Strong Second Half Lifts Privateers Over Mariners

Strong Second Half Lifts Privateers Over Mariners

THROGGS NECK, N.Y. – Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball fell to SUNY Maritime 75-59 on Friday afternoon in non-conference action inside of Riesenberg Hall Gym.  

With the loss the Mariners fall to 0-9 on the season, while the Privateers improve to 5-4 overall. Maine Maritime returns to action tomorrow against Hunter College at 1:00 pm.

The Privateers outscored the Mariners 40-27 in the second half to claim the victory.

The two teams battled back-and-forth in the first half, until the Privateers went on a seven-point run to take a 26-19 lead with 7:55 to go. The Mariners fought back to close the gap to three (35-32) entering halftime.

Nick Judge (Cushing, Maine) scored seven-straight points to open up the second half and gave the Mariners a 37-35 lead with 17:59 to play. SUNY scored 17 unanswered points to take a 54-39 lead with 11:53 remaining. The Mariners fought back, outscoring the Privateers 7-2 in the next four minutes to close the gap to 56-46. Brendan Newcomb (Holden, Maine) converterd on a three-point play at 6:43 to close the gap to just eight (60-52), but the deficit proved to be too big and the Privateers hung on for the 75-59 victory. 

Judge led Maine Maritime with 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) added 12 points, three rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block and Newcomb chipped in with nine points, four rebounds and a team-best four assists. Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) and Tyler Thayer (Hermon, Maine) each contributed eight points, while DePatsy also pulled down seven rebounds and dished out four helpers and Thayer added four rebounds. 

Isaiah Hayes led the Privateers with 22 points, eight rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal. John Liccese added 16 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, Patrick MacDonald had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds while also dishing out two assists and Michael Walker rounded out players in double digits with 13 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.

The Privateers held a 42-34 edge in rebounds, but the Mariners shot 42.9 percent from the floor compared to SUNY's 42.6 percent shooting.