Thomas Basketball Teams Entertain Maine Maritime in Regular Season Finales

Thomas Basketball Teams Entertain Maine Maritime in Regular Season Finales

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Thomas College basketball teams close out their regular seasons Saturday when they host Maine Maritime Academy in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.

The women's game tips off at 1 p.m. followed by the men at approximately 3 p.m. Both games will be streamed live by Northeast Sports Network at www.nsnsports.net.

It will also be the final regular-season home game for seven Terriers: women's players Ashleigh Gagne, Katie McAllister and Brenna Hutchinson and men's players Mike Akanji, Justin Murray, Adam Carlsen and Levi Barnes.


Women
Maine Maritime (16-8, 12-5 NAC) at Thomas (3-21, 2-15 NAC), 1 p.m.

Series History: Maine Maritime holds a 28-13 advantage in the series dating back to the 1996-1997 season, winning the last six meetings and 24 of the last 25. Thomas' last win in the series came on January 17, 2013 in Waterville.

Last Meeting: Thomas jumped out to a 14-10 lead after one quarter but couldn't hold on in a 70-51 loss on December 1 in Castine. The Mariners held a 39-26 rebounding advantage in the contest, including a 17-6 edge on the offensive boards. Thomas' Katie McAllister finished with a game-high 23 points on 7-of-18 shooting. She also pulled down a team-best seven rebounds. Kelly Macomber added eight points and three blocks. Kristi Willey led Maine Maritime with 17 points, including three 3-pointers, and a game-high six steals. Alayne Felix and Megan McLean added 13 points each for the Mariners with Felix pulling down a game-high nine rebounds.

Last Time Out: Thomas fell to conference leader Husson, 66-38, at Bangor on Wednesday. The Terriers won the rebounding battle, 46-37, but were hampered by 29 turnovers to the Eagles' 11. Husson also shot 40.0 percent from the field while Thomas was limited to 15 field goals on 26.8 percent shooting. Katie McAllister, Taylor Johnson and Kelly Macomber each scored eight points to lead the Terriers, while McAllister added seven rebounds. Tess McClenahan was held scoreless, but pulled down a game-high eight rebounds and had three assists and two steals.

Maine Maritime dominated UMaine-Farmington, 78-42, in a Senior Day matchup at Castine on Wednesday. Senior Bekah Campbell scored a game-high and season-high 16 points to lead the Mariners. MMA shot 53.7 percent from the floor and an impressive 53.3 percent from beyond the arc, while holding UMF to 29.1 percent shooting overall. The Mariners also won the rebounding battle, 37-28.

About the Terriers: Thomas averages 43.6 points, 36.1 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game, while shooting 30.1 percent from the field. Senior Katie McAllister is the team's top scorer at 12.5 points per game. 

About the Mariners: Maine Maritime averages 63.0 points, 36.5 rebounds and 15.6 assists per game, while shooting 40.6 percent from the field. The Mariners are allowing opponents to score an average of 52.7 points per game.

Alayne Felix leads the team with 17.8 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game, while Megan McLean leads the team with an average of 3.0 assists and Alex Winchester leads the team with 1.2 steals per game.


Men

Maine Maritime (5-19, 4-13 NAC) at Thomas (12-12, 8-9 NAC), 3 p.m.

Series History: Thomas holds a 33-21 lead in the all-time series dating back to the 1982-1983 season. The Terriers had a 10-game winning streak in the series snapped with a 74-64 loss in Castine on December 1.

Last Meeting: Brendan Newcomb scored a game-high 31 points led by a 17-of-19 effort from the free throw line to lead the Mariners to the 74-64 win in the NAC opener for both schools. The Terriers, who were without Levi Barnes in the contest, were limited to just 25 first-half points. Adam Carlsen and Tyheem Simon had 12 points apiece to lead Thomas, while Carlos Gonzalez chipped in with a 11-point, 12-rebound double-double.

Last Time Out: The Terriers have dropped four of their last five games, including a 87-78 loss at Husson on Wednesday. Thomas cut a 23-point halftime deficit to just four with 2:29 to play but could get no closer. Levi Barnes scored a team-high 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Tyheem Simon tallied 19 points and Adam Carlsen added 11, both off the bench, while Dayne Savage had nine points and Carlos Gonzalez posted eight points and seven rebounds.

Maine Maritime snapped a three-game losing streak with a 98-63 win over UMaine-Farmington on Wednesday. Five Mariners finished in double-digits led by 23 from Brendan Newcomb. Nick Judge added 16 points and 13 rebounds off the bench. MMA shot 54.5 percent (36-of-66) from the field and 72.7 percent (16-of-22) at the charity stripe. The Mariners also drained 10 3-pointers.

About the Terriers: Thomas averages 78.1 points per game this season (80.2 at home) while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor and 37.1 percent from behind the arc. The Terriers are also averaging 37.5 rebounds and 13.3 assists per game. Levi Barnes leads the team in scoring at 20.0 points per game, a figure that ranks fifth in the NAC. He is also shooting over 50 percent from the field and at a 44.7-percent clip from downtown -- a mark that trails only Husson's Eli Itkin (45.9%). Tyheem Simon is second on the team at 16.1 points per game. He also ranks second in the NAC in field goal percentage at 60.9 percent. Carlos Gonzalez checks in at 11.0 points and a NAC-leading 9.7 rebounds per game.

About the Mariners: Maine Maritime is averaging 66.7 points and 31.4 rebounds per game while shooting 41.6 percent from the floor and 34.0 percent from 3-point range. The Mariners are led offensively by sophomore guards Tyler Thayer (15.7 ppg) and Brendan Newcomb (15.5 ppg). Junior center Tyler Gilson (5.9 rpg) is the team's top rebounder, followed by Thayer (4.7) and junior forward Dylan Stevens (4.2). Thayer also leads the team in assists (3.1) and steals (1.2).