HENNIKER, N.H. – Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball fell to New England College 82-79 on Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Bridges Gymnasium.
With the loss the Mariners fall to 3-18 overall, and 2-12 in the conference, while the Pilgrims improve to 15-6 on the season and 11-3 in the NAC. Maine Maritime returns to action on Friday, February 9 when they host Johnson State College at 7:30 pm.
After striking first, the Mariners fought back from an early 10-point deficit to take a 40-39 lead into halftime.
The two teams exchanged the lead early in the second half but the Pilgrims went on a 13-point run to take a 57-44 lead with 14:45 to play. The Mariners continued to fight and slowly chipped away at the deficit, using a nine-point run to close the gap to just one, 78-77, with 14 seconds left. New England College made four free throws late in the game and despite a last second jumper from Tyler Thayer (Hermon, Maine), the Pilgrims hung on for the 82-79 victory.
Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) led the Mariners with 20 points, on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor, seven rebounds, an assist and a steal. Riley Jorgenson (Vienna, Va.) and Brendan Newcomb (Holden, Maine) each contributed 17 points, while Jorgenson added eight rebounds, six assists, and two steals and Newcomb chipped in with four assists, two rebounds and a steal.
Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) and Thayer rounded out the Mariners in double-digits with 12 points apiece. DePatsy added three rebounds and a pair of assists while Thayer tallied four rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Izaiah Winston-Brooks led the Pilgrims with 24 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal, Ricky Leonard contributed 18 points, and two rebounds and Calvin Cheek added 15 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and six steals.
Maine Maritime shot 50.0 percent from the floor, including 44.4 percent from three-point land, while the Pilgrims shot 40.6 percent from the floor and 25.9 percent from beyond the arc. The Pilgrims held a 42-32 edge in rebounds.