Bangor, ME – The Owls men's basketball team traveled to Husson University for their first North Atlantic Conference game of the year. The Owls started their conference play vs the Eagles, who were ranked number one in the NAC preseason polls. The Owls took an early lead, and fought off the Eagles runs before eventually losing to Husson by three points, 84-81.
The Owls came out strong in the first five minutes of the game as they lead 15-5 early in the game. The teams continued to battle while the Owls were able to maintain their lead after the first ten minutes of the game, earning their largest lead, up 12 points with just over nine minutes into the first half. A quick run by the Eagles brought them within three going into the half. The Eagles bounced back with a 9-0 run to start the half as they gained their first lead of the game. Despite a 20-point second half by Griffin Guerrette (Presque Isle, ME), Husson continued to increase their lead as the Owls found themselves down 12 points with just 2:28 left in the game.
With the Owls switching their defense to a full court press, with just 2:28 to go, the Owls went on a quick 11-2 run to bring them within three points with just 25 seconds remaining. Dany Harris (Danbury, CT), in those two minutes scored all the Owls 11 points, recorded one block and one steal. With Harris leading, the Owls team forced four turnovers and recorded three steals in those two minutes. Although the Owls put up a tremendous effort late in the game, it was not enough as the Eagles made their free throws down the stretch and came away with the three-point victory.
Harris led all scorers and finished with 32 points off only 16 shots. Shooting 12-16 from the field, 8-9 from the three to go along with his eight rebounds. Guerrette while playing 38 minutes, in which he led the Owls offense, finished with 26 points off 44% shooting and 42% from the three, while going a prefect 7-7 from the free throw line. KJ Minter (Elkton, MD) was a big part in the Owls defense while he battled with their big men in the paint he recorded an 8-point and ten-rebound game off 4-6 shooting.