PRESQUE ISLE, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (2-1) fought a tough battle with the Husson University Eagles (2-0) on Tuesday evening. The Eagles would create enough of a gap late to hold on and win by a score of 78-70.
After the Eagles would uncharacteristically turn the ball over in their first two possessions, they would get the evening started with a 10-3 run in the early going to put UMPI in a hole. The Owls would regroup after an early timeout and turn the tables, and a 13-2 run would put UMPI back on top. After the teams traded the lead, UMPI would show glimpses of their strong shooting performances from this past weekend. The host team would build a nine-point lead with just under six minutes to play. Husson would finish the first half strong, however, and a 13-2 run would send the Eagles to the locker room at half with a two-point lead.
The game would remain tight from that point on. Kevin Collins (SR, Fort Washington, MD) would hit a big three-point basket with 14:22 remaining to tie the game, but Husson would respond as Raheem Anderson (SR, Miramar, FL) would hit a three-pointer of his own, reclaiming the lead for the Eagles. The visitors would stretch out a to a seven-point advantage, before the Owls would make another run. After a converted free throw for UMPI, Anthony Chacho (SR, Watertown, CT) hit a shot from behind the arc with 10:43 remaining to pull the Owls to within three. Anderson would be the one to respond again, hitting another shot from deep, and the Owls would be down six. A Wilburn Griffiths (SO, Queens, NY) would ignite the home crowd, but Mitch Worcester (SR, Washburn, ME) and Corey Kaiser (FR, Orlando, FL) would hit three-point shots in consecutive possessions to make the score 63-53 in favor of the Eagles. UMPI would cut the lead to four with just over five minutes to play, but Husson would keep the pressure on from there, and it would be the closest the Owls would get in the second half, as the Eagles would hold on to the eight-point victory.
The Owls would stay efficient offensively, hitting 49% of their shots from the field. Their 3-point percentage would drop off from earlier in the season however, as they would hit nine of 24 attempts. The Eagles took care of the basketball better than their host, as they would turn the ball over just seven times, less than half of the Owls' 15 turnovers. For the first time this season UMPI would win the rebounding battle, 39-35, but Husson would grab 16 of theirs on the offensive end.
Deandre Duncombe (FR, Port St. Lucie, FL) would have a strong showing for the Owls, scoring 23 points and grabbing six rebounds. Collins would add 13 points and five rebounds for the Owls.
Anderson would lead all scorers with 30 points. Worcester would be good for 15 in his return to Aroostook County.
The Owls are in action next on Saturday as they will participate in the Colby College Classic. They will play the host Mules (3-0) at 3 pm.