Bangor, ME --- University of Maine at Presque Isle used a 56 point second half to blow out the University of Maine at Augusta Wednesday night on the Eastern Maine Community College campus. The big second frame was led by freshman guard Chase Vicaire (Fr./Mattawamkeag, ME) who dropped 20 points in 11 minutes. The Owls shot 81% from 3pt range in the second half on 9-11 shooting and 79% from the field on 23-29 shooting.
Maine-Presque Isle improved to 4-3 overall, while Maine-Augusta fell to 4-7.
Maine-Augusta kept it close in the first half, only down 14 at the half, thanks in part to 9 points from 6'6 sophomore Andrew Pullen, . The Owls were their own worst enemies at times, settling for jump shots at the end of the first half instead feeding the ball inside to Patrick Manifold (Sr./Great Yarmouth, UK), who was the Moose had no answer for all night. Despite the lack of attention, Manifold still managed 15 first half points including his 1000th career tally on a thunderous one-handed dunk.
After the play, the horn sounded while a somewhat confused Manifold was informed of the accomplishment by UMPI head coach Jim Casciano, and congratulated by his teammates.
"The moment's after I scored my 1000th point was one of the best feelings I've ever had playing the game of basketball. My teammates, coaches and loved ones made it really special. I've been told it's quite rare to get 1000+ points and 500+ rebounds in American college basketball so I feel very grateful for the opportunity to have achieved this. I want to thank all of my teammates and coaches from the last 4 years for all of their support, I could not have done it without them," said Manifold when asked about the accomplishment.
The Owls then pulled away from the over matched Moose in the second half.
Presque Isle had 30 assists on 37 made field goals, with Gerardo Vazquez (Sr./Houston, TX)accounting for 10 of these assists in only 23 minutes on the floor. Michael Warner (Jr./Norwich, UK) continued his good play with 19 points on 5-8 from three point range.
The Owls will play next on Wednesday, December 5th against UMaine-Fort Kent. That game will start at 7:30pm and be played in Fort Kent, ME.