Castine—Maine Maritime Academy hosted the Husson University Eagles on January 9 to a packed house, but with both the men’s and women’s teams coming up short at the buzzer.
Trailing throughout the game, the Mariner women scored eight unanswered points to open up the final quarter, cutting Husson’s lead to 53-38, but the Eagles held on to take the 74-57 victory.
The Mariner men, struggling to stay even throughout most of the game, turned the last minute into a thriller, when Tyler Thayer (Hermon) hit back-to-back free throws and Nick Judge (Cushing) hit a jump shot, edging the Mariners within four points. Husson answered, stretching the lead to five before Brendan Newcomb (Holden) splashed a three with 22 seconds to go, making it a three-point game.
The Eagles answered sharp from the line, making all six of their free throws in the final seconds of the game, to take the 85-79 victory.
Middle school boys teams from Brewer entertained the crowd at the men’s halftime, for Community Day, with Maine Maritime welcoming in students and fans of all ages from Castine and beyond.
Next home games: The Mariner men host Colby on January 19 at 7 p.m. The Mariner women host Green Mountain on January 22 at 5:30 p.m.