Castleton State Squeaks Past MMA Men, Women

CASTINE — The Maine Maritime Academy Mariners split a pair of North Atlantic Conference games and the Lady Mariners fell in their only outing in basketball action at MMA’s Smith Gymnasium last weekend.

On Friday, the Mariner men notched their second win of the campaign, netting four of six free throws in the final 64 seconds to down Green Mountain College 73-67.

Ben Russell led a trio of double-figure scorers for the Mariners with 23 points. Paul Campbell had 13 and Andy Ball added 12 for MMA.

With the score knotted at 37-all at halftime, the Mariners opened the second half with a 13-2 run, building a 54-41 lead.

But the Eagles answered with a 15-5 run of their own, closing the gap to 59-56 with just under nine minutes to go.

The Mariners pushed the lead to 67-58 with three free throws by Ball, but the Eagles cut the margin to 69-67 before MMA iced the win with the last-minute foul shots.

A day later, the Castleton State College Spartans rallied from a 47-44 halftime deficit to down the Mariners 91-71 as Logan White scored 30 points to lead the way.

Russell again paced the Mariners with 18 points, Cambell added 16, Ball had 14 and Logan Poirier hit 13.

The first half was a seesaw battle that saw the lead change hands five times in the last six minutes before Russell hit a three-pointer and Ball scored on a layup to put MMA up at halftime.

The Mariners kept things close in the opening moments of the second half, but Castleton outscored MMA 29-9 over the final 13 minutes.

The MMA men, 2-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play, will host the University of Maine – Presque Isle on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Women’s basketball

The Lady Mariners saw their record evened at 3-3 as The Castleton State Spartans withstood a late MMA surge to claim a 50-47 win on Saturday.

Jade Desroches scored a game-high 13 points for the unbeaten Spartans (8-0).

Casey Everest and Leah Jackson of Dedham led the way for the Lady Mariners with 12 points each and Jackson pulled down 12 rebounds.

After the seventh tie of the game with 6:09 to go in the second half, the Spartans scored six unanswered points to take the lead for good.

Courtney Dufour hit a pair of free throws to slice the lead to 47-45 with 57 seconds to go.

Meghan O’Sullivan hit a jumper for the Spartans 10 seconds later, but MMA’s Alexis Bennett again sliced the lead to two, hitting a pair of foul shots with 16 seconds remaining.

The Spartans added a free throw and the Lady Mariners missed two shot attempts in the final 10 seconds.

The Lady Mariners will be idle until after Christmas when they travel to Key Largo, Fla., for the Key Largo Classic Dec. 30 and 31.

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