NEW LONDON, CT – The Coast Guard Academy Bears (5-1) had three players score in double digits and opened up a big lead in the second half to beat the University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (3-5) 73-64.
The two teams matched each other throughout the first half, trading the lead on multiple occasions. Maurice Harris (SO, Miami, FL) hit a three point shot to put the Owls in the lead 20-19 with 3:50 left in the first half. UMPI would go 0-5 from the floor for the rest of the half, and the Bears would capitalize, going on an 8-0 run to end the half with a seven point lead. Coast Guard Academy would open up the second half on fire, going four for four from the three point line, and nine of twelve overall from the field over a seven minute period to open up a 19 point lead. That deficit would be too much to overcome as the Bears would continue their strong shooting performance in the second half, hitting 45.7% of their shots from the floor while converting on nine of twelve from the free throw line. Though the Owls did their part to take care of the basketball, only committing three turnovers on the day, they were not able to match the sharp shooting of their hosts.
Coach Holmes summarized his team's efforts in this weekend's tournament. "Saturday gave a very good physical and mental effort against a good team on their home floor. We had a chance to win, up one late and they [Connecticut College] made some plays to win the game. It was a bit of a deflating loss and as I result I feel as though we came out a bit flat today, didn't have a lot of energy. Unfortunately things snowballed on us today and we weren't able to get back into it against a very good team on their home floor."
Chase Vicaire (SR, Mattawamkeag, ME) would lead all scorers with a twenty point effort. Harris would add 18 points, five rebounds, and four blocks to the Owl's effort. The Bears were led by Kevin Alvarez (SR, Key Biscayne, FL) who would score 18 points. Ethan Boose (SO, New Philadelphia, OH) would record a double-double, scoring 14 points and collecting ten rebounds.
The Owls will return home to face Unity College on Thursday. The game is scheduled to start at 7 PM.