CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball fell to Northern Vermont University – Lyndon, 87-82 on Friday night in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Smith Gymnasium.
How it Happened: The Hornets jumped out to a 10-0 lead early in the first half, but the Mariners fought back to close the gap to 24-20 with 8:47 to play. Lyndon hit nine-straight to build a 35-22 lead and took a 48-37 advantage into halftime.
The Mariners put together a 10-point run to close Lyndon's lead to 58-53 with 14:09 to go, but the Hornets retook a double-digit lead midway through the second half. Maine Maritime knocked the deficit down to single-digits, but the Hornets hung on to secure the victory.
Inside the Numbers: Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) led the Mariners with a game-high 22 points to go along with a game-high 10 assists for the double-double. Richardson also added five rebounds.
Andrew Liebert (Plano, Texas) tallied a career-high 21 points, four rebounds, and two assists, Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) contributed 18 points, one rebound, and one assist and Kimani Anderson (Houston, Texas) chipped in with 15 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks.
Damon Denteh led the Hornets with 15 points, five steals, three assists and a pair of rebounds, while Zach Falkenburg added 12 points, six assists, and two rebounds and Ricky Shuford contributed 11 points, five rebounds, an assist and a block.
The Mariners shot 51.7 percent from the floor, while the Hornets shot 56.7 percent on the night. The two teams were deadlocked with 29 rebounds each.
Up Next: The Mariners dip to 9-10 on the season and 5-4 in the conference, while the Hornets improve to 3-18 overall and 1-9 in the NAC. Maine Maritime will return to action tomorrow, February 2 when they host NVU-Johnson at 1:00 pm.