FARMINGTON, Maine – Green Mountain College men's basketball lost another tight game in the back end of its back-to-back North Atlantic Conference (NAC) games in Maine this weekend losing to University of Maine at Farmington, 73-71 at Dearborn Gymnasium on Saturday.
With the win, the Beavers move to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the NAC, while the Eagles slide to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
Green Mountain opened the game trading baskets with the Beavers and the contest remained tied at 15-15 through the 12 minute mark. A 12-2 run through the next five minutes allowed the visiting Eagles to build a 10-point lead. Darius Wynn accounted for five of the points during the run.
The Eagles would lead by as many as 13 in the opening frame, but would take a 10-point lead into the break. Thomas Brown scored a game-high 16 points through the first half, with Patrick Rittmon scoring six and Wynn with five.
The Beavers made a game of it to open the second half scoring the first seven points to narrow the deficit to 38-35 with less than three minutes having expired forcing the Eagles to call a timeout.
The teams continued to trade baskets over the next minute and a half until the Eagles' Pierce Weatherspoon connected on a pair of free throws and then threw down a dunk at the 16:00 minute mark to push the lead back to seven, 44-37.
The Beavers continued to chip away at the lead and at the 13:15 mark regained the lead 52-50 on a made three-pointer by Riley Robinson. The hosts would grow the lead to seven until the Eagles took their turn at reducing the deficit.
GMC got the lead to within one at 66-65 with three minutes to play after Brown hit a three-pointer from deep. On the ensuing possession, Brown stole the ball but the Eagles could not convert a layup to regain the lead and would not get as close the rest of the way, despite a Rittmon three-pointer at the buzzer.
The Beavers continued to demonstrate they are one of the better shooting teams in the NAC, posting a 47.5 mark from the field while the Eagles shot just 41 percent from the floor. The two major differences in the game were the hosts' ability to find the open man and the production they received from their reserves, 23 points to just seven for the Eagles.
Brown led all scorers with 32 points hitting on 12-of-20 attempts, including a 6-for-10 performance from beyond the arc. Rittmon hit for 14 points while Kenneth Parker led all players with 10 rebounds in addition to his four points, two steals and two blocks.
Next up for the Eagles will be a road contest on Thursday at Lyndon State with the game scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start.