Bangor, ME – The UMPI Owls men's basketball team took on the Husson Eagles in their second game of the back to back NAC games. The Owls slow start would put too far behind, despite late game comeback, eventually losing 71-63.
The Eagles led by 14 after the first half, as the Owls started the game 0-8 from three and shooting 27% from the field. The Owls second half defense led them to a huge comeback, once again despite their shooting struggles. A 10-2 run early in the half, followed by a 13-0 run brought the lead to just six points with under seven minutes remaining.
A made bucket by KJ Minter (So. Elkton, MD) and a transition lay-up by Parker Onorato (So. Bath, ME) brought the lead to just two with five minutes remaining. Six late game points by Justin Thompson brought the lead back up to seven points with just three minutes remaining, as the Owls late game run was not enough.
The Owls late game comeback was a full team effort that was led by the tremendous effort of Minter, playing all 20 minutes of the second half. Finishing the game with 11 rebounds and six points in his 32 minutes. DeAndre Duncombe (Jr. Port St. Lucie, FL) came alive with 11 of his team high 19 points came in the second half off of 7-15 shooting. TeVon Hines (Sr. Alexandria, VA) also came up big for the Owls, with his 13 points off 5-10 from the field and a perfect 3-3 from the free-throw line. Onorato finished with a perfect 4-4 from the field and some great late game defense to help the Owls run.
The Owls will head to New York to take on SUNY Canton in another two-day double header on Friday and Saturday.