Friday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (3-2, 0-0 NAC) at NVU-Johnson (0-5, 0-0 NAC), 5:30 pm, Carter Varsity Gymnasium, Johnson, Vermont.
Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy at NVU-Lyndon (2-4, 0-0 NAC), 1:00 pm, Stannard Gymnasium, Lyndonville, Vermont.
Series Histories: The Mariners are 11-23 all-time against the Badgers, including a 3-11 record when playing in Vermont, and 7-20 all-time against the Hornets, including a 3-9 record when playing in Lyndonville.
Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) hit a three-pointer to open up the game and sparked an 8-2 run by the Mariners. Maine Maritime began to build a lead, until the Badgers closed the gap to one, 12-11, at 12:05. The Mariners responded with eight-unanswered points to make it 20-11 and held at 31-21 lead at halftime.
The Badgers slowly chipped away at the Mariners' lead and tied the game at 49-49 with 7:57 to play but Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) scored eight-consecutive points to give the Mariners a 57-49 lead with 4:24 to go. The Mariners continued to rebuild their lead, and went a perfect 6-for-6 from the line in the final minute to pick up the conference victory.
Richardson led all players with 23 points, and also contributed six rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block. Brendan Newcomb added 14 points, three steals, two rebounds and an assist and Riley Jorgenson (Vienna, Va.) added a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds, while also adding five assists, and two steals. DePatsy ended the evening with 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Marqwon Wynn led the Badgers with 18 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals, while teammate Vernon Slater added 10 points, three assists, one rebound and one steal.
Maine Maritime shot 41.8 percent from the floor, while the Badgers shot 34.3 percent. The Mariners also held a 41-37 edge in rebounds.
The Mariners jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Hornets got on the board with a three. Riley Jorgenson (Vienna, Va.) and Andrew Liebert (Plano, Texas) hit baskets and Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) drained a three to give the Mariners a 12-3 lead. Lyndon put together a 12-2 run on four three-pointers from Zach Knowlton to take a momentary 15-14 lead but the Mariners retook the lead on a layup by Nick Judge.
Lyndon tied the game up twice, but the Mariners began to pull away and took a 42-29 lead into halftime.
Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) led Maine Maritime with 11 points in the first half, while Knowlton led the Hornets with 18 points, all on three-pointers.
Maine Maritime scored 11-unanswered points early in the second half to build a considerable lead and cruised to the victory.
Richardson led the Mariners with 24 points, five assists, four rebounds and a steal, DePatsy added 17 points, including five three-pointers, a team-high eight rebounds, six assists and two steals and Brendan Newcomb contributed 12 points, three assists, three steals and two rebounds.
Knowlton led the Hornets with 21 points, on seven three-pointers, and also added two rebounds and an assist, while Ricky Shuford added 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal.
The Mariners shot 55.0 percent from the floor, the highest all season, while Lyndon shot 32.9 percent. The Hornets held a 45-35 edge in rebounds.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball defeated Bates College 63-52, on November 18 in non-conference action inside of Smith Gymnasium.
The Mariners held an early lead, but the Bobcats battled back to take a slim 27-25 advantage entering halftime.
After exchanging baskets early in the second half, the Mariners tied the game at 39-39 at 9:55, following a three-point play from Adam Richardson. That three-point play sparked a 16-0 run by the Mariners, giving them a 54-39 lead entering the final four minutes of play and the hosts never looked back.
Richardson led the Mariners with 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks. Nicholas DePatsy added 12 points, four rebounds and two assists and DeMerrill Levy (Houston, Texas) chipped in with 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Kimani Anderson (Houston, Texas) contributed a game-high 10 rebounds, while also tallying eight points and an assist.
Andrew Snoddy led the Bobcats with 17 points, five rebounds, three steals, an assist and a block and Jeff Spellman added 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Mariners shot 41.7 percent from the floor, and 30.8 percent from beyond the arc, while the Bobcats shot 36.8 percent from the floor and 14.3 percent from three-point land. Maine Maritime held a 41-24 advantage in rebounds.
NVU-Johnson's Last Game: The Northern Vermont University-Johnson men's basketball team fell to Green Mountain College by a score of 88-50.
The Badgers faced adversity early as the Green Mountain College Eagles came out to a strong start. The Eagles came out strong scoring the first 6 points of the game. Donell Shaw countered with a 3 pointer of his own to put the Badgers on the board. Shaw continued with a made free throw and a made layup to put the Badgers within four points of the Eagles. The Eagles defense was impressive deflecting shots and turning the Badgers over multiple times allowing them to go on a 16-0 run in the first half. The Eagles finished out the half up by a score of 48-27.
The second half was no different. Greg Alexander and Alex Sanchez both contributed 15 for the Eagles. Donell Shaw and freshman Winston Jones both scored 11 points for the game. Jones added five rebounds and shot 50% (3-6) from behind the arc.
The Badgers collected 26 rebounds while the Eagles collected 45. The Eagles shot a game best 52% from the field and were harassing on defense. The Badgers turned the ball over 25 times.
NVU-Lyndon's Last Game*: Northern Vermont University-Lyndon fell to Castleton University, 89-73 on November 25. (*The Hornets host Husson University on Friday night.)
Castleton opened up a 13-point advantage midway through the first half, running out to a 31-18 advantage just over ten minutes into the game. With the Spartans still leading, 41-19, Lyndon's Dylan Torello scored eight-straight points to bring the Hornets within 41-37 with 1:39 to go in the opening half. Castleton responded by scoring the final six points of the half to take a ten point advantage into intermission.
Castleton quickly built an 18 point advantage in the early going of the second half, and Lyndon was never able to get closer than nine the rest of the way.
The Spartans made 32-of-69 (46.4%) field goal attempts, including 8-of-23 (34.8%) from behind the arc. Meanwhile, the Hornets were only able to convert 26-of-79 (32.9%) attempts, including only 10-of-38 (26.3%) from long range. Castleton owned a 51-44 rebounding advantage.
Richard Walker led five Castleton double-figure scorers with 19 points. Cameron Edwards added 16 and Tank Roberson chipped in 12 points and nine assists for the Spartans.
Kevin Love led the Hornets with 18 points. Corey Frost added 14, and Torello reached double-figures for the first time as a Hornet, finishing with 11.
The Mariners: After five games the Mariners average 71.4 points, 36 rebounds, and 16.8 assists per game, while averaging 48 percent from the floor, 36.5 percent from the three-point line and 77.5 percent from the line.
DeMerrill Levy leads the Mariners with 17.8 points per game, Adam Richardson averages 15.4 points per game while leading the team with 4.4 assists per game and Nicholas DePatsy averages 14 points per game. Kimani Anderson averages a team-best 7.4 rebounds, and both Richardson and Riley Jorgenson lead the Mariners with 1.4 steals per game.
The Badgers: After five games the Badgers average 52.6 points, 32.8 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game while shooting 33.6 percent from the floor, 26.1 percent from three-point land and 65.7 percent from the line.
Vernon Slater averages 12 points and one steal per game to lead the Badgers, Donell Shaw leads the team with six rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, and Hayden Tomlinson leads the team with 1.4 blocks per game.
The Hornets: After six games the Hornets average 76.8 points, 44.2 rebounds and 18 assists per game, while shooting 41.2 percent from the floor, 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 57.5 percent from the line.
Kevin Love leads Lyndon with 15.3 points per game, while Corey Frost averages 11.7 points per game and both Damon Denteh and Ricky Shuford average 10.8 points per game. Love and Jahleel Gabriel lead the Hornets with 6.7 rebounds per game and Denteh leads the team with 5.2 assists and two steals per game.