NEW LONDON, CT - The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (5-6) would take down the Connecticut College Camels (5-6) by a score of 74-60 on Saturday afternoon.
After the Camels would take an early 4-2 lead the Owls would be sparked by the hot shooting of Anthony Chacho (SR, Watertown, CT), who would hit three-point baskets on consecutive possessions that would give the Owls a lead they would never relinquish. The Owls would remain hot throughout the first half, extending their lead to 19 on two seperate occasions. A Kevin Collins (SR, Fort Washington, MD) three-pointer would give the Owls a 40-22 point lead at the half. UMPI would hit eight shots from behind the arc in the first half to help build their lead.
The Owls would extend to a 21-point lead in the second half before Conn. College would change the momentum. An 11-0 run would make the score 48-38 in favor of UMPI with 12:48 remaining. Maurice Harris (SR, Miami, FL) would knock down a three-point shot that would get the Owls back on track offensively, and the host Camels would never cut the lead to single-digits. UMPI would stay in control to take the 14-point victory.
"We came out of the gate with great concentration and confidence," said Head Coach Dan Kane. "Our bigs played great post defense and limited Conn. College's scoring opportunities." Kane continued to praise the Owl's defensive effort. The Camles came into the game averaging 77 points per game, and were limited to just 60 in the contest.
The Owls would shoot 48.2% from the floor, including 11 of 26 from behind the arc. Deandre Duncombe (FR, Port St. Lucie, FL) would lead with 19 points and five rebounds. Harris would record a double-double, finishing with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Chacho and Kevin Collins would chip in 12 points apiece.
The Owls pick up again in the new year when they host New Brunswick-St. John on January 6th and 7th.