The UMPI Owls traveled 500 miles to compete in the Citizens Bank Tournament in New London, Connecticut this weekend and in game one, the effects of that travel appeared to hamper the Blue & Gold from competing with co-host Connecticut College, losing 91-61.
The home standing Camels started the game with a 10-0 run that ballooned out to a 44-30 half-time lead for Connecticut College, despite 11 points in the first stanza from Owls senior captain Michael Warner. Warner connected on 3 long range bombs from beyond the arc in the first half, but only freshman Sean Manganti, adding 7 points, could muster more than a single field goal for the travel weary squad from Presque Isle.
The Owls quickly showed some fight after the halftime talk from new UMPI Baseball Coach Mike Pankow, subbing for veteran head coach Jim Casciano, who was home fighting his own battle with a flu that had limited Casciano's contact with his team much of the week. The Owls scored the first 4 points of the second half to cut the Camel Lead to 10, at 44-34, but the Owls just could never get their collective foothold to make a serious comeback attempt.
Connecticut College continued to pull away and went on a 7-0 run midway through the second half to take complete control of the game with a 68-44 lead with 10:30 to play in the game. The Camels enjoyed a 60-30 rebounding advantage against the Owls and has 26 second-chance points off of 22 offensive rebounds for the game.
Warner was the only Owl in double figures, finishing with 22 points including five treys and 5 boards. Freshman Thiago Conceicao added 9 points and 5 rebounds for UMPI.
UMPI (2-4) will next play St, Joseph's of NY (2-4) at 2pm Sunday in the consolation game of the Tournament. St. Joseph's lost earlier in the day to the Coast Guard Academy 72-59.