PRESQUE ISLE, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle hosted more NCAA basketball on Sunday as the University of New Brunswick-St. John faced off against the University of Maine-Fort Kent and the Owls of UMPI.
Game 5 – Women's Basketball – UMFK (12-3) def. UNB-St. John (2-6) 75-31
The early going looked as though the game was going to be a battle as both teams fought to take control. With 3:42 left in the first quarter, the Bengals held a slim 8-7 lead before going on a 15-2 run to build a lead. UMFK would break the game wide open in the second quarter, shooting 52.9% from the field, and go into the locker room with a 28 point half time lead. The third quarter was more of the same, and the Bengals would cruise to a 44 point victory.
Romanalyn Inocencio (JR, Oakland, CA) would score 21 points and have nine assists, falling just short of a double-double. Danielle Carrillo (SR, Mendota, CA) would also score 21. Erick Saucier (SR, Warren, ME) added 15 points, seven rebounds, and five steals, while Samantha Carapellucci (SR, Fort Kent, ME) would tally 12 points and 16 rebounds.
Kelsey Simon (FR, Fredricton, NB) would lead the Seawolves with 11 points.
Game 6 – Men's Basketball – UMFK (13-8) def. UNB-St. John (2-7) 82-54
After the Bengals jumped out to a modest lead to start the game, the Seawolves fought back and a three point basket by Steve Ryan (SO, Mount Pearl, NL) would give them their first lead of the game with 15 minutes left in the first half. The Bengals would get hot from that point on, and go on a 28-7 run and take control of the game going into the half. UNB-St. John's offense would get back on track in the second half, but the deficit was too much to overcome and the Bengals would win big.
Jake Rioux (SO, Van Buren, ME) would lead all scorers with 19 points off the bench. Qaadir Ali (SR, South Hayward, CA) would add twelve, and Konstantinos Koustas (SO, Rhodes, Greece) scored eleven points for the Bengals. Ben Tait (FR, Quispamsis, NB) and Matt Brown (FR, St. John, NB) scored ten apiece for the Seawolves.
Game 7 – Women's Basketball – UMPI (1-11) def. UNB-St. John (2-7) 50-47
The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls got off to a fast start and held on at the end to secure their first win of the season.
The UNB-St. John Seawolves went eight minutes without scoring to start the game and the Owls were able to take advantage, jumping out to a 13 point lead. Once the Seawolves got their offense started, they were able to cut into the lead, but UMPI took a five point lead into the locker room at the half.
The biggest lead for the Owls in the second half would be a mere eight points, which they held once, as the UNB-St. John team fought hard to stay in the game. UMPI looked as though they were going to be able to run the time off the clock and hold on to the lead, but a costly late turnover gave the Seawolves the ball trailing by three with 11.1 seconds left. They would elect to attack the rim and convert on a layup, closing the game to within one. The Owls' Kylee Alton (JR, Burnham, ME) would be fouled with 3.6 seconds left and sent to the line. She would hit both free throws and the Seawolves last second three point attempt fell short, sealing the first win of the season for the Owls.
Amanda Hotham (JR, Fort Fairfield, ME) would lead the Owls with a double-double, scoring 14 points and collecting 17 rebounds. Brianna Losee (SO, Pittsfield, ME) would add 13 pionts and seven rebounds, while Alton would finish with 12 points and six rebounds. The Seawolves' Megan Baisley (SO, Quispamsis, NB) would lead all scorers 16 points and six rebounds.
Game 8 – Men's Basketball – UMPI (6-7) def. UNB-St. John (2-8) 73-43
The Owls were able to stretch out a lead late in the second half to take care of a road-weary Seawolves team.
The Owls used their 48.5% shooting from the floor to extend a lead in the first, and looked like they might be able to take control of the game early on. UNB-St. John would use a 14-6 run to close to within three, and with 4:29 remaining in the half they would find themselves down just one, at 27-26. UMPI would not surrender their lead, regain their composure and the game would go to the halftime break with the Owls leading 37-30.
The Seawolves would cut the lead to six a few minutes into the second half, but four games in two days would catch up to UNB-SJ. UMPI would slowly build their lead throughout the second half. The Owls would continue their solid shooting, hitting 46.9% of their shots in the second half, and stepped up their defensive pressure, holding the Seawolves to just 13 points in the second half to cruise to the victory, their third straight.
Maurice Harris (SO, Miami, FL) would lead all scorers with 16 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Chase Vicaire (SR, Mattawamkeag, ME) and Anthony Chacho (SO, Watertown, CT) would score 15 points and collect six rebounds apiece, while Brandon McGill (JR, Hamilton, NJ) would add 12 points. Jarred Crawford (SR, Quispamsis, NB) would lead the Seawolves with nine points.