Mariners Fight Back From First-Half Deficit to Tame Lions

Mariners Fight Back From First-Half Deficit to Tame Lions

QUINCY, Mass. – Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball erased a 16-point first half deficit to defeat Eastern Nazarene College 75-73, on Thursday night in non-conference action at the Lahue Physical Education Center. 

How It Happened: The two teams battled closely in the opening minutes but Eastern Nazarene began to pull away and held a 16-point lead with 8:27 to play in the first half. The Mariners continued to battle and a long buzzer beater from Kimani Anderson (Houston, Texas) cut the Lions' lead to 38-31 entering halftime.

The Mariners went on a 14-5 run to open up the second half and took a 58-53 lead with 12:22 remaining. The Lions took a 64-63 edge with 8:01 to go, and the two teams swapped the lead back-and-forth. Eastern Nazarene took a 73-69 lead with 2:37 to play, but the Mariners responded with six-unanswered points and three defensive rebounds to hang on for the win.

Inside the Numbers: DeMerrill Levy (Houston, Texas) led the Mariners with a game-high 20 points, adding four rebounds and four assists.

Riley Jorgenson (Vienna, Va.) tallied 14 points, a game-high eight rebounds, five assists and two steals, while teammate Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) also tallied 14 points, on 7-of-8 shooting from the floor, to go along with two rebounds and two assists. Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) added 12 points, three assists, two rebounds and a steal.

Noah Cheney led the Lions with 16 points, five rebounds, an assist and a steal, while teammate David Lopez contributed 15 points, seven rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block. Levi Grady-White added 12 points, two steals, two rebounds, an assist and a block off the bench, and Ricky Shearman rounded out the players in double-digits with 11 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals.

The Mariners shot 53.6 percent from the floor, and 33.3 percent from three-point land, while the Lions shot 50 percent from the floor and 27.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Lions held a narrow 30-27 edge in rebounds. 

Up Next: The Mariners improve to 2-2 on the season, while the Lions dip to 0-2 overall. Maine Maritime returns to action on Sunday, November 18 when they host Bates College for their home opener at 3:00 pm.