maine – Jordan Goodson (Orlando, Fla.) hit a jump shot from the elbow with 1.4 seconds remaining to give No. 4 Thomas College an 86-85 victory on Friday night over No. 1 UMaine-Farmington and advance them to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Final.
The teams traded baskets early, with UMF holding a slight edge a majority of the first ten minutes. Thomas took control through the final ten, taking a 48-43 lead into the intermission.
The lead continued to trade hands throughout the second half, with neither team able to take control. After UMF took a 78-76 lead with 3:07 to go, Thomas answered with an Evan Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.) three-pointer that gave Thomas the 79-78 lead back with 2:26 to go. The Beavers answered with a three of their own to take back the lead at 81-79. After a UMF free throw made it 82-79, Zach Mackinnon (Kennebunk, Maine) tied it with a three-pointer with just over a minute to go to make it 82-82.
After each team missed shots on consecutive possessions and a UMF turnover, Thomas took over with 17 second remaining. Goodson received the ball on the inbound and patiently walked it up the court. With five second left, Goodson made his move, separating himself from the UMF defender and nailing the jumper from the elbow with 1.4 seconds remaining to give Thomas the 84-82 lead. Goodson hit both shots from the line after a UMF turnover and foul, then the Beavers hit a last second three that made the final score 86-85.
Arsenault led the Terriers with 20 points off the bench, hitting seven of ten shots from three-point range. Goodson added 18 along with eight rebounds, while Mackinnon notched 14 points with five three-pointers made.
Thomas will face No. 2 Husson in the North Atlantic Conference Final on Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 PM at UMaine-Farmington.