Friday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (1-11, 0-5 NAC) vs. New England College (8-4, 4-1 NAC) 7:30 p.m., Smith Gymnasium, Castine, Maine.
Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy vs. Colby-Sawyer College (8-3, 5-0 NAC), 3:00 p.m., Smith Gymnasium, Castine, Maine.
Series Histories: The Pilgrims hold an 11-3 all-time edge over the Mariners, including a 6-2 record when playing in Castine.
The Chargers are 13-0 all-time against the Mariners and 7-0 when playing in Castine.
January 28, 2017 – Maine Maritime Academy 87 - New England College 80
Last season the Mariners and Pilgrims met twice, with both team taking a win. In the most recent meeting on January 28, 2017 the Mariners took an 87-80 win.
The Mariners jumped out to a 6-1 lead to start the game, following layups from Nick Judge (Cushing, Maine), Dylan Price, and Tyler Gilson. Judge scored five-straight to put the Mariners up 18-9 with 12 minutes to go but the Pilgrims responded with four points to close the gap to five with 11:26 to play.
Maine Maritime used an 11-point run, capped off by a three-pointer from Brendan Newcomb (Holden, Maine) and a Tyler Thayer (Hermon, Maine) layup to take a 20-point lead at 2:09. New England College outscored the Mariners 8-4 in the final 90 seconds of the half to cut the gap to 49-33 entering halftime.
Judge led the Mariners with 10 points in the first half, on 4-for-5 shooting from the floor, while Justin Farrick also had 10 points in the first 20 minutes for the Pilgrims.
New England College came out strong in the second half, outscoring the Mariners 23-5 in the opening ten minutes of play to take the lead for the first time, 54-52. The Mariners put together a seven-point run, beginning at 8:41 with a Dylan Stevens layup and capped off by a three-point play from Thayer at 7:44, to take a 65-60 lead.
The Mariners were hot from three-point land, sinking threes on three of their next five scores, to take a 78-69 lead with 3:21 to play. Izaiah Winston-Brooks scored five-straight to cut the Mariners' lead to 78-73. Newcomb hit a pair from the line and Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) capitalized on a three-point play to stretch Maine Maritime's lead to 83-73 with 1:41 to go.
Once again, the Pilgrims scored five-straight to close the gap to five, but the Mariners were sharp from the line as Newcomb and Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) combined to hit four from the charity stripe, to secure the 87-80 victory.
DePatsy, Newcomb, and Thayer each tallied 18 points for the Mariners. DePatsy added five rebounds and one assist, Newcomb contributed three assists and two rebounds, and Thayer chipped in with a game-high eight assists, three rebounds, and a team-high three steals. Richardson led the Mariners with eight rebounds, while adding six points and two assists and Judge added 10 points, four assists, three rebounds, and two steals.
Jason Jones led the Pilgrims with a double-double of 22 points and 21 rebounds, Farrick ended the afternoon with 17 points, three rebounds, and a steal, and Winston-Brooks, Ricky Leonard, and Brenndan Rogers contributed 12 points each for New England College.
The Mariners shot an impressive 51.7 percent from the floor compared to the Pilgrims 44.9 percent, and shot 47.1 percent from beyond the arc, compared to 23.8 percent three-point shooting by NEC.
January 27, 2017 – Colby-Sawyer College 83 – Maine Maritime Academy 56
Last season the Mariners and Chargers met twice, with the Chargers taking both matchups. In the most recent matchup the Chargers defeated the Mariners 83-56 in Castine.
Maine Maritime opened up the game with a 5-0 lead, following a jumper from Nick Judge and a three-pointer by Tyler Thayer but the Chargers fought back, taking an 11-8 lead after a three-point basket from Taylor Grande at 13:23.
Colby-Sawyer built as much as an 18-point lead with 2:16 to go in the half, but the Mariners used a 6-1 run to close the gap to 41-28 entering the intermission. Thayer led the Mariners with 16 points in the first half and Milani Hicks led the Chargers with 13 points.
The Chargers continued to build their lead early in the second half and hung on for the victory.
Thayer led all players with a season-high 25 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal, while Dylan Price and Brendan Newcomb added seven points each. Judge pulled down a team-high six rebounds, to go with two points and a steal.
Jourdain Bell led the Chargers with 23 points, six assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block, Hicks ended the evening with 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks, and Patrick Coffey added 12 points, five rebounds and an assist. Nate Cook chipped in with 11 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals and Dana Bean rounded out the Colby-Sawyer players in double-digits with 10 points, seven rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball fell to Husson University 93-56 on Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Smith Gymnasium.
The Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the opening seconds and never looked back, picking up the 93-56 victory.
Husson's Raheem Anderson led all players with 24 points, while also adding five rebounds, four steals, a pair of assists and a block. DJ Busse added 17 points, three steals and a rebound off the bench and Justin Martin contributed 14 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a block. Kyanti Blyden rounded out the players in double-digits with 12 points, five rebounds, and two assists.
The Eagles shot 49.3 percent from the floor, while the Mariners shot 33.3 percent. Husson also held a 52-28 edge in rebounds.
New England College's Last Game: The New England College men's basketball team outlasted the Beavers of the University of Maine – Farmington on Saturday afternoon, claiming an 82-73 win in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action.
Junior Ricky Leonard scored a game-high 27 points on 10-for-16 shooting from the floor with three three-pointers. Izaiah Winston-Brooks added 11 points, followed by Kareem Octavien with 10 points.
Ten out of the 11 NEC players who saw time in today's win scored.
Freshman Calvin Cheek added to his NCAA Division III-leading steals with seven, bringing his total on the season to 54. He also dished out four assists and scored eight points in the win.
The Beavers had four players score in double-figures, led by Riley Robinson with 18 points. Milani Hicks finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Bill Ruby and Issac Witham scored 15 and 10 points, respectively.
The first half was a defensive, back-and-forth battle that saw 10 lead changes and nine tied scores. Neither team led by more than five points in the first half. The Pilgrims left seven points at the free-throw line, shooting just 8-for-15 from the charity stripe. The Beavers hit nine-of-10 from the free-throw line to aid in their 32-28 halftime lead.
Cheek put the Pilgrims up briefly with a layup and a three pointer on NEC's first two possessions of the second half, but UMF answered with a 12-0 run to lead by 11, 44-33, with 15:47 to play. The Beavers would lead by 10, 51-41, before the pendulum started to swing. NEC went to the line twice to score three points and used steal by Joe Fama into a Leonard fast-break layup to cut the deficit to five points.
With 7:16 to play, a three-pointer by Leonard followed by a steal and layup by Cheek gave the Pilgrims a one-point lead at 58-57. UMF took the lead one more time at the 6:04 mark until a layup by Tiong Bol put NEC up for good with 5:43 to play. NEC built a six-point lead over the next two minutes. With time expiring, the Beavers were forced to foul to regain possession and set NEC to the line five times in the last 1:47.
Colby-Sawyer College's Last Game: The Colby-Sawyer men's basketball team shot 53.9% from the floor and 50% from beyond the arc en route to a 98-46 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) victory over Thomas College.
Colby-Sawyer junior Jourdain Bell led five Chargers that scored double figures with 18 points. Sophomore Patrick Coffey 17 points, all in the first half, on 7-of-7 from the floor. Sophomore Dana Bean added 16 points and three blocks, while freshman Austin Boudreau added 11 points. Freshman Travis Coppinger contributed 10 points in six minutes off the bench.
Thomas' lone double figure scorer was sophomore Zach Mackinnon who scored 11 points. Senior John Morgan led the Terriers with seven rebounds.
The Chargers led 46-17 at the half and then outscored Thomas 52-29 in the second for the final score of 98-46. The Colby-Sawyer defense held Thomas to 27 points below their scoring average of 73.
Colby-Sawyer used a 52-33 advantage on the glass to outscore Thomas 17-2 in second chance points and also scored 24 points off of 17 Terrier miscues.
As a team the Mariners are averaging 64.4 points, 34.2 rebounds and 16.4 assists per game. The team is shooting 39.6 percent from the floor, 30.2 percent from beyond the arc and 64.7 percent from the free throw line.
The Pilgrims: Ricky Leonard leads the Pilgrims with 18.8 points per game, while Izaiah Winston-Brooks averages 16.3 points per game. Jason Jones leads the team with 8.2 rebounds per game and Calvin Cheek averages a team-best 4.5 steals and 4.2 assists per game.
As a team the Pilgrims are averaging 85.1 points, 39.3 rebounds, and 14.8 assists per game. The team is shooting 43.9 percent from the floor, 33.7 percent from beyond the arc 67.6 percent from the line.
The Chargers: Patrick Coffey leads the Chargers with 16.2 points per game, while Dana Bean averages 15.1 points per game while leading the team with 1.5 blocks per game and Jourdain Bell averages 11.7 points per game while leading the team with three steals per game. Nate Trevino leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game and Taylor Grande leads the team with 2.9 assists per game.
As a team the Chargers are averaging 77.5 points, 43.6 rebounds, and 13.2 assists per game. The team is shooting 41.8 percent from the floor, 35.4 percent from three-point land, and 70.7 percent from the line.