Strong Start/Finish Enough For Owls to Notch Victory

The Owls' Shmoke Louis defends a Canton guard
The Owls' Shmoke Louis defends a Canton guard

(CANTON, NY)-- The UMaine-Presque Isle Owls bounced back from a tough loss to salvage a 1-1 weekend by beating the SUNY-Canton Roos Sunday afternoon, 61-58.

The win moves the Owls back to .500 at 7-7.  Canton falls to 3-9.

Presque Isle got out to a quick 9-0 advantage thanks in large part to Michael Warner (Jr./Norwich, UK) who scored 7 of those first nine.  The Roos trimmed that to 9-5 before the Owls stretched things out to a 10-point advantage after a 3-pointer at 13:01 by Aaron Hutchins (Jr./East Millinocket, ME) before the Roos clawed back to close the gap to a single point at 28-27 with 5:38 left.  SUNY Canton outscored the Owls 12-10 from there on out and took a 39-38 lead into the locker room.

Presque Isle scored on their first offensive possession in the second half on a jumper in the paint by Patrick Manifold (Sr./Great Yarmouth, UK) to regain the lead for good.  The contest remained close for the rest of regulation as the Owls didn't build more than a six-point lead and the Roos came within one point six different times but couldn't get over the hump, missing four shots in the final minute of play.  The Roos had one last chance to send the game into overtime but a three-point attempt by Ryan Lamica at the buzzer just missed the mark.

Junior Khalid Vaughn led Canton with a game-high 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists. 

Warner led the Owls with 17 points and four boards and Patrick Manifold added 16 points, four rebounds and three blocks.  Claude "Shmoke" Louis posted a double-double for the Owls scoring 13 points and ripping down 13 rebounds.

Presque Isle will play one their 6th of 7 straight road games when they take on Bowdoin College on Tuesday at 7pm.


Game Notes:

*  Manifold shot a very efficient 67% from the floor (8-12).

*  Brad Trask (Sr./Easton, ME) was one of two UMPI guards to pull down double-digit rebounds (10).

*  Free throws were a big factor in the close game.  The Owls hit them (6-7) while the Roos struggled (8-18).