Mariners Withstand Eagles Charge



POULTNEY, Vt. — The visiting Maine Maritime Mariners turned back a furious second half charge by the Green Mountain College Eagles to pick up a hard-fought 57-43 victory in North Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action Friday Night. MMA improves to 5-9 (1-3, NAC) while GMC drops to 4-8 on the season and 1-2 in the NAC.

The visitors came out of the gates firing, grabbing an early 14-7 advantage on the back of a trio of consecutive three-pointers by sophomore guard Tyler Pineo (Corinth). The Mariners continued to pull away and grabbed their largest lead of the half at 13 on a layup by Shawn Dotsie (Bowdoinham). GMC cut the lead to 10 with 1:31 left in the half and headed to locker room trailing 24-14.

The Eagles were held to 20.7 percent shooting in the half and were 0-for-4 from the charity stripe while the Mariners shot 32.1 percent including a 6-for16 effort from beyond the arc. Pineo lead MMA in the opening 20 minutes, dropping 15 of his team-high 21 points.

The Mariners stayed in control of the contest, leading by 12 with just over 10 minutes remaining, before the Eagles went on a 13-2 run, closing the gap to a single point at 39-40. Rui Carmo (Cape Coral, FL) and Trent Morgan (Streetsboro, OH) spurred the Eagle run with 5 points each.

MMA responded immediately rattling off the next nine points and putting the game out of reach.

The Eagles shot only 27.6 percent for game and went 5-for-29 from beyond the arc and were outrebounded 53-44 by MMA.

Pineo’s 21 points were a team-high while Dotsie recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 boards. Ben Russell (Farmington) chipped in with 11 points and six assists for the Mariners.

Carmo dropped a game-high 22 points for the Eagles while junior Gerard Johnson (Binghamton, NY) grabbed 20 boards and swatted a pair of shots in the losing effort.

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