WATERVILLE, ME – The Thomas College men's basketball earned their third-straight North Atlantic Conference (NAC) victory in a 90-77 senior day win over Colby-Sawyer on Saturday afternoon.
The Terriers improve to 12-11 (10-6 NAC) on the season while the Chargers fall to 11-13 (8-9 NAC), holding the final position in the NAC Tournament picture.
The Chargers could not get the shots to fall in the first 6:49, as they were held scoreless. Thomas capitalized with 13 points to take an early 13-0 lead. Midway through the half, Colby-Sawyer responded with four points each from Patrick Coffey and Dana Bean to bring their team back within nine.
The Chargers looked to leading scorer Jourdain Bell as he finished the first half with nine points while Bean added eight of his own along with three rebounds. The Terriers held a hot hand throughout the first on 17-of-25 shooting (68%). Senior Tyheem Simon (Far Rockaway, N.Y. / Lawrence) paced the Terriers with 13 points and five rebounds while freshman Zach Mackinnon (Kennebunk, Maine / Kennebunk) chipped in with 12 points for a 45-31 advantage at the break.
Five minutes into the second half, the Chargers offense began to show life as Milani Hicks knocked down a three and Bean slammed in a huge dunk to bring the score within ten. The Terriers responded as Mackinnon buried a three-pointer along with a three-point play from senior Jordan Derosby (Waterville, Maine).
Timely shooting continued for the Terriers in the second half, finishing the scoring at 90-77. Thomas finished 31-for-51 (60.8%) on the field while Colby-Sawyer shot 26-for-65 (40%) and a tough 7-for-26 (26.9%) from behind the arch. Nate Cook had a solid half for the Chargers as he scored all of his 13 points in the second.
Simon and Mackinnon each finished 23 points in the win, shooting 10-for-15 and 9-for-15 from the floor. Derosby added 17 points, seven boards, and three assists while Carlos Gonzalez (Kennebunk, Maine / Lewiston) completed the double-double at 11 points and 11 rebounds. Ian King (Westbrook, Maine / Hebron Academy) netted six points and dished out 13 assists.
The Chargers saw five players in double figures with Bean leading the way at 18 points and six rebounds. Bell contributed with 15 points, three rebounds, and two assists.
The Terriers will return to action on Wednesday, February 15 as they host Husson in a 5:30 p.m. conference matchup.