Courtesy of Maine Maritime Sports Information
CASTINE, MAINE – The Thomas College men's basketball team capped off their regular season with a 71-67 victory over Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference matchup.
In the victory, the Terriers clinch the third seed in the NAC Tournament, finishing the season at 13-12 (11-7 NAC) overall while the Mariners end their season at 5-20 (2-16 NAC).
The Terriers took an early lead following back-to-back threes from Jordan Derosby (Waterville, Maine / Waterville) and Tyheem Simon (Far Rockaway, N.Y. / Lawrence). Thomas led by as much as nine points (15-6) at 11:38, but the Mariners used back-to-back threes from Brendan Newcomb and Nicholas DePatsy to close the gap to 15-13 at 9:09 and continued to chip away.
Tyler Thayer made a layup to tie the game at 21-21 with 3:57 to go in the half, and Dylan Stevens used a three-point play to give the Mariners their first lead of the game, 24-21, at 3:24. Another three from Simon tied the game up once again, but the Mariners took a narrow 26-25 lead into halftime.
Nick Judge hit a layup to open up the second half and extended Maine Maritime's lead to 28-25, but Zach Mackinnon (Kennebunk, Maine / Kennebunk) splashed a three to tie the game at 19:15. The Terriers built a six-point lead twice, before Newcomb hit a pair of threes to tie the game at 38-38 with 13:58 to play. Thomas regained the lead and took a seven-point advantage (48-41) at 11:01, but once again the Mariners fought back to close the gap to one (50-49) following six-straight points from Thayer at 8:52.
The Terriers built as much as a six-point lead entering the final three minutes of play but successful trips to the charity stripe by Tyler Gilson, Adam Richardson, and Thayer closed the gap to just two with 50 seconds to go. Tailour Hall (Jacksonville, Florida / Edward White) hit a jumper for the Terriers with 23 seconds to play, and Thomas went three-for-four from the line to close out the 71-67 victory.
Simon led Thomas with a game-high 21 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals, Mackinnon tallied 16 points, two rebounds, and an assist and Carlos Gonzalez (Kennebunk, Maine / Lewiston) added 15 points, six rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Ian King (Westbrook, Maine / Hebron Academy) tallied a game-high nine rebounds for the Terriers, while dishing out nine assists.
Newcomb and Thayer led the Mariners with 15 points each, Newcomb added four assists and a rebound, and Thayer added a team-high six assists, as well as two rebounds and two steals. Gilson and Stevens added eight points, four rebounds, and a block each, while Gilson added two assists and a steal and Stevens contributed an assist.
The Terriers will host six-seeded Colby-Sawyer on Tuesday, February 21 for the NAC Quarterfinals with a start time to be determined.
2017 NAC MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
All start dates/times are subject to change
Quarterfinals • Tuesday, February 21 (at higher seeds)
No. 5 UMaine-Farmington (11-14 overall, 10-8 NAC) at No. 4 Lyndon (11-13, 10-8) - TBD
No. 6 Colby-Sawyer (12-13, 9-9) at No. 3 Thomas (13-12, 11-7) - TBD
Semifinals • Friday, February 24 (at Husson)
3/6 winner vs. No. 2 Castleton (16-8, 11-7) - 1:00 p.m.
4/5 winner at No. 1 Husson (19-6, 16-2) - 3:00 p.m.
Championship • Saturday, February 25 (at Husson)
Semifinal Winners - 2:00 p.m.