CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball fell to UMaine-Farmington 68-66 on Tuesday night in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) opener for both teams, inside of Smith Gymnasium.
With the loss the Mariners drop to to 0-4 on the season, and 0-1 in the NAC, while the Beavers improve to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference. The Mariners return to action when they host NESCAC's Colby College at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.
The Beavers maintained a lead throughout most of the first half, and held a 12-point lead with just under two minutes left but Brendan Newcomb (Holden, Maine) hit a jumper with 55 seconds to play to cut the lead to 10. Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) hit a three to make it 37-30 with three seconds left and Newcomb intercepted the Beavers' inbound pass and splashed a three as time expired to send the Mariners into the intermission down by just four points (37-33).
Newcomb led all players in the first half with 18 points, while Milani Hicks led the Beavers with 14 points.
Riley Jorgenson (Vienna, Va.) hit a three with 17 minutes remaining and sparked an eight-point run for the Mariners, giving the hosts their first lead of the second half. The two teams exchanged the lead back-and-forth until the Beavers scored nine-unanswered points to take a 58-52 lead with 8:38 to play. The Mariners continued to battle and scored the final six points of the game, but came up empty in the final minutes falling 68-66.
Newcomb led the Mariners with 21 points, four assists, and a steal, Jorgenson added 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block off the bench and Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) contributed a his fourth consecutive double-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds one steal and one assist.
Hicks led the Beavers with 22 points, nine rebounds, three steals, two blocks and an assist, while teammate Riley Robinson chipped in with a double-double of 19 points, 10 rebounds, and added seven assists, and two steals.
The Beavers shot 47.5 percent from the floor, while the Mariners shot 37.5 percent, but Maine Maritime held a 38-36 edge in rebounds.