CASTINE, Maine — Maine Maritime Academy sank 4-of-6 free throws in the final 1:04 of the game to beat Green Mountain 73-67 in a North Atlantic Conference men’s basketball game Friday. The Mariners improved to 2-4 overall, 2-0 NAC while the Eagles fell to 1-7, 0-3.
Ben Russell led all scores with 23 points for MMA. Paul Campbell netted 13 and Andy Ball added 12 for the Mariners. Elijah Wiggins led the Eagles with 16 points, Haneed Scott scored 14 and Carnelius Green added 11.
Even at halftime, 37-37, MMA opened the second half with a 13-2 scoring run to lead 54-41 with 14:32 left in the game. Russell started the run with a layup and Logan Poirier ended it with a jumper. The Eagles answered with a 15-5 run, spanning nearly six minutes to close the gap to three, 59-56 with a 8:46 left in the game. Scott sparked the GM run with a jumper and capped it with a free throw.
The Mariners extended their lead, 67-58, with three straight free throws by Ball with 4:46 left. A layup from Carnelius Green at 1:10 got the Eagles within two, 69-67, before MMA iced the game by converting 4 of 6 free throws in the final 1:04.
UMF 81, New England College 53
FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington Beavers jumped out to an early start Friday night against the New England College Pilgrims, and led wire-to-wire en route to an 81-53 victory.
Ben Johnson led the way with a double-double, tallying 26 points and 13 rebounds, while also recording four assists. He did most of his scoring right at the basket, and dominated the paint whenever he was in the game. Of his 13 rebounds, eight were on the offensive end.
Yusuf Iman and Connor Hasson were also in double figures for UMaine-Farmington (6-1, 2-1 North Atlantic Conf.), scoring 11 and 10 points respectively.
The Beavers got help from their bench, as Sam Leal knocked down two three’s and Nick Hilton had six rebounds. UMF’s bench outscored NEC’s 30-21, and gave the starters some rest as everyone got into the game in the second half.
Bowdoin 64, Colby 58
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Keegan Pieri scored 22 points to lead the Bowdoin College men’s basketball team to a 64-58 win over Colby on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears post their fourth consecutive win, and their second in as many nights, to improve to 5-2 this season. The Mules dropped their third-straight and dip to 2-5 on the year. Friday’s contest was the annual non-conference game between the schools, with the NESCAC game scheduled for Jan. 26 in Waterville.
Pieri led all players with 22 points to go with six rebounds and three blocks in the win. Bryan Hurley pitched in 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Bowdoin, who also had Andrew Madlinger (10) and Maximilian Staiger (10) in double-digits.
Colby was led by 17 points off the bench from Sam Willson. Battling foul trouble all night, Chris Hudnut finished with nine points and eight rebounds in the loss for Colby.
After the squads exchanged the lead several times to open the second half, Colby opened up a three-point with 13 minutes remaining. The Mules used a 9-3 surge, keyed by six points from Willson, to open up a 47-38 lead with 9:10 to go. Bowdoin quickly replied with a 9-2 run, drawing within two points, 49-47, on a pair of Staiger free throws with 7:21 remaining.
The Colby lead bounced between two and six points for the next three minutes before a pair of Madlinger free throws drew the game even at 54-54 with 4:22 on the clock. Willson nailed a baseline jumper to put the Mules back up, 56-54, but Madlinger splashed a three-pointer on the next possession and Bowdoin cashed in on a foul away from the play to take a 58-56 edge with 3:50 left.
Colby Sawyer 73, Thomas 68
WATERVILLE — Thomas (4-2, 1-2 NAC) were defeated by Colby Sawyer (2-5, 2-1 NAC) 73-68, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men’s basketball action at the Larry Mahaney Gymnasium on Friday night. The loss for the Terriers was the first at home this season.
Colby-Sawyer started the game on a 7-0 and never relinquished the lead in the first half. Thomas kept battling back by keeping the seven point deficit as the largest, which included back and forth baskets by both teams.
Freshman Levi Barnes led the Terriers in the first half with a team-high eight points, while Marquis Pollard had a team leading six rebounds. For the Chargers, Mike Dias had a game-high in both points and rebounds with 10 points and eight boards.
The game was even four times in the up and down second half that also included four lead changes as well. The Chargers took control with an 11-0 run late in the second half, but the Terriers were able to come within five points before the game ended.
For Thomas, Barnes led the way with a team-high 22 points and Pollard grabbed a team high 11 rebounds.
Husson 69, Castleton 47
BANGOR –- The Husson women’s basketball fell to the Spartans of Castleton Friday night 69-47. Castleton opened on a 9-0 run and would never look back.
Tarryn Bolognani led the balanced Spartan charge with ten points, Liz Douglass and Meghan O’Sullivan added nine, Heather Murdough eight, and three others had six.
Comstock put away a bucket and one at the 13:36 mark of the second half to bring the score to 40-37, but that’s as close as the Eagles would get the rest of the way.
New England College 63, UMF 54
FARMINGTON – New England College survived repeated second-half comeback bids by UMaine-Farmington and escaped Dearborn Gym with a 63-54 win over the Beavers on Friday night, in a North Atlantic Conference women’s basketball matchup.
New England College guard Kayla Lawlor paced the Pilgrims (7-2, 3-0 North Atlantic Conf.) with 18 points.
UMaine-Farmington (1-7, 1-2 North Atlantic Conf.) was led by senior forward Kenni Norton with 11 points, while freshman Meghan Smith came off the bench to tally 10 points for the Beavers. Junior Holly Oliver hauled down six rebounds for UMF and dished out five assists, while finishing with six points.
Colby Sawyer 66, Thomas 50
WATERVILLE — Colby-Sawyer (4-4, 3-0 NAC) defeated Thomas (2-4, 1-2 NAC) 65-50 in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women’s basketball contest at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium Friday night.
Thomas got off to a slow start in the first half as the Chargers took the lead two minutes into the game and never turned back. Colby-Sawyer expanded their lead over the Terriers by a high eighteen in the opening stanza, but Thomas was able to battle back to decrease the deficit to seven. The Chargers held the lead at half 37-25.
At halftime, freshman Megan Pelletier had a team-high seven points for the home squad as well as the team lead in rebounds with four. Fellow freshman Emilee Reynolds added six points and three caroms for the Terriers. For the Chargers at halftime, sophomore Kelsey Cahill had a game-high 12 points while Junior Ashley Fruzzetti added in nine and a team leading five boards.
The Chargers started the second half on an 18-6 run that included 16 points from senior Taylor DeSanty, who finished with a game-high 27 points.
The Terriers were led by Pelletier’s 16 points; with junior Elizabeth Goodall adding 10. Reynolds and senior Jasmine Bishop tied for the team-lead in rebounds with seven.