PRESQUE ISLE, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls and University of Maine at Fort Kent Bengals got in a slugfest in Presque Isle on Wednesday night. The Bengals were able to pull away late in the game and leave with a 74-58 win.
Fort Kent took an early lead and hit two three point baskets in their first two possessions. The Owls were not discouraged and answered back with eight points to take their first lead of the game. The two teams continued to jockey for control of the game as eight lead changes occurred in the first half. UMFK was able to stretch their lead to six at one point, but the Owls were able to fight back and a Brandon McGill (JR, Hamilton, NJ) jumper with five seconds left sent the teams to half with a 37-34 Bengal lead.
The second half started off similar to the first. The two teams continued to trade baskets and it remained a tight affair. With 15:17 left in the game Kim Collins (JR, Oxen Hill, MD) tied the game at 40 with jump shot. Fortunes would change for the Owls, and from that point on their shooting went cold and the Bengals were slowly able to take control of the game. A 15-4 run by the visitors over the next seven plus minutes changed the complexion of the game and the normally high paced offense of the Bengals went in to a slower paced approach to take time off the clock. UMPI would never be able to cut into the lead from that point and Fort Kent would go on to secure the 16 point win on the road.
Joe McCloskey (JR, Howland, ME) led all scorers, scoring 26 points and collecting nine rebounds for the Bengals. Qaadir Ali (JR, South Hayward, CA) also had a good night, scoring 19 points while also grabbing nine rebounds. Jake Rioux (SO, Van Bueren, ME) added 13. For the Owls Kevin Collins (SO, Oxen Hill, MD) would set the pace, scoring 13 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists. McGill would add twelve points on the night.
The Owls will go on the road this weekend for their next contest. They will play the University of Maine at Farmington on Saturday, with the tip scheduled for 2 PM.