Saturday's Game: No. 5 Maine Maritime Academy (11-13, 7-7 NAC) at No. 4 Thomas College (12-12, 9-5 NAC), NAC Quarterfinal, 1:00 pm, Larry Mahaney Gymnasium, Waterville, Maine.
Series History: The Terriers hold a 39-22 record over the Mariners, including a 20-9 record when hosting.
The Mariners in the NAC Tournament: The Mariners are heading to the NAC Tournament for the first time since 2010-2011. Maine Maritime's last appearance came in the NAC Quarterfinals against Thomas College on February 22, 2011 in Waterville. The Terriers came away with a 95-61 win.
Last Meeting: Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) hit nine three-pointers to set a Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball single-game record and scored a career-high 33 points as the Mariners fell to Thomas College 79-73 on February 9, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.
After a back-and-forth opening five minutes, the Mariners went on a 10-point run, highlighted by back-to-back threes from DePatsy to take a 17-8 lead at 12:09. The Terriers hit a basket, but DePatsy responded with another three to give the Mariners their biggest lead of the game, 20-10, at 11:04. Thomas orchestrated a 15-1 run to close out the first half, and the Terriers took a 40-32 edge into halftime.
The Terriers scored seven-unanswered points to open up the second half to build a 47-32 lead, but the Mariners continued to chip away at the deficit and closed the gap to just two points (67-65) with 3:57 to play. Despite the Mariners' surge, Thomas went a perfect 6-of-6 from the line in the final minute to hang on for the victory.
DePatsy led all players with a game-high 33 points, going 9-of-13 from behind the arc, and added five rebounds, one assist, one steal and a block.
Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) tallied 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Zach Mackinnon led Thomas with 21 points and two rebounds, Justin Butler contributed 16 points, eight rebounds, five assists and a steal and Michael Gilman chipped in with 11 points and a steal. Jordan Goodson finished just shy of a double-double with game-high 10 rebounds, eight points, six assists and four steals.
The Mariners shot 51.2 percent from the floor and 60.0 percent from three-point land, while the Terriers shot 43.3 percent overall and 40.0 percent from behind the arc. Thomas held a 37-26 advantage in rebounds on the afternoon.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball fell to Husson University 72-58, on Tuesday night in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Smith Gymnasium.
Maine Maritime jumped out to a 5-0 lead and took their biggest lead of the game at 13:00 after six-unanswered points from Riley Jorgenson (Vienna, Va.) put the Mariners up 13-4.
The Eagles responded with nine-unanswered points to tie the game at 13-13, and the two teams battled back-and-forth before Husson took a narrow 35-31 lead into halftime.
The Mariners used an 8-2 run to take a 39-37 lead early in the second half but Husson orchestrated an 11-0 point run to take a 64-52 lead with 4:47 and hung on for the victory.
Adam Richardson led the Mariners with a game-high 22 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals.
Both Jorgenson and Kimani Anderson (Houston, Texas) tallied 13 points, Jorgenson added three rebounds and two steals, while Anderson contributed three rebounds and one steal.
DJ Bussey led the Eagles with 14 points, three assists, a rebound and a steal, Justice Kendall added 13 points, four steals, three rebounds and an assist and Kyanti Blyden tallied 12 points, five rebounds and four steals.
The Mariners shot 44.7 percent from the floor, while the Eagles shot 45.0 percent and held a 34-27 advantage in rebounds.
Thomas College's Last Game: The Thomas College men's basketball team defeated UMaine-Farmington 90-76 in their regular-season finale on Tuesday evening in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) game at Larry Mahaney Gym.
The teams traded baskets in the early going, with Thomas holding a 14-13 edge seven minutes into the game. The Terriers opened up their lead over the next four minutes with a 16-1 run that made it 30-14 at the halfway point of the period. Thomas held their cushion through the second part of the half to take a 44-30 lead into the break.
The Beavers came out hot in the second half, pulling themselves back in it over the first ten minutes of the half with a 24-15 run that made it 59-54 in favor of Thomas. The Terriers regained a double-digit lead soon after, however, and went on to the 90-76 victory.
Lovegeurson Fleurine and Justin Butler led the Terriers with 20 points each. Jordan Goodson notched a double-double, scoring 13 points and pulling in 11 rebounds, while Michael Gilman also scored in double-digits with 12 points on four three-pointers made.
The Mariners: After 24 games the Mariners average 73.1 points, 32.7 rebounds, and 17.8 assists per game, while averaging 48.9 percent from the floor, 40.0 percent from three-point land and 72.5 percent from the line.
Adam Richardson leads the Mariners with 18.8 points and 4.7 assists per game while Nicholas DePatsy averages 15.7 points per game and Riley Jorgenson averages 11.4 points per game and lead the Mariners with 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.
The Terriers: After 24 games the Terriers average 76.0 points, 37.8 rebounds and 13.4 assists per game, while shooting 44.7 percent from the floor, 39.0 percent from three-point land and 69.7 percent from the line.
Zach Mackinnon leads Thomas with 12.0 points per game, Lovegeurson Fleurine averages 11.0 points per and a team-best 7.2 rebounds game, and both Demetris Webster and Jordan Goodson lead the team with 2.8 assists per game. Goodson leads the Terriers with 2.2 steals per game.