WATERVILLE, ME – At the Colby Classic, the University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (2-3) would rally back from a large deficit, but the Montclair State Red Hawks (4-1) would hold on for the win by a final score of 70-60.
The Red Hawks would start the game on a 19-3 run, taking a commanding lead and looking like they would be in control of the game. The Owls would find a way to get their offense started, but Montclair State would continue to roll, claiming a 22-point lead at halftime. The Red Hawks would hit six of nine three-point attempts while shooting 51.9% from the floor to build that sizeable lead.
Both teams would start off slow in the second half, and the Owls would still find themselves down by twenty-three points with just over eleven minutes to play. A 19-2 run by UMPI over the next four minutes would put the Owls back within striking distance, turning up the pressure on their opponents. With just 7:25 remaining, Wilburn Griffiths (SO, Queens, NY) would close the gap to just five points with a layup.
The Red Hawks would respond with a couple of defensive stops, and scoring on three consecutive possessions, but the Owls remained resilient. Three-pointers by Kevin Collins (SR, Fort Washington, MD) and Deandre Duncombe (FR, Port St. Lucie, FL) would once again cut the deficit to five points, this time with just over four minutes to play.
Montclair State would respond again, but Collins would knock down three-pointers on consecutive possessions to make the score 66-60 in favor of the Red Hawks. Time was winding down on the Owls however, and with under a minute left to play UMPI was forced to try to extend the game by putting Montclair State on the free throw line. The Red Hawks were up to the challenge, converting down the stretch, and hanging on for the ten-point victory.
Collins would lead all scorers in the afternoon, hitting five three-pointers and ending with 23 points. Maurice Harris (SR, Miami, FL) would end the game with 11 points, while Anthony Chacho (SR, Watertown, CT) would grab seven rebounds.
The Owls will travel to Machias to take on the Clippers on Thursday evening. That game is scheduled to start at 7 pm. Those two teams met up earlier this year in the Charlie Ryan Classic hosted by Thomas College, with the Owls coming out on top by a score of 85-71.