Friday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (9-9, 5-3 NAC) vs. NVU-Lyndon (2-18, 0-9 NAC), 5:30 pm, Smith Gymnasium, Castine, Maine.
Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy vs. NVU-Johnson (3-16, 2-7 NAC), 1:00 pm, Smith Gymnasium, Castine, Maine.
Series Histories: The Mariners are 8-20 all-time against the Hornets, including a 4-11 record when playing in Castine and 12-23 all-time against the Badgers, including an 8-11 record when hosting.
Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball fought back from a 16-point deficit to defeat NVU-Lyndon, 70-69 earlier this season in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Stannard Gymnasium.
The two teams battled closely in the beginning, but the Hornets took a 36-25 lead into halftime and jumped out to a 16-point lead with 15:38 remaining in the game. The Mariners fought back and took a 61-60 advantage at 5:29 following seven-straight points from Riley Jorgenson (Vienna, Va.).
Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) used a three-point play to give the Mariners a 70-67 lead with 15 seconds left and Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) recorded a steal as time expired to give Maine Maritime the victory.
Jorgenson net a career-high 23 points, while adding seven rebounds, four steals and two assists.
Richardson ended the afternoon with 20 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and a steal and Andrew Liebert (Plano, Texas) added 14 points, five assists, and three rebounds.
Kevin Love and Damon Denteh led the Hornets with 14 points each, Love contributed eight rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block and Denteh chipped in with six assists, five rebounds and a steal. Corey Frost added 11 points and two assists and Zach Falkenburg tallied 10 points, six rebounds and two assists.
The Mariners shot 43.5 percent from the floor, while the Hornets shot 44.1 percent. Lyndon held a narrow 37-36 edge in rebounds, but committed 19 turnovers while the Mariners committed 17.
Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball cruised to a 78-57 victory over NVU-Johnson earlier this season in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) opener for both teams, inside of Carter Gymnasium.
The Mariners jumped out to an 8-0 lead following back-to-back three pointers from Nicholas DePatsy and a basket from Adam Richardson. Maine Maritime never looked back, taking a 38-24 lead into halftime. The Mariners took their biggest lead of the night (68-39) with just under six minutes to go in the game, on their way to the victory.
Riley Jorgenson led the Mariners with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, while also contributing three assists.
Richardson recorded a team-high 22 points, to go along with nine rebounds, three blocks and two assists. DePatsy added 16 points, seven rebounds, and two assists.
Robert Dubose led the Badgers with 23 points, four rebounds, two steals and a block and Tyrese Smith contributed 14 points, two rebounds and a steal.
The Mariners shot 48.1 percent from the floor and 47.8 percent from three-point land, while the Badgers shot 36.2 percent from the floor and 26.9 percent from beyond the arc. Maine Maritime held a 46-30 advantage in rebounds.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball fell to Bowdoin College 84-63, on Monday night in non-conference action inside of Smith Gymnasium.
The two teams exchanged the lead early on, until the Polar Bears used a 10-point run to take a 15-8 lead at 11:15. The Mariners fought back and retook a the lead, 24-23, following a three-pointer from Nicholas DePatsy at 5:16. DePatsy hit another three with 54 seconds to play in the first half to tie the game at 33-33, but the Polar Bears scored four-straight to take a narrow 37-33 edge into halftime.
The Mariners remained within striking distance in the second half, until Bowdoin orchestrated a 14-point run to take a 75-58 lead at 2:33 and held the Mariners to just five points in the remaining time, to secure the victory.
DePatsy led the Mariners with 18 points, three rebounds, and two assists.
Riley Jorgenson added 14 points, a team-high six rebounds, four assists and a block, Kimani Anderson (Houston, Texas) contributed 13 points, five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block and Riley MacLeod (Bucksport, Maine) added a game-high seven assists, to go along with eight points, five rebounds, a steal, and a block.
David Reynolds led Bowdoin with 21 points, five rebounds, and two assists while teammate Jack Simonds tallied a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds and also added three assists, a steal and a block.
Zavier Rucker had 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal and Hugh O'Neil added 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block.
The Mariners shot 40.7 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from three-point land, while the Polar Bears shot 56.9 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent from behind the arc. Bowdoin held a 36-24 advantage in rebounds.
NVU-Lyndon's Last Game: Facing a 17-point deficit midway through the second half of Saturday's North Atlantic Conference men's basketball game, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon rallied to within six points but fell78-68 to the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
UMPI got off to a fast start, jumping out to a 13-2 advantage less than four minutes into the contest. Lyndon responded with baskets from Kyle Cary, Dylan Torello, and Damon Denteh to cut the deficit to five. Following a Griffin Guerrette three-pointer for the Owls, Kenan Hajdarevic found Ricky Shuford for layups on consecutive possessions to bring the Hornets to within 16-13. The Owls were able to maintain a single-digit lead through the rest of the opening half and headed to the locker room with a 35-30 advantage.
The two teams battled on even terms in the early going of the second half. The Owls held a 41-37 advantage with just over 16 minutes to go when Guerrette converted a layup off of a Lyndon turnover to ignite a 19-6 run which was capped by a Quinn Mitchell three-pointer, giving UMPI its biggest lead at 60-43 with 10:48 to go. At that point the Hornets began to chip away, and when Luke Fredsell found Shuford for a layup, the Hornets were within 70-64 with 1:23 to go. After a pair of Guerrette free throws, Fredsell again found Shuford, but that was as close as the Hornets would get.
Dix led UMPI with 28 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 6-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc. Guerrette added 18 and Mitchell came off the bench to score 11. Wilburn Griffiths notched a double-double with ten points and 16 rebounds. Shuford scored a season high 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the Hornets. Cary also posted a double-double with 15 points and 19 rebounds while Hajdarevic handed out a team-best six assists.
As a team, UMPI shot 40.9 percent, including 13-of-40 (32.5 percent) from long range. Lyndon struggled from the floor, making only 28-of-86 (32.6 percent) attempts, including only 6-of-28 (21.4 percent) from distance. The Hornets held a 54-48 rebounding advantage and forced 17 Owl turnovers while committing only 11 themselves.
NVU-Johnson's Last Game: The Northern Vermont University-Johnson men's basketball team picked up a 75-66 win over SUNY Canton on Saturday afternoon. Robert Dubose led the charge for NVU-Johnson with a career-high 31 points.
A career afternoon from both Robert Dubose and Tyhee Taylor helped propel the Badgers to their third victory of the season. Dubose led all scorers with 31 points while also collecting 10 rebounds. Dubose becomes the first men's basketball player to reach the 30 point mark since Jeyquan Johnson during the 2017-2018 season. Taylor earned his first double-double of the season adding 16 points and 10 rebounds of his own and was two points shy of his career high 18 points. He provided security for the Badgers on the defensive glass as nine of his ten rebounds were defensive. Vernon Slater was the third player in double digits as he added 15 points on the day.
Both the Badgers and Kangaroos held their own for most of the first half. Both teams traded baskets until the Kangaroos jumped out on a 14-4 run of their own with just three minutes in the half. Dubose shot 4-9 for the first half and struggled to find a rhythm as the Badgers went into the break down by a score of 38-28.
In the start of the second half the Badgers took pride on the defensive end and limited the Kangaroos to one shot. A made jump shot from Dubose and made three-point field goals from both Taylor and Javon Daniels cut the lead to just seven. The Kangaroos transitioned as Andrew Fitch was aggressive and scored a basket of his own. Being down just seven with 14:39 left in the half the freshman Taylor came up big with his second three of the half, cutting the lead to just six points. With a few adjustments defensively, and an offensive spark from Dubose who was scoring in a multitude of ways the Badgers took the lead with just 8:59 remaining in regulation. The Kangaroos struggled to bounce back, and the Badgers earned a 75-66 conference road win.
The Mariners: After 18 games the Mariners average 73.2 points, 33.8 rebounds, and 18.3 assists per game, while averaging 47.9 percent from the floor, 39.6 percent from the three-point line and 71.4 percent from the line.
Adam Richardson leads the Mariners with 18.0 points and 4.2 assists per game while Nicholas DePatsy averages 15.0 points per game and Riley Jorgenson averages 11.5 points per game while leading the team with 6.8 rebounds per game. Both DePatsy and Jorgenson lead the team with 1.2 steals per game.
The Hornets: After 20 games the Hornets average 73.0 points, 38.0 rebounds and 16.5 assists per game, while shooting 40.9 percent from the floor, 31.3 percent from behind the arc and 62.5 percent from the line.
Kevin Love leads Lyndon with 13.5 points, 5.9 rebounds per game, while Zach Falkenburg and Ricky Shuford average 11.4 points per game and Damon Denteh averages 10.7 points per game and leads the team with 4.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
The Badgers: After 19 games the Badgers average 59.3 points, 32.8 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game while shooting 37.0 percent from the floor, 29.2 percent from three-point land and 62.3 percent from the line.
Robert Dubose leads the Badgers with 16.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.0 block per game, Vernon Slater averages 10.6 points per game. Donell Shaw leads the team with 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game.