UTICA — The North Country Community College Saints should have a good appetite for the Thanksgiving Day meal.
The Saints, rebounding from their first loss of the season, defeated Mohawk Valley Community College 86-79 to wrap up the pre-holiday men’s basketball schedule.
“We wanted to leave the weekend with a split and go home for Thanksgiving 6-1. This way the turkey should taste pretty good,” joked NCCC Coach Chad LaDue.
“It would have been nice to go unbeaten, but any time you can go on the road to Herkimer and Mohawk and come away with a split you have to be pretty happy.”
The Herkimer Generals pinned an 88-70 loss on the Saints on Saturday.
A determined NCCC club led Sunday’s game from start to finish, opening a 40-29 lead by halftime and then holding Mohawk Valley safe the second half.
“We shared the ball extremely well today,” LaDue pointed out. “Steve Carder (28 points, 12 rebounds) played very well and Jared Heden hit five 3’s for us.
“We had guys step up. Steven Poulter (8 of his 13 points) in the first half and Brody Douglass (10 of 12 in the second half) who dealt with a little foul trouble, but helped to take over the game down the stretch.”
Heden finished with 23 points, giving the Saints two with 20 or more on the day. He joined Michael Boyea with five assists.
Alexshay Pearce tallied 21 points to lead Mohawk Valley (4-3).
North Country returns to action a week from Tuesday against Jefferson Community College in Watertown.
North Country 86, Mohawk Valley 79
North Country CC (86)
Boyea 1-2-4, Douglass 5-2-12, Poulter 3-4-13, Heden 7-4-23, Carder 10-8-28, Henderson 2-0-6, Mills 0-0-0, Grcic 0-0-0, Patraw 0-0-0. Totals 28-20-86.
Mohawk Valley (79)
Brown 2-1-5, Pierre-Louis 3-2-8, Pinnock 3-5-11, Martinez 1-2-4, Pearce 7-1-21, Harley 3-2-10, Quarles 1-0-2, Williams 0-0-0, Campbell 2-2-6, Barlow 1-0-2, Burton 1-0-2, Lewis 2-4-8. Totals 26-19-79.
Halftime: NCCC, 40-29
3-point goals: NCCC (10) Poulter 3, Heden 5, Henderson 2. MVCC (8) Pearce 6, Harley 2.
Maine, Augusta 88
Paul Smith’s 76
AUGUSTA, Me. — The University of Maine, Augusta took advantage of Paul Smith’s College’s sluggish start to open an early lead and then went on to defeat the Bobcats 88-76 in men’s basketball Saturday night.