RANDOLPH CENTER, VT – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (2-8) would get a fourth quarter push to propel themselves past the Vermont Tech Knights (3-11) on Tuesday afternoon. The Owls would end up winning by a final score of 65-55.
It was the Knights that took an early advantage in the contest as the Owls struggled in the opening period, turning the ball over nine times and shooting just two of 11 from the floor. After being down five going into the second period, UMPI made the necessary adjustments and tied the game up quickly. The two teams looked evenly matched, with neither one taking a distinct advantage. The Knights would hold a slim 27-24 lead at the half.
The third quarter would look similar to the second, as both teams traded turns taking the lead. Vermont Tech would get a jumper to fall in their last possession of the third quarter to claim a two-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Owls would fall behind by four in the early going of the final period, but would swing the momentum in their favor with seven and a half minutes to play. The UMPI defense would step up their intensity, and not allow the Knights to convert a field goal for 4 minutes and 27 seconds of play. The Owls would have two steals and it would trigger a 12-1 run during that period that would give the visitors control of the contest. The Knights would pull within five on two separate occasions down the stretch, but UMPI would not let them get any closer than that, and eventually take the ten-point victory.
After the opening period woes the Owls would shoot a respectable 38.2% for the final three quarters and turn the ball over just six more times. They would outrebound Vermont Tech 43-33, including the Owls grabbing 14 offensive rebounds which created 19 second chance points for UMPI. There were 12 ties and ten lead changes in the game.
Emilia Churchill (SO, Washburn, ME0 would lead the Owls, scoring 18 points off the bench while grabbing eight rebounds. Rhylee Wright (SO, Frenchville, ME) would once again finish with a double-double, finishing with 17 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocked shots.
The Owls will face Fisher College on Wednesday afternoon at Vermont Tech. That game is scheduled for a 3 pm tip.