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Men's college basketball

Like as Panther, DePatsy hits 1,000 points at MMA

Mariner senior needed 20 points, scored 24 in Nov. 20 victory
By Zack Miller | Nov 21, 2019
Courtesy of: Maine Maritime Athletics Nicholas DePatsy.

Castine — History tends to repeat itself and for Maine Maritime Academy senior Nicholas DePatsy, the Mariner experienced a milestone on the basketball court for the second time in his young life.

Just as he did in his senior court season as a Panther at Medomak Valley High School, DePatsy hit the 1,000-point threshold in the college ranks, as he scored 24 points on Wednesday, Nov. 20 in a 81-58 victory against the University of Maine in Machias.

DePatsy came into his senior season with 952 career points and needed 48 to hit 1,000 for the second time in his life, but the magic number was 20 going into Wednesday night's game, after a team-high 28 points in the season-opener on Saturday, Nov. 16 against York College of Queens, N.Y., which resulted in a 77-74 Mariner victory.

"It happened in the second half with about 12 minutes to go," said DePatsy. "I drove into the lane and made a running right-handed floater.

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"I would say that it’s an awesome feeling scoring 1,000 in college, especially with how competitive college [basketball] is. I’m so glad that I found MMA and was able to step in and play with awesome teammates and coaches. I wouldn’t be in the position I am right now if it wasn’t for my teammates.

"Being able to accomplish scoring 1,000 [points] in high school and college is an even greater feeling. I am so fortunate to have been able to play for two great programs."

Interestingly enough, DePatsy hit 1,000 points against a rival school in UMaine-Machias, just as his 1,000th point as a Panther came against rival Oceanside High School on Dec. 15, 2015 in Rockland.

According to Maine Maritime Athletics, DePatsy became the 13th player in MMA men's basketball history to reach the 1,000-point threshold.

The international and business logistics major's 24 points in Wednesday night's victory was a game-high, and pushed the Mariners to 2-0 on the young season.

In his college hoop career after his most recent game against UMM, DePatsy has averaged 13 points in 33 minutes for the Mariners, while he has shot 43 percent from the field and 41 percent from behind the 3-point arc. DePatsy also holds a 77.9 free-throw percentage.

Including Wednesday's statistics, DePatsy has scored a career-high 33 points for 10th on the program's single-game record board. His nine 3-pointers in a game earlier in his career is first and his 256 treys are also first, as DePatsy passed Newcomb (253 in 98 games from 2014-18).

DePatsy also is second with 616 3-point attempts (Newcomb is first at 726), second in 3-point field goal percentage (.415, 256-of-616), while Jason Wilcox is first (95-of-227 from 1989-91). Additionally, DePatsy is third in minutes played at 2,558.

Of course, barring injury, he will move up the ladder of the program's milestones by the end of his senior season.

Maine Maritime Academy's Nick DePatsy scores 1,000th point of college career.
Maine Maritime Academy's Nick DePatsy scores 1,000th point of men's basketball career Nov. 20 against UMaine Machias. (Courtesy of: Riana Sidelinger)
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