|Green Mountain College||Maine Maritime Academy|
Thayer Scores Career-High on Way to 1000th Point in Mariners’ Win
CASTINE, Maine – Junior Tyler Thayer (Hermon, Maine) tallied a career-high 31 points, on 10-of-10 shooting from the floor, to lead Maine Maritime Academy men’s basketball to a 93-78 victory over Green Mountain College on Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Smith Gymnasium.
To go with his 31 points, Thayer added six assists, five rebounds, and a steal. Thayer surpassed 1,000 career points in the first half on a three-point basket at 13:08 and currently has 1,027 points over 69 games. Thayer becomes the 11th player in Maine Maritime Academy men’s basketball history to reach this mark, the fourth fastest player to achieve this milestone and the third player to do so in his junior season. Also in the game, Thayer tied the single-game record for field goal percentage (100%).
The win is the first Mariners’ victory over the Eagles since January 7, 2012.
The Eagles took a two-point lead following a layup from Javier Lugris to open up the game, but the Mariners used back-to-back baskets from Nick Judge (Cushing, Maine) and Thayer to take a four-point lead at 17:22.
Pierce Weatherspoon tied the game at 16:47 but the Mariners began to pull away, leading by as a much as 21 in the first half following two free throws by Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) at 4:24. The Eagles closed the deficit to 15 with 36 seconds to go, but the Mariners scored five-unanswered points to take a 47-27 lead into halftime.
Brendan Newcomb (Holden, Maine) splashed a three to open up the second half, but the Eagles scored 10-unanswered points to cut the Mariners’ lead to 50-37 at 17:15 and closed the gap to eight points at 12:42. The Mariners continued to battle and outscored Green Mountain 15-5 over the next five minutes to build an 18-point lead (73-55) with 7:54 to go. Maine Maritime took their biggest lead of the game at (84-60) 4:48 and never looked back, cruising to the 93-78 victory.
Newcomb added 19 points, six assists, and two rebounds and Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) chipped in with 18 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Patrick Rittmon led Green Mountain with 25 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal, Thomas Brown added 21 points and an assist off the bench and Lugris finished the afternoon with 10 points, six rebounds, and a block.
The Mariners outshot the Eagles, 50.9 percent to 40.4 percent and won the battle of the boards, outrebounding Green Mountain 37 to 35.
Maine Maritime improves to 5-18 on the season and 2-14 in the conference, while Green Mountain falls to 10-12 overall and 7-9 in the NAC. The Mariners will return to action on Wednesday, February 15 when they travel to UMaine-Farmington for a 5:30 pm NAC matchup.