Tuesday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-3, NAC 0-0) vs. UMaine-Farmington (1-2, NAC 0-0), 7:30 p.m., Smith Gymnasium, Castine, Maine. Live Video
Thursday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy vs. Colby College (4-1), 7:00 p.m., Smith Gymnasium, Castine, Maine. Live Video
*The Eagles will open up NAC play on Tuesday night when they host Thomas College at 7:30 pm.
Series Histories: The Beavers hold a 49-12 all-time advantage over the Mariners in a rivalry that dates back to 1982. The Mariners are 8-20 all-time when hosting the Beavers and picked up their last victory over UMaine-Farmington inside of Smith Gymnasium in 2016
The Mules hold a 15-2 all-time advantage over the Mariners in a rivalry that dates back to 1997. When hosting, the Mariners are 1-8 overall.
The Eagles hold a 37-2 all-time advantage over the Mariners in a rivalry that dates back to 1982. The Mariners are 1-21 when playing at Husson.
February 16, 2017: UMaine-Farmington 83 – Maine Maritime Academy 71
The Beavers took an early 6-2 lead following back-to-back threes from Issac Witham, but the Mariners fought back tying the game at 6-6 at 17:46 after consecutive baskets from Tyler Thayer (Hermon, Maine).
UMaine-Farmington took their biggest lead of the game with 9:38 to go in the first half, following three-straight three-pointers from Ryan Camire, but the Mariners battled back again, and put together an eight-point run to close the gap to 25-21 at 6:57. Back-to-back baskets from Thayer and a layup from Nick Judge (Cushing, Maine) tied the game up at 29-29 at 3:22.
The Beavers scored six-unanswered points to take a 35-29 lead into the final minute of the half, but Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) hit a three, and Brendan Newcomb (Holden, Maine) made one from the line and splashed a three to give the Mariners their first lead of the game as they entered halftime with a 36-35 advantage.
The two teams exchanged baskets to open up the second half, before the Beavers went on a 10-point run to take a 47-38 lead at 15:04. Maine Maritime responded with a six-point run to close the deficit to three points (47-44) at 13:10, but the Beavers scored six-straight to build a 53-44 lead.
The Mariners outscored the Beavers 8-3 to close the gap to just one (59-58) with 7:39 to play, but UMF hit back-to-back threes to take a 65-58 lead with just under six minutes to go. Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) and Judge picked up two points each for the Mariners to cut the Beaver lead to 65-62 at 4:19 but UMF outscored Maine Maritime 18-9 for the remainder of the game, including going 8-of-9 from the line, to hang on for the victory.
Thayer ended the evening with a game-high 24 points, while adding four assists, three rebounds, and a pair of steals. Judge added 17 points, seven rebounds, and two steals, and Newcomb chipped in with 10 points and three rebounds.
Farmington's Witham tallied a team-high 20 points, three assists, and a rebound, Amir Moss added 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and four steals and Camire ended the evening with 14 points and a steal. Riley Robinson chipped in with 12 points, six rebounds, six assists, and a steal and Tyus Ripley rounded out the Beavers in double-digits with 11 points, seven rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and an assist.
December 1, 2016: Colby College 75 – Maine Maritime Academy 54
In a tightly contested first half, the Mariners fought back from a 15-10 deficit and put together a six-point run to take a 16-15 advantage following a Riley MacLeod (Bucksport, Maine) layup with 11:21 to go. The Mules recaptured the lead but the Mariners battled back and tied the game at 20 on a Nick Judge basket with 9:22 left to halftime. Colby's Patrick Stewart hit back-to-back 3-point shots to push the lead to 26-20. Colby, which led from that point, took a 35-32 margin into halftime.
The Mules outscored the Mariners 40-22 in the second half to take the non-conference victory.
Brendan Newcomb led the Mariners with 18 points, two rebounds and a steal, Dylan Stevens added nine points, one assist and one steal, and Tyler Gilson led all players with nine rebounds, while also chipping in with six points. Judge and Tyler Thayer also added six points for Maine Maritime.
Patrick Stewart led the Mules with 18 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and a steal, while teammate Maximilian Steiner scored 15 points and pulled down six rebounds, dished out six assists, and two steals, and Sean Gilmore added 13 points, five rebounds, two blocks, and one steal.
January 7, 2017: Husson University 83 – Maine Maritime Academy 70
The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead following a three-pointer from Raheem Anderson, but the Mariners answered with five-unanswered points, capped off by a Nick Judge three-pointer, to take a 5-3 lead. Anderson sank another jump shot to tie the game at 5-5, and the two teams exchanged three-pointers to keep the game deadlocked at 8-8 with 14:50 to play in the first half. Nicholas DePatsy and Sam Meklin made jump shots on back-to-back possessions to give the Mariners a 12-8 lead, but an Anderson layup cut the gap to two points with 13:37 remaining.
Brendan Newcomb sank a three to stretch the Mariners' lead to five, but the Eagles scored nine-unanswered points to take a 19-15 lead following a Eli Itkin three with 10:21 to go. The Eagles built a 10-point lead with 6:31 to go, but the Mariners continued to battle, outscoring the Eagles 18-10 in the final six minutes of the half to send the game into halftime tied at 38-38.
The Eagles opened up the second half on a 5-0 run to take a 43-38 lead, but three-straight threes on Maine Maritime possessions closed Husson's lead to 55-54 at 13:31 but the Eagles began to outstretch their lead, leading by as much as 15 in the closing seconds, and hung on for the victory.
Judge led the Mariners with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, and a steal, DePatsy ended the afternoon with 13 points, on 5-of-7 shooting, three rebounds, and two assists and Newcomb added 12 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Meklin led Maine Maritime with seven rebounds, while also adding seven points, two steals and an assist, and Tyler Thayer led the Mariners with five assists, to go with eight points and four rebounds.
Anderson led all players with 30 points, while also tallying five assists, four rebounds, and two steals, Zach Curran contributed 12 points, four rebounds, and an assist, and Mitch Worcester added 10 points, an assist, and a block.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: The Mariners enter Tuesday's game after a pair of tough overtime losses to Wheelock College and Bates College in the Maine Maritime Tip-Off Tournament on November 18 and 19.
In the last game, the Mariners fell to the Bobcats 72-69 on November 19 inside of Smith Gym.
The first half featured 10 lead changes and three ties, with Bates holding their biggest lead of the half, four points, twice. The Bobcats took a narrow 28-26 advantage into the halftime.
Bates held a lead early in the second half but the Mariners built a nine-point lead twice, once following seven-straight points from Adam Richardson at 10:46 and just a few moments later on a jumper by Newcomb. The Bobcats fought back to tie the game up for the sixth time and the two teams battled back-and-forth and ended regulation deadlocked at 59-59.
DePatsy splashed a three to open up overtime, but the Bobcats countered with a jumper from Spellman to keep the deficit at one. Richardson made a pair of shots at the line to give the Mariners a three-point advantage but Bates responded with two of their own at the line to keep the game within reach.
Riley Jorgenson (Vienna, Va.) hit a three to build the Maine Maritime lead to four, but the Bobcats responded on the other end to make it 67-65 with 2:35 to play.
Newcomb made a jumper for the Mariners to retake the four-point lead, but the Bobcats hit a three and a came up with a timely defensive rebound on the other end. Spellman hit a three to give the Bobcats' their first lead of the overtime period. Bates came up with two defensive rebounds in the closing seconds and built up a 72-69 lead that the Mariners could not overcome.
Richardson tallied his first career triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead Maine Maritime and DePatsy also ended the afternoon with 18 points and added four rebounds, an assist and a steal. Newcomb contributed 13 points, four assists, two rebounds and a steal.
Spellman led all players with 24 points for Bates, while also adding five rebounds, a steal and an assist. Tom Coyne chipped in with 15 points, four assists, a steal and a rebound and Nick Gilpin finished the game with a double-double of 11 rebounds, 10 points, and also added five assists and two blocks.
The Mariners shot 36.9 percent from the floor, while the Bobcats shot 33.8 percent. The Bobcats held a 51-40 advantage in rebounds.
UMaine-Farmington's Last Game: The Beavers defeated Saint Joseph's College of Maine in overtime 71-69 last Tuesday at home.
Milani Hicks led the Beavers with a double-double after scoring 10 points on 3-6 from the field and 4-4 at the free throw line. Hicks notched 14 rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Bill Ruby led the Beavers in points with 17 on 6-12 from the floor and 4-7 at the free throw line while Issac Witham hit the game-tying basket with 2 seconds on the clock to send the game to overtime. Witham finished with 16 points on 4-11 from the field and 1-2 from behind the arc. Eric Berry finished with 12 points while Riley Robinson finished with 10 points.
The Beavers finished the game with a 42.1% shooting percentage (24-57), 36.4% from three-point land (4-11) and 73.1% from the throw line. (19-26). The Beavers tallied 35 rebounds, 18 assists, and eight steals.
Colby College's Last Game: In a battle of unbeaten teams, Eastern Connecticut scored the final five points of the game to pull away for an 83-77 win over the Colby College men's basketball team in the title game of the Colby Classic last Sunday.
Eastern Connecticut led 17-4 at one point in the opening five minutes of the game, but the Mules settled down and nearly took a halftime lead. The Warriors hit two late free throws to take a 43-42 margin into halftime.
The Warriors took another sizable lead in the second half at 53-44 in the opening five minutes. Colby refused to give up and pulled to within 68-67 on a 3-point shot by Sam Jefferson. Moments later, point guard Tyler Williams made a nifty baseline move to give Colby the lead at 69-68.
Colby took its last lead of the game at 74-73 on a 3-point shot by Ethan Schlager with 2:17 to play. The Warriors, though, scored the next five points to take a 78-74 lead with 1:07 remaining. The Mules' Matt Hanna drilled a 3-point shot with 52 seconds left to cut the margin to 78-77, but Carlos Gonzalez had a 3-point play with 26 seconds remaining and then had a steal and a layup off an inbounds play for the final points.
Tarchee Brown had 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting and was 3-for-5 from long range. Gonzalez, who made the all-tournament team, had 15 points and a game-high eight assists. Cory Muckle also had 15 points for the Warriors and Kendall Marquez added 11.
Schlager, who made the all-tournament team for Colby, had 21 points on 5-for-9 shooting from 3-point range. Matt Hanna added 13 points and three assists, Wallace Tucker made all six of his free throws on the way to 12 points, and Pat Dickert had nine points and five rebounds for Colby.
Husson University's Last Game: The Eagles defeated UMaine-Presque Isle 78-70, in a non-conference matchup last Tuesday.
Husson's Raheem Anderson tallied a game-high 30 points while shooting 11-21 from the field in the victory against the Owls.
Husson held a 34-32 lead heading into intermission and extended the advantage to seven points (43-36) when Justin Smith hit a three-pointer at the 17:21 mark. UMaine-Presque Isle chipped away at the deficit with a 6-2 run over the next four minutes to make it a 47-44 game.
The Eagles responded with a 7-0 surge of their own, with a Justin Thompson jumper extending the visitors' advantage to a seven-point lead (54-47) with 10:00 left. The Eagles held on for the 78-70 victory.
Mitch Worcester registered 15 points and four rebounds while dishing out two assists and making three 3-point attempts. Thompson was 4-for-9 from the field and netted nine points. Justin Martin added seven points and a game-high 11 boards.
Deandre Duncombe contributed a team-high 23 points with six rebounds and a pair of assists for UMPI. Kevin Collins was 4-11 from the floor with 13 points.
UMaine-Presque Isle held the lead in rebounds (39-35), assists (16-10), and blocks (2-1), while Husson posted advantages in steals (7-2) and forced turnovers (15-7).
The Mariners: Adam Richardson leads the Mariners with 21 points, 10.7 rebounds, eight assists and one block per game. Nicholas DePatsy averages 12.7 points per game, while Tyler Thayer averages 11.7 points and Nick Judge is averaging 10 points per game. Brendan Newcomb leads the team with 1.7 steals per game.
As a team the Mariners are averaging 76.3 points, 34.2 rebounds and 23.0 assists per game. The team is shooting 44.0 percent from the floor, 30.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.0 percent from the free throw line.
The Beavers: Riley Robinson leads the Beavers with 19 points per game and 2.7 assists per game, while Milani Hicks averages 16 points per game and a team-leading 7.7 rebounds per game and Issac Witham averages 12.3 points per game.
As a team the Beavers average 73 points, 30.3 rebounds, and 11.3 assists per game. The team is shooting 45.5 percent from the floor, 75.6 percent from three-point land and 75.6 percent from the line.
The Mules: Sam Jefferson leads the Mules with 14.6 points per game, while teammate Matt Hanna averages 12.8 points per game and leads the team with two steals per game. Wallace Tucker averages 11.8 points per game and Dean Weiner leads Colby with 9.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 3.6 blocks per game.
As a team the Mules average 87.2 points, 46.6 rebounds, and 20.2 assists per game. The team is shooting 45.5 percent from the floor, 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 64.8 percent from the line.
The Eagles: Raheem Anderson leads the Eagles with 28.5 points per game, while Justin Martin averages 10 points per game and leads the Eagles with eight rebounds per game and two blocks per game. Mitch Worcester leads the team with four assists and two steals per game.
As a team the Eagles average 81 points, 35 rebounds and 12 assists per game. The team is shooting 42.4 percent from the floor, 39.1 percent from three-point land and 66.7 percent from the line.