CASTINE, Maine – Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) scored a game-high 22 points to lead Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball to a 68-63 victory over Thomas College in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Smith Gymnasium, on Saturday afternoon.
How it Happened: After a back-and-forth start to the first half, the Terriers used a 10-point run to take a 22-16 lead with 8:13 to play. The Mariners fought back to take a 31-27 lead into halftime.
The Terriers came out strong in the second half, to take their biggest lead of the game (52-43) with 9:58 to play. Richardson hit a layup to spark a six-point run for the Mariners, cutting the deficit to 52-49 at 8:09. Kimani Anderson (Houston, Texas) made a layup and Riley Jorgenson (Vienna, Va.) hit back-to-back threes to give the Mariners a 57-54 lead with 6:09 to play.
Thomas tied the game at 58-58 but Richardson scored six-unanswered points for the Mariners to make it 64-58 at 1:07. Zach MacKinnon hit a three to bring the game within three points, but the Mariners were strong at the line in the final 21 seconds to close out the victory.
Inside the Numbers: Richardson led all players with 22 points, six rebounds, six assists and a block.
Jorgenson added 13 points, six rebounds, two steals and an assist and both Anderson and Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) added 11 points. Anderson added four rebounds and two steals while DePatsy contributed a game-high seven assists, five rebounds and three steals.
Justin Butler led the Terriers with 16 points, three rebounds, two steals and an assist off the bench and Lovegeurson Fleurine chipped in with 14 points, nine rebounds, and an assist.
The Mariners shot 43.1 percent from the floor, while the Terriers shot 38.5 percent. The Terriers held a 44-31 advantage in rebounds.
Up Next: With the win the Mariners improve to 9-8 on the season and 5-3 in the conference, while Thomas drops to 8-12 overall and 5-5 in the NAC. Maine Maritime returns to action on Monday, January 28 when they host NESCAC's Bowdoin College at 7:00 pm.