CASTINE — Ian Mileikis scored 27 points and Darian Berry added 20 to lead St. Joseph’s College to an 82-75 victory against Maine Maritime Academy in a season-opening nonconference men’s basketball game Wednesday night.

The Monks, trailing by two at the half, took a 48-46 lead when Quinn Richardson-Newton flicked in a layup 3:57 into the second half.

St. Joesph’s slowly widened the lead over the ensuing seven minutes, taking a 66-56 advantage on Mileikis’ 3-pointer with 8:40 left.

The Mariners rallied within one, using six points from Nick Judge and four from Tyler Thayer to outscore the Monks 14-5 and pull to 71-70 with three minutes to play.

St. Joseph’s then countered, closing out the game on an 11-5 run by combining 7-of-9 foul shooting with a field goal each from Mileikis and Berry. Mario Nery sank four of the clinching free throws and Jack Casale two.

Aaron Hall finished with 11 points for the Monks. Adam Richardson led the Mariners with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Judge and Nick Depatsy added 15 ponts each and Thayer scored 13.


ST. JOSEPH’S 80, MAINE MARITIME MARITIME 53: Julia Champagne scored 19 points to lead a balanced St. Joseph’s offense in a mutual opener at Castine.

Kelsi McNamara and Emily Benway added 17 and 16 points respectively, and Regan McFerran and Julia Quinn each dropped in 10 points for the Monks. Alayne Felix led Maine Maritime with 16 points.

St. Joseph’s, ahead 20-16 after one quarter, used a 9-0 run late in the second to open a 36-23 lead. Champagne had seven of the nine points.

Melinda Ogden hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer for the Mariners to cut the lead to 36-26 at the half.

Benway scored eight points in the third quarter as the Monks upped their lead to 61-42 before outscoring Maine Maritime 19-11 in the fourth.