|New England College||Maine Maritime Academy|
CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy men’s basketball defeated New England College 87-80, on Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Smith Gymnasium.
The Mariners jumped out to a 6-1 lead to start the game, following layups from Nick Judge (Cushing, Maine), Dylan Price (Madison, Maine), and Tyler Gilson (Thomaston, Maine). Judge scored five-straight to put the Mariners up 18-9 with 12 minutes to go but the Pilgrims responded with four points to close the gap to five with 11:26 to play.
Maine Maritime used an 11-point run, capped off by a three-pointer from Brendan Newcomb (Holden, Maine) and a Tyler Thayer (Hermon, Maine) layup to take a 20-point lead at 2:09. New England College outscored the Mariners 8-4 in the final 90 seconds of the half to cut the gap to 49-33 entering halftime.
Judge led the Mariners with 10 points in the first half, on 4-for-5 shooting from the floor, while Justin Farrick also had 10 points in the first 20 minutes for the Pilgrims.
New England College came out strong in the second half, outscoring the Mariners 23-5 in the opening ten minutes of play to take the lead for the first time, 54-52. The Mariners put together a seven-point run, beginning at 8:41 with a Dylan Stevens (Wells, Maine) layup and capped off by a three-point play from Thayer at 7:44, to take a 65-60 lead.
The Mariners were hot from three-point land, sinking threes on three of their next five scores, to take a 78-69 lead with 3:21 to play. Izaiah Winston-Brooks scored five-straight to cut the Mariners’ lead to 78-73. Newcomb hit a pair from the line and Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) capitalized on a three-point play to stretch Maine Maritime’s lead to 83-73 with 1:41 to go.
Once again, the Pilgrims scored five-straight to close the gap to five, but the Mariners were sharp from the line as Newcomb and Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) combined to hit four from the charity stripe, to secure the 87-80 victory.
DePatsy, Newcomb, and Thayer each tallied 18 points for the Mariners. DePatsy added five rebounds and one assist, Newcomb contributed three assists and two rebounds, and Thayer chipped in with a game-high eight assists, three rebounds, and a team-high three steals. Richardson led the Mariners with eight rebounds, while adding six points and two assists and Judge added 10 points, four assists, three rebounds, and two steals.
Jason Jones led the Pilgrims with a double-double of 22 points and 21 rebounds, Farrick ended the afternoon with 17 points, three rebounds, and a steal, and Winston-Brooks, Ricky Leonard, and Brenndan Rogers contributed 12 points each for New England College.
The Mariners shot an impressive 51.7 percent from the floor compared to the Pilgrims 44.9 percent, and shot 47.1 percent from beyond the arc, compared to 23.8 percent three-point shooting by NEC.
The Mariners improve to 4-15 overall and 1-11 in the NAC, while the Pilgrims fall to 11-8 on the season and 6-6 in the conference.