SUNY Canton and Thomas Advance to NAC Men's Basketball Semifinals

Thomas and SUNY Canton both prevailed in tightly contested quarterfinal games, and will advance to the semifinal round on Friday, February 22, at UMaine-Farmington. The top-seeded Beavers will play No.4 Thomas at 5:30 PM, followed by No. 2 Husson taking on No. 3 SUNY Canton at 7:30 PM.

Semifinal winners will square off for the conference championship on Saturday, February 23, at UMaine-Farmington at 2:00 PM.

The NAC Men's Basketball Champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship.


Quarterfinals • Saturday, February 16
No. 5 Maine Maritime -63  at No. 4 Thomas - 67
No. 6 UMPI - 63 at No. 3 SUNY Canton - 85

Semifinals • Friday, February 22 (at UMaine-Farmington)
No. 4 Thomas (13-12, 9-5) at No. 1 UMaine-Farmington (16-9, 11-3) - 5:30 PM
No. 3 SUNY Canton (14-12, 9-5) at No. 2 Husson (15-10, 11-3) - 7:30 PM

Championship • Saturday, February 23 (at UMaine-Farmington)
Semifinal Winners - 2:00 PM


Game Recaps


#5 Maine Maritime at #4 Thomas

WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College men's basketball team defeated Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) 67-63 in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Quarterfinal round on Saturday afternoon at Larry Mahaney Gym.

The teams stayed even through a low-scoring start, with Thomas holding a 15-13 edge at the 10:52 mark. The Mariners gained their largest lead of the game by going on a 9-0 run over the next three minutes to go ahead 22-15 with 7:40 to go in the half. Thomas pulled it back even at 24-24 at the 4:19 mark, then gained back the lead in the final minutes to go into the half ahead 36-34.

The lead continued to change hands as the back-and-forth play continued deep into the second. Maine Maritime took the lead for the final time at 8:39 when a Mariner layup made it 54-53. Thomas scored eight straight from that point to take their largest lead of the game at 61-54 with 6:16 to go. MMA stayed in and managed to get the score back to 65-63, but a pair of Tyler Nixon free throws late sealed the 67-63 win for Thomas.

Justin Butler scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field and added six rebounds for the Terriers. Zach Mackinnon chipped in 15 off the bench with six rebounds of his own, while Jordan Goodson added 12 points and four steals.

Andrew Liebert led the Mariners with 18 points, and Adam Richardson scored 15 points with six rebounds in the effort. Kimani Anderson chipped in seven rebounds and nine point. The trio combined to hit 13 of 13 free throws.

~Courtesy of Thomas College Sports Information


#6 UMaine Presque-Isle at #3 SUNY Canton

Canton, NY Robert Holliday, Jr. tied a game-high with 24 points as the SUNY Canton men's basketball team outscored visiting UMaine Presque Isle (UMPI) by 24 after intermission in an 85-63 win in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon.

Holliday, Jr. stuffed the stat sheet for the Roos with 24 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Brandon Adkisson finished with 17 points and Jordan Stewart added 15 points. Andrew Fitch recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Shyquinn Dix paced the Owls with 24 points and six assists, while Griffin Guerrette (18) also scored in double figures.

The Roos led 9-5 five minutes in behind six points from Fitch. Canton extended its lead to eight but UMPI used an 8-0 run to tie the game at 13 at the second media time out. The Owls took their first lead at 20-17 following a made three from the left wing from Guerrette. UMPI led by as many as five on multiple occasions, carrying a 26-21 advantage into the final media timeout of the first half.

The hosts battled back to get within two (36-34) at intermission. Guerrette (15) and Dix (13) led the Owls in first-half scoring. Adkisson posted seven points, while Holliday, Jr. and Fitch tallied six each for Canton.

The Roos scored the first six points of the second half to take a 40-36 lead, and took their largest advantage of the game at 47-38 following a jumper from Holliday, Jr. with 15:28 to play. UMPI used a 19-10 run to tie the game at 57-57 heading to the under-8 time out. The Roos used a 9-0 spurt out of the timeout to lead 66-57 following a Holliday, Jr. fast break bucket off a pass from Stewart with 4:37 to play.

Stewart knocked down a three to build the lead to 10 and an UMPI player was whistled for a foul after the basket as the Roos maintained possession. Adkisson knocked down a pair free throws on a 1-and-1 to extend the lead to 12 and convert a five-point possession to seal the victory.

~Courtesy of SUNY Canton Sports Information


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