WATERVILLE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball fell to Thomas College 67-63, on Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Quarterfinal matchup inside of Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.
With the loss the Mariners conclude their season at 11-14, while the Terriers improve to 13-12 overall and will travel to take on the top-seed, UMaine-Farmington on Friday night in the NAC Semifinals.
How it Happened: The two teams battled closely after a low-scoring opening four minutes of play. The Mariners used an 11-point run to take a 22-15 lead at 7:40 but the Terriers battled back and carried a slim 36-34 advantage into halftime.
Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) hit a layup to open up the second half and tied the game at 36-36. The teams exchanged the lead back-and-forth until Jordan Goodson hit three layups in a row, to spark an eight-point run by the Terriers. Thomas entered the final two minutes of play with a 65-60 lead, and despite a late-game three from Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine), the Terriers' Tyler Nixon made both shots from the line to secure the 67-63 victory.
Inside the Numbers: Andrew Liebert (Plano, Texas) led the Mariners with 18 points, one rebound, one assist and a steal.
Richardson finished the afternoon with 15 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal, DePatsy contributed 13 points, three steals and two assists and Kimani Anderson (Houston, Texas) added a team-best seven rebounds to go along with nine points, three assists, a steal and a block.
Justin Butler led Thomas with a game-high 22 points, six rebounds, two steals and an assist, Zach Mackinnon added 15 points, three steals and a pair of rebounds and Goodson tallied 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Both teams shot 50.0 percent from the floor, the Mariners also shot 50.0 percent from three-point land and 100.0 percent (13-13) from the line, while the Terriers shot 40.0 percent from behind the arc and 69.2 percent from the line. Thomas held a 28-21 edge in rebounds, and capitalized on the Mariners' 19 turnovers with 21 points off of the giveaways.