FARMINGTON, ME – Some hard-nosed defense and a good shooting afternoon propelled the University of Maine at Presque Owls (2-1) to a 63-40 victory at the University of Maine at Farmington on Saturday afternoon (0-2).
The Beavers took an early lead as the Owls looked for a rhythm on offense. Despite opening up a five point lead, UMF missed opportunities to put more pressure on the Owls, missing several point-blank range shots, as well as other looks. With 13:09 remaining in the first half, Maurice Harris (SO, Miami, FL) hit a 3-point shot, and minutes later Chase Vicaire (SR, Mattawamkeag, ME) tied the game at eleven. A quick answer from the home team put the Beavers back on top, but UMPI would get hot from there. A dunk from Brandon McGill (JR, Hamilton, NJ) on a beautiful alley-oop pass from Nick Lenhard (JR, Falcon, CO) would spark a 12-2 Owl run that was capped off by two Vicaire three pointers. UMPI would take a lead they would not relinquish. Farmington would recover and make it a 23-21 game, but a nine to two run to end the half would send the Owls to the locker room up 32-23.
The UMPI defense really stepped up in the second half and made things difficult for the home team. It would be almost four minutes before Farmington would get on the board, and the Owls would go on a 14-4 run for the first eight minutes of the second half. The Owls defense would not relent, holding the Beavers to just 6-24 (25%) from the floor in the second half, allowing them to cruise to a 63-40 victory on the rotad. Head Coach Mike Holmes was pleased with his team's defensive effort after the game. "The second half was indicative of exactly how we want to play. We never gave up an easy look at the rim, we communicated, and we helped our defense with grinding offensive possessions that made their scorers work."
Vicaire would lead all scorers with 17 points on a three of five effort from three point distance. Maurice Harris would tally a double-double, scoring twelve points and grabbing ten rebounds. Kevin Collins (SO, Oxen Hill, MD) would add twelve points of his own. Nick Hilton (SR, Wilton, ME) would pace the Beavers with 15 points.
The Owls continue their seven game road stretch with a trip to Central Maine Community College on Tuesday. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 PM.