Lions Edge Mariners

Lions Edge Mariners

CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball fell to Eastern Nazarene College 66-65, on Thursday afternoon in non-conference action inside of Smith Gymnasium.

How it Happened: After a closely contested opening four minutes, the Mariners took a seven-point lead at 12:56. A three-point play by Malachi Reincke (Houston, Texas) put the Mariners up by nine (27-18) at 6:55, but the Lions began to chip away at the deficit and took a 35-34 lead with 1:56 remaining. Kimani Anderson (Houston, Texas) made a layup and a free throw to send the Mariners into halftime with a 37-35 edge.

Reincke led the Mariners with 12 points in the first half, on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor, while Noah Cheney led the Lions with 10 points.

The Lions came out strong in the second half, outscoring the Mariners 12-2 in the opening 3:30 of play. Eastern Nazarene held a slight lead until Maine Maritime tied things up (59-59) at 6:30 following an 11-2 run, highlighted by five points from Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine).

The Mariners took a 63-61 lead on a Reincke layup with 3:43 remaining, but the Lions answered right back with a Garrett Crandell basket on their next possession. Chaney added a free throw to give Eastern Nazarene a slight 64-63 lead, and the Mariners came up empty on the other side of the court. Ricky Shearman hit a pair from the line to make it 66-63 with 29 seconds to go, and despite a last-second basket from Riley Jorgenson (Vienna, Va.) the Lions hung on for the 66-65 victory.

Inside the Numbers: Reincke led the Mariners with a career-high 17 points, and added six rebounds, three steals and an assist off the bench. Anderson ended the afternoon with 13 points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block, while Jorgenson contributed 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals and DePatsy chipped in with 10 points, a team-high seven rebounds an assist, a steal and a block.

Cheney led the Lions with a game-high 19 points, three rebounds, three steals, and two assists, while Crandell added 15 points, six rebounds, an assist and a steal and Jacob Waldroop tallied 13 points, four steals, three assists and a rebound. Shearman rounded out the players in double-figures with 11 points, a game-high eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

The Mariners shot 51.0 percent from the floor and 25.0 percent from beyond the arc, while the Lions shot 39.4 percent overall and 21.4 percent from three-point land. The Lions held a slight 35-33 advantage in rebounds. Maine Maritime committed 24 turnovers, while the Lions only turned the ball over 16 times.

Up Next: Maine Maritime falls to 2-6 with the loss, while Eastern Nazarene improves to 4-7 overall. The Mariners return to action tomorrow when they host #17 Colby College for another non-conference matchup at 3:00 pm inside of Smith Gymnasium.