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MMA Sports Wrap-up
MMA men’s basketball defeats UMaine Augusta

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The Maine Maritime Academy men’s basketball team defeated the University of Maine at Augusta 78-65 in a non-conference match-up on Tuesday night at Margaret Smith Gymnasium.

The Mariners jumped out to a 41-22 half time lead behind nine first half points from Ben Russell and Andy Ball.

The Mariners shot 39 percent in the opening half and held the Moose to 16.7 percent shooting.

The Moose made a run in the second half, getting to within three points, but MMA went on a late 14-2 run, which included a Paul Campbell three to get the run started that put the game away and secured the victory.

The win improves MMA’s record to 5-5 while the Moose drop to 3-18 on the season.

Mariner women defeat Lyndon Hornets

The Mariner women ran past the Hornets from Lyndon State 81-52 in a North Atlantic Conference match-up on January 15. MMA’s women dished out 30 assists and scored 52 points in transition en route to their eighth win of the season. The match was at MMA’s Margaret Chase Smith Gymnasium.

MMA jumped all over the Hornets in the first half and took a 25-point lead (45-20) into the break after shooting 52 percent in the first 20 minutes. The Mariners used tremendous defensive pressure throughout the course of the game, holding the Hornets to 30.2 percent shooting while forcing 23 turnovers. MMA shot 46.5 percent from the floor and out-rebounded Lyndon 49-34.

MMA improves to 8-5 overall with this win and 2-0 in conference play.

The night before, the MMA women cruised to an 86-32 victory over Johnson State College in both teams’ NAC opener. The Mariners had 30 assists on 35 field goals in that victory.

Men’s Basketball—Lyndon 72-MMA 66

The men didn’t fare as well as the women in their second NAC match-up on January 15 in Castine. The Lyndon Hornets defeated MMA’s men’s basketball team 72-66.

The loss drops the MMA men to 6-6 on the season and 1-1 in the NAC.

There were a few high points for MMA amid the loss: Campbell had his finest game of the season, scoring 32 points and grabbing 10 boards. Shawn Dostie scored 11 while Russell dished out a team-high of six assists.

The men fared better the night before. They held on to a nine-point half time lead and defeated the visiting Badgers from Johnson State, 53-51.

The Mariners won the defensive battle, in which both teams combined for just 36 first half points with MMA holding a 22-12 intermission lead. The Mariners stretched their lead to 12 points with less than five minutes left in the game, but Johnson battled back to get within two points with under a minute to play. The Mariners converted their last four free throws—two by Campbell and two by Dom Drake—to secure the win.

Both teams struggled from the floor with Johnson shooting 35.8 percent and MMA shooting just 34.5 percent. MMA out-rebounded the Badgers 40-38.

Dostie led the Mariners with 13 points while Campbell and Sam Bell had 11 and 12 points respectively. Drake scored eight points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out a game high of six assists.

Cody Camisa led all scorers with 18 points while Rob Key chipped in with 11 points and a game high nine rebounds.

With the win, MMA improves to 6-5 on the year and 1-0 in the NAC while Johnson falls to 3-7 overall and 0-1 in the NAC.

Football’s Bower chosen as “Offensive Football Player of the Year”

Senior fullback Jim Bower continues to triumph even though football season is over. The Eastern College Athletic Conference named Bower 2010’s “Offensive Football Player of the Year” for Division III North.

Bower, Division III’s rushing leader, directed the Mariners to an 8-3 mark this year. He had a record-breaking season, ending the year with Maine Maritime’s single-season rushing record of 1,916 yards while scoring 20 touchdowns. His 6,060 career-rushing yards total is good for all-time sixth place in Division III history.