WILLAMSTOWN, Mass. – Maine Maritime Academy men’s basketball outscored Framingham State 41-24 in the second half to claim a 57-53 victory in the second game of the Williams Invitational on Friday night.
The Mariners entered halftime facing a 29-16 deficit, but battled back, shooting 57.7 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes of play, led by 11 points from Nick Judge (Cushing, Maine).
A layup by Dylan Stevens (Wells, Maine) sparked a 12-point run by the Mariners, capped off by a three-pointer from Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine), to make it 49-48 with 4:26 to play.
Framingham State’s Patrick Gould made two free throws to give the Rams a 50-49 lead with 3:59 to play, but DePatsy tied things up with a free throw. Gould sank a three-pointer to give the Rams a 53-50 lead with 3:37 remaining. Sam Meklin (Rockland, Maine) closed the gap to one with a layup at 2:01, and pulled down a defensive rebound on the other end, setting up a Ram foul and a made free throw by Stevens to tie things at 53-53 with 1:22 to go.
Judge came up with the defensive rebound and drained a three-pointer to give the Mariners a 56-53 lead with 35 seconds to go. Framingham State came up empty on their next offensive possession, and Stevens pulled down another defensive board and added a free throw to seal the 57-53 victory for the Mariners.
Stevens led the Mariners with 13 points, six rebounds, and three assists, while DePatsy totaled 12 points, one rebound and a steal, and Judge tallied a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds, while also dishing out three assists.
Tyri Hampton led the Rams with nine points off the bench, and Gould ended the night with eight points, three rebounds, two assists and a block.
The Mariners improve to 1-1 on the season and will battle host Williams Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in the championship game of the tournament. The Rams fall to 1-1 and will face Manhattanville College at 2 p.m. Saturday in the consolation game.