Friday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (3-18, 2-12 NAC) vs. Johnson State College (7-13, 4-10 NAC), 7:30 p.m., Smith Gymnasium, Castine, Maine.
Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy vs. Lyndon State College (2-18, 2-12 NAC), 3:00 p.m., Smith Gymnasium, Castine, Maine.
Series Histories: The Badgers are 23-10 all-time against the Mariners and 11-7 when playing in Castine.
The Hornets hold a 20-6 record over the Mariners. The Mariners are 3-11 all-time when hosting Lyndon.
January 20, 2018: Johnson State College 78 - Maine Maritime Academy 73
Maine Maritime held a 20-19 advantage midway through the first half and outscored Johnson 24-16, before the Badgers hit a last second three to cut the Mariners' lead to 44-38 heading into halftime.
The Badgers cut Maine Maritime's lead to one (52-51) six minutes into the half and took a 53-51 lead on their next possession. The two teams exchanged the lead eight times over the next eight minutes, with Johnson holding a narrow 69-67 lead with just under five minutes to go.
The Mariners closed Johnson's lead to one (74-73) following a Brendan Newcomb (Holden, Maine) three, but the Badgers hung on for the 78-73 victory.
Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) tallied a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and also added three assists, three blocks and a steal. Riley Jorgenson (Vienna, Va.) added 16 points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists and Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) contributed 12 points, two rebounds and an assist.
Donell Shaw led Johnson State with 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal, Marqwon Wynn and Vernon Slater each contributed 12 points, and Shakeel Irvin rounded out the players in double-digits with 10 points.
The Badgers shot 49.2 percent from the floor, while the Mariners shot 45.5 percent. Johnson held a 38-34 edge in rebounds.
January 19, 2018: Maine Maritime Academy 75 - Lyndon State College 60
Senior Brendan Newcomb scored a game-high 19 points to surpass 1,000 career points and lead Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball to a 75-60 victory against Lyndon State College.
To go with his 19 points, Newcomb added five steals, three rebounds and an assist. Newcomb becomes just the 12th player in Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball history to reach the milestone.
The Mariners and Hornets exchanged the lead back-and-forth in the first five minutes of the game, until Maine Maritime went on a 9-2 run to take an 18-11 lead at 11:31. Lyndon answered back with eight-unanswered points to take a one-point lead at 6:41. Newcomb splashed a three to give the Mariners a two-point advantage, but the Hornets answered with a pair of threes to take a 25-21 lead with 4:37 to go in the half. Newcomb forced a turnover and made a layup to close the gap to four (27-23) and Nicholas DePatsy hit a three in the final seconds of the half to cut Lyndon's lead to 31-29 at halftime.
Maine Maritime came out hot in the second half, using a 10-2 run to take a 39-33 lead. The Mariners never looked back, outscoring the Hornets 46-29 in the second half, to claim the 75-60 victory.
DePatsy finished the evening with 14 points and three rebounds, while Riley Jorgenson also tallied 14 points and added five rebounds, an assist and a steal. Andrew Liebert (Plano, Texas) contributed a career-high 10 points, five rebounds and an assist.
Ricky Shuford led the Hornets with 18 points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal while teammate Corey Frost added 12 points, five rebounds and three assists and CJ Jimmy contributed 10 points, five rebounds and two assists.
The Mariners shot 40.6 percent from the floor, while the Hornets shot 39.0 percent from the floor. Lyndon held a narrow 39-38 edge in rebounds.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball fell to New England College 82-79 last Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Bridges Gymnasium.
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 led the Mariners with 20 points, on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor, seven rebounds, an assist and a steal. Riley Jorgenson and Brendan Newcomb 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 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.
Johnson State College's Last Game: Johnson State College men's basketball fell to UMaine-Farmington 70-60 in a North Atlantic Conference game last Saturday afternoon at Carter Gym.
The teams traded points in the early going, with the score tied 6-6 six minutes in. The Beavers went on a 12-1 run over the next four minutes to take command with an 18-7 lead. UMF held the advantage through the remainder of the half to go into the intermission ahead 39-24.
The Badgers refused to be put away early in the second, trading baskets with the beavers to keep the deficit in the low teens. After a Riley Robinson layup with six minutes left made the score 59-47 in favor of UMF, Johnson rallied off nine straight points, capped by a Jeyquan Johnson three, to cut the lead to 59-56.The Beavers pulled back away though, and took the 70-60 win.
Issac Witham led all scorers with 20 points on 3-8 from the field and 12-12 at the free throw line to go along with two rebounds and three assists. Bill Ruby added 18 points after going 6-10 from the field and six free throws while adding a double-double with 13 rebounds. Eric Berry added 15 points with five rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Vernon Slater finished with 14 for the Badgers on 5-8 shooting from the floor while Shakeel Irvin added 11 points.
The Beavers shot 40.8% from the floor (20-49), 13.3% from behind the arc (2-15) and 84.8% at the free throw line (28-33). UMF notched 46 rebounds, 10 assists, six steals and two blocks.
Johnson St. shot 35.9% on the day (23-64), 28% from behind the arc and went 7-15 at the free throw line. The Badgers tallied 31 total rebounds, 18 assists and 10 steals and five blocks.
Lyndon State College's Last Game: Lyndon State College men's basketball fell to Thomas College last Saturday afternoon, 85-79.
The two teams battled to an even 43-43 score throughout the first half. Freshman Angel Gonzalez knocked down 4-of-5 shots from behind the arch while senior John Morgan added 11 points before the break. Ricky Shuford and Darren Williams Jr. combined for 29 points for the Hornets.
Lyndon looked to be in control in the second half as they found themselves up 75-66 with 4:40 remaining. The Terriers finished the game on a big 19-4 run led by nine points from sophomore Zach Mackinnon to take an 85-79 win.
Senior Carlos Gonzalez finished with a team-high 21 points along with 10 rebounds for a double-double while Angel Gonzalez wrapped up with 17 points for the Terriers. Mackinnon ended with 16 points and seven rebounds while Morgan finished in double figures with 15 points. Freshman Justin Butler neared a triple-double performance with eight points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists.
Shuford netted a game-high 27 points and dished out six assists while Williams chipped in with 21 points and eight boards in the effort for Lyndon.
The Mariners: Adam Richardson leads the Mariners with 13 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, Nicholas DePatsy averages 12.2 points per game and Brendan Newcomb averages 10.2 points per game.
As a team the Mariners are averaging 66.4 points, 33.3 rebounds and 16.0 assists per game. The team is shooting 40.8 percent from the floor, 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 67.8 percent from the free throw line.
The Badgers: Marqwon Wynn leads the Badgers with 16.1 points and 3.5 assists per game while teammate Jeyquan Johnson averages 11.7 points per game. Shakeel Irvin leads Johnson with 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. Demetrius Slade averages a team-leading 3.5 steals per game.
As a team the Badgers average 70.5 points, 34.4 rebounds and 11.6 assists per game. The team is shooting 40.7 percent from the floor, 27.7 percent from beyond the three-point arch and 58.9 percent from the line.
The Hornets: Ricky Shuford leads the Hornets with 18.1 points per game. Jahleel Gabriel leads active players with 7.6 rebounds per game, while CJ Jimmy leads active players with two assists per game and 1.0 steal per game.
As a team the Hornets are averaging 71.7 points, 40.4 rebounds and 12.4 assists per game. Lyndon is shooting 40.2 percent from the floor, 30.8 percent from beyond the arc and 67.7 percent from the line.