Maine Maritime's Comeback Falls Short Against Mules

Maine Maritime's Comeback Falls Short Against Mules

CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball fell to Colby College 71-60 on Thursday night in non-conference action inside of Smith Gymnasium.

With the loss the Mariners fall to 0-5 overall, while the Mules improve to 5-1 on the season. Maine Maritime will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Husson University for a 3:00 p.m. North Atlantic Conference matchup.

Nick Judge (Cushing, Maine) splashed a three to open up the scoring for the Mariners, but the Mules answered back with a jump shot on the other end and built an 8-3 lead, before five-straight points from Maine Maritime's Riley Jorgenson (Vienna, Va.) tied the game at 8-8 with 14:41 to go in the first half. The Mules took back the lead and held the Mariners scoreless for nearly six minutes as they built a 17-point lead with 7:25 remaining and took a 38-23 advantage into halftime. 

The Mariners went on a 19-7 run, led by a trio of 3-pointers from Jorgenson to open up the second half and closed the Mules' lead to just three points (45-42) with 15:10 to play. The Mariners remained within striking distance until the Mules went on a 12-4 run to take a 67-54 lead with 4:10 to play. Tyler Thayer (Hermon, Maine) hit a pair from the line to close the gap to 11 points, but Dean Weiner responded with two from the line for the Mules to make it 69-56 with 90 seconds remaining.

Thayer added a layup with 59 seconds to go, and Colby's Matt Hanna made a free throw to make it 70-58 with 30 seconds left. Andrew Liebert (Plano, Texas) added a basket with 10 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 10, but the Mules added another point from the line to take the 71-60 victory. 

Thayer led the Mariners with 21 points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal, while Jorgenson added a career-high 20 points, on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor, a team-high eight rebounds and two assists.

Weiner led the Mules with a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds and also added five assists and a block and Hanna and Sam Jefferson each contributed 11 points.

The Mules shot 46.6 percent from the floor compared the Mariners' 41.7 percent shooting, and Colby held a 38-30 edge in rebounds.