PRESQUE ISLE, ME – The number 12 USCAA Division 2 ranked University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (11-9) hosted the number five ranked Central Maine Community College Mustangs (16-7) Saturday afternoon. The Owls would come away with a key victory and season sweep of the Mustangs, winning by a score of 73-57.
The Owls would honor their lone senior, Chase Vicaire from Mattawamkeag, ME. Chase has been a key player for the Owls, and has been the leading scorer for three seasons, including the current one. Chase recently reached the 1,000 point scoring plateau and is continually lauded by the coaching staff for his hard work on the defensive end.
After falling behind 6-2 in the early going UMPI would score 13 unanswered points and take a lead they would never relent. The Mustangs would be able to trim the Owls' lead to five on two separate occasions, but both times UMPI would respond with a run of their own, and eventually stretch out to an insurmountable lead in the second half.
The Owls were efficient throughout the game, hitting 45.1% of their shots. They would also bury the Mustangs from the free throw line, converting on 24 of 33 attempts. Twelve steals would help force 18 turnovers, and the Owls would make their case to climb the USCAA rankings.
Carrington Miller (JR, Bingham, ME) would carry the Mustangs' offensive effort, scoring 18 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
The Owls will have another opportunity to state their case for the USCAA National Championship on Tuesday, as they host the number seven ranked University of Maine at Machias. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30. Tuesday is also "Think Pink" night. At those games UMPI Athletics will be raising funds and awareness to help fight cancer.