Maine-Presque Isle came back storming from a three-week game break, taking the opening game of the Can/Am Shootout against host New Brunswick-St. John, 76-63 Saturday evening.
Both teams showed some rust in the early going, and midway through the first half the game was knotted at 18-18. The Owls enjoyed freshman Maurice Harris' (pictured) punishment of the boards in the early going, and they got key baskets from freshman Kevin Collins.
Maine-Presque Isle was able to distance itself from the Seawolves with defensive disruptions on the part of Collins and freshman Trevor Lovely. Collins ended the game with 7 steals. Due to the defense, the Owls enjoyed a 39-23 half-time advantage.
Harris continued to assault the offensive glass, and managed several put-backs on his way to a team-high 21 points. Sophomore Nick Lenhard, adjusting to the international 24-second shot clock, found several teammates in transition for easy scores. Lenhard dished out 4 assists on the game.
Nick Huggard for New Bruswick-St. John connected on two three in the second half to try to trim down the margin, but Maine-Presque Isle was consistent on both ends of the floor and cruised to the double-digit win.
The Owls will have to turn around tomorrow and play again, this time against Canadian opponent Crandall University. Tip is set for 11 a.m. Eastern time.