Presque Isle, ME – The UMPI men's basketball team hosted North Atlantic Conference opponent Northern Vermont – Lyndon in their second game of the back to back weekend. Yet another close game for the Owls ended in some late defensive stops to seal the victory for UMPI 98-97.
Some great offensive play by both teams early led to a high scoring first half as both teams shot over 55% from the field. Zach Falkenburg led the Hornets early with 16 first half points, while Griffin Guerrette (So. Presque Isle, ME) finished the first half with 13 points off 6-8 shooting and Shyquinn Dix (Jr. Stamford, CT) with 14 points off 7-12 shooting and five rebounds. UMPI would lead by six at the end of the first half, 52-46.
Te'Von Hines (Sr. Alexandria, VA) came to life in the second half, with 17 points off 7-10 shooting and 3-4 from the three. Chris Brown (So. Port St. Lucie, FL) also came up big off the bench with 11 points off 50% shooting. The Hornets continued to answer, led by Damon Denteh's 17-point second half and Kyle Cary's second half double-double, 12 points and ten rebounds in his 18 minutes.
With the Owls up 94-81 with four minutes to go in the game the Hornets went on a quick 6-0 run after back to back and ones by Denteh and Falkenburg. The Owls fouled once again with 2:40 to go, as the lead fell to just five. A big bucket by DeAndre Duncombe (Jr. Port St. Lucie, FL) was answered immediately with four more points by the Hornets and giving them a one point lead with two minutes to go.
Down by one with a minute to go in the game Wilburn Griffith (Sr. Queens, NY) came up with a huge offensive rebound and put back to give the Owls a one point lead with 50 seconds to go. A turnover by the Hornets led to a missed shot by UMPI. Duncombe contained a fast break attempt by the Hornets, leading to a jump ball, Lyndon's ball with 1.5 seconds to go in the game. The Owls great out of bounds defense led to a tough shot at the end of regulation, leading to the Owls victory.
Hines would finish with a game high 24 points off 10-16 shooting from the field, 4-6 from three, seven rebounds, six assists and only one turnover in 34 minutes. Dix finished with 19 points off 50% shooting, to go along with his seven rebounds and five assists. Guerrette finished with 15 points on 7-12 shooting, while Duncombe finished with 14 points. Brown came off the bench with a huge 17 points off 7-13 shooting.
The Owls will head to Maine Maritime Academy on Wednesday the 5th at 7:30PM.