NEW LONDON, CT – The University of Maine at Presque Isle (3-4) dropped their third straight game with a loss to Connecticut College (3-2) in the opening round of the Camel/Cadet Classic. The 86-79 decision dropped the Owl's win-loss record to below .500 for the first time this season.
As has been the case throughout the current three game skid, a UMPI scoring drought allowed their opponents to go on a run that would prove to be too much to overcome. The Owls held the lead on six different occasions in the first half, and with 6:37 to go before halftime, senior Chase Vicaire (Mattawamkeag, ME) tied the game once again with a jump shot. It would be three and half minutes before U-Maine Presque Isle would hit another field goal, during which time the host Camels would rattle off thirteen points to take a comfortable lead. Maurice Harris (SO, Miami, FL) would knock down three point shots in consecutive possessions to bring life back to the Owl offensive attack, but the road team would find themselves down by ten at the break.
UMPI showed their resiliency again, and were able to start the second half on a 15-5 run to tie the game. Four different Owls would put points on the board in that stretch, showing a true team effort to get back into the game. Vicaire's three point shot with 14:31 remaining in the game gave the Owls their first lead since the middle of the first half. The two teams would match each other blow for blow as the game progressed, with the second half featuring eight lead changes after that point. Junior Kim Collins (Oxen Hill, MD) would hit a jump shot with 2:36 left to give the Owls a 77-76 lead. Unfortunately for UMPI they would experience another one of their offensive cold spells, and the Camels were able to pull away over the next two plus minutes. Kim Collins would lay in the only other field goal for Maine-Presque Isle with just three seconds left in the game, but the host team had put enough distance between the two teams and take an 86-79 victory.
Five Connecticut College players were able to score in the double digits. Tyler Rowe (FR, East Hartford, CT) led the Camels with 15 points, while Sean McNally (SO, Hanover, MA) chipped in 14. Vicaire would lead all scorers in the contest with another excellent shooting performance. His five of eight from behind the arc would help him net 22 points. Kevin Collins (SO, Oxen Hill, MD) added 16 points for the Owls, while Brandon McGill (JR, Hamilton, ME) would also have a strong effort, scoring twelve and pulling down eight rebounds.
The Owls will face the Coast Guard Academy on Sunday afternoon. Tip is scheduled for 4 PM.