CASTINE, Maine – Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) tallied a season high-25 points to lead Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball to a 68-66 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) victory over UMaine-Presque Isle on Saturday afternoon inside of Smith Gymnasium.
How it Happened: The two teams battled closely in the first half, until Riley MacLeod (Bucksport, Maine) made a pair from the line and hit a jumper to give the Mariners a 36-35 lead and Richardson made two from the line to send the Mariners into halftime with a 38-35 advantage.
The second half was similar to the first, with the teams exchanging the lead numerous times. Richardson hit a layup with two minutes remaining in the game to give the Mariners a 61-58 advantage and Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) pulled down a crucial defensive rebound and splashed a three on the other side of the court to put the Mariners up, 64-58. UMPI closed the lead to three, but DePatsy and Kimani Anderson (Houston, Texas) hit their free throws in the final seconds to keep the Mariners on top and a last-second three from Shyquinn Dix was not enough for the Owls.
Inside the Numbers: Richardson led the Mariners with a game-high 25 points, shooting 10-of-12 from the floor, five rebounds and five assists.
DePatsy contributed 20 points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal and Anderson added 12 points, six rebounds and an assist.
Griffin Guerrette led the Owls with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal and Luke Peterson added 13 points and an assist. Both Shyquinn Dix and Te'Von Hines tallied 12 points, Hines added eight rebounds, two assists and a steal and Dix contributed four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
The Mariners shot 50.0 percent from the floor and 81.3 percent from the line, while the Owls shot 38.6 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent from the line. Maine Maritime held a 35-31 advantage in rebounds.
Up Next: The Mariners improve to 7-7 overall and 4-2 in the conference, while the Owls drop to 7-10 on the season and 1-7 in the NAC. Maine Maritime returns to action on Tuesday, January 22 when they host UMaine-Fort Kent at 7:00 pm for a non-conference matchup.