CASTINE, Maine – The Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball team defeated Curry College on Saturday afternoon, 81-39 in the final game of the Mariner Holiday Classic, inside of Smith Gymnasium. The Mariners improve to 3-7 overall while the Colonels fall to 1-9.
Curry jumped out to a 6-2 lead following back-to-back threes from Jared Thorpe-Johnson (Dorchester, Mass.) and Luke Schreiner (Breezy Point, N.Y.). The teams exchanged threes before the Mariners went on a 12-2 run, capped off by two three-pointers by Brendan Newcomb (Holden, Maine), to take a 17-11 lead with 10:41 remaining. Maine Maritime outscored the Colonels 17-11 in the remainder of the first half to take a 34-22 lead into the intermission.
A jump shot from Nick Judge (Cushing, Maine), followed by six-consecutive points from Tyler Thayer (Hermon, Maine) sparked a 14-4 run by the Mariners. Maine Maritime held Curry to just six points during the final 10:25 of play, leading by as much as 45 points, to cruise to the 81-39 victory.
Maine Maritime shot 54.9 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Colonels 30-21. The Mariners also shot 54.5 percent from three-point land.
Judge led the Mariners with 21 points, on 6-of-7 shooting and a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point land, while also tallying two rebounds, two steals, and a block. Thayer ended the afternoon with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting and dished out a team-high seven assists while also tallying five rebounds.
Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) scored 15 points on all three-point baskets, five rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block and Dylan Stevens (Wells, Maine) rounded out the Mariners in double-digits with 11 points, a team-high five steals, two rebounds, and an assist. Sam Meklin (Rockland, Maine) led the team with eight rebounds and three blocks.
Thorpe-Johnson led the Colonels with nine points, two rebounds, and an assist and James Pina (Warwick, R.I.) added eight points, five rebounds, two steals, an assist, and a block.
Curry returns home for their next contest as they are set to host Salve Regina on Tuesday, January 3 at 7:30 p.m. Maine Maritime returns to action on Wednesday, January 4, when they host the University of Southern Maine at 4:00 pm.
(Game Recap Courtesy of Maine Maritime Academy Sports Information)