Waterville, ME - The University of Maine at Presque Isle Men's Basketball Team (7-9, 1-6 NAC) went to overtime to pull out a 93-82 win in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) game on Wednesday evening against Thomas College (7-10, 4-3 NAC).
After an early back-and-forth, UMPI eventually took control and held a 31-19 lead midway through the first half( on a KJ Minter (Fr. Elkton, MD) jumper on an assist from Eric Anthony (Jr. Baltimore, MD). Thomas quickly closed the gap, outscoring the Owls 21-15 through the rest of the period to get back to within 6 points, 46-40 in favor of UMPI at the halftime break.
The Terriers came out hot in the second, beginning the half on a 9-2 run started by Lovegeurson Fleurine layup to take a 49-48 lead five minutes in. Thomas built their lead to double-digits going up 72-62 with less than seven minutes remaining. UMPI battled back, with Shyquinn Dix (So. Stamford, CT) hitting a last second layup to knott the game at 78 to 78 and forcing overtime.
The Owls kept their momentum going in the extra frame, outscoring Thomas 15-4 as a JahVion Lockridge layup and two Griffin Guerrette (Fr. Presque Isle, ME) free throws kick-started the extra period for UMPI as they went on to the 93 to 82 victory.
Dix led the Owls with 29 points , 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Guerrette scored 25 points while Te'Von Hines (Jr. Woodbridge, VA) and Luke Petersen (So. Perth, Austalia) each added 11 points and Petersen pulled down 5 boards.
For Thomas College, Lovegeurson Fleurine recorded a double-double, leading the Terriers with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Justin Butler added 15 points, five rebounds and three assists off the bench, while Jordon Goodson notched 12 points.
Next up: UMPI travels to MMA this Saturday January 19th for a 2:00PM North Atlantic Conference game.