FARMINGTON, ME – The Thomas College men's basketball team defeated the University of Maine at Farmington, 64-56, in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) matchup on Saturday afternoon.
The Terriers improve to 7-8 (5-3 NAC) on the season, splitting the season series with the Beavers who fall to 4-10 (3-5 NAC).
Thomas looked to Carlos Gonzalez (Kennebunk, Maine / Lewiston) and Ian King (Westbrook, Maine / Hebron Academy) early as they led the Terriers to an early 14-2 lead. After a three from Zach Mackinnon (Kennebunk, Maine / Kennebunk), the Terriers held a commanding 24-3 advantage 11 minutes into the first half.
The Beavers looked to keep pace as Amir Moss netted 14 of his team's 19 points to finish the half at 35-19. Both teams struggled offensively as the Beavers shot 5-for-21 from the floor and 0-for-6 from behind the arch.
Thomas kept up the defensive intensity in the second half as they held UMF scoreless for the first four minutes, allowing them to jump out to a 6-0 run. Eric Berry, Jimmie Chaisson, and Riley Robinson responded with a three-pointer each to bring the score to 42-29 with 14:23 remaining.
After a pair of free throws from Robinson at the 4:59 mark, the Beavers found themselves within seven. Jordan Derosby (Waterville, Maine / Waterville) netted back-to-back buckets for Thomas to re-extend the lead.
With a few minutes remaining, the Terriers offense fell silent for just under three minutes while UMF came within five after a three-point play and free throws from Issac Witham. In the last minute, Gonzalez and Tyheem Simon (Far Rockaway, N.Y. / Lawrence) finished the scoring at 64-56 to earn the win.
Gonzalez led all scorers with a double-double at 23 points and 13 rebounds while King finished with 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists.
Moss added 22 points and six rebounds for the Beavers in the loss. Robinson contributed with 11 points and six boards.
The Terriers will be head to New Hampshire on Friday, January 20, as they face conference opponent Colby-Sawyer in a 5:30 p.m. game.