WATERVILLE, Maine – Demetris Webster (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) scored 23 points to lead the Thomas College men's basketball team to an 83-74 over UMaine-Machias in their season opener on Friday evening at Larry Mahaney Gym.
Webster was the hot hand early on, scoring 10 of the Terriers first 12 points to give them a 12-2 lead two and a half minutes into the game. The Clippers chipped away over the next few minutes, pulling the score to 19-16. Thomas separated themselves again, maintaining a cushion through the middle part of the half. UMM persisted late through the half and eventually took the lead, holding a 42-38 advantage at the break.
The Terriers pulled the game back even five minutes into the second with a Jacob Godfrey (Machias, Maine) layup making it 46-46. The Clippers went on a quick 9-1 run over the next two minutes to regain the lead, 55-47. Thomas made good use of a timeout, going on an 11-0 run over a three-minute period to go up 58-55. Thomas kept the lead through the remainder of the game, with a pair of threes by Jordan Goodson (Orlando, Fla.) and Zach MacKinnon (Kennebunk, Maine) helping seal the win for Thomas.
Webster added two rebounds, two assists and two steals to his team-leading 23 points. Lovegeurson Fleurine (Fort Pierce, Fla.) notched a double-double with 19 points and 15 boards. Goodson also had a double-double with a 15-point, 10-rebound performance.
Thomas will play in the second game of the Charlie Ryan Classic on Saturday, November 15 against UMaine-Fort Kent at 2:00 PM.