South Portland, Maine -- Southern Maine Community College used an up tempo attack to take a 86-75 victory over UMaine-Presque Isle Saturday.
Southern Maine, currently ranked #5 in the national USCAA poll, got strong play from point guard Jose Nouchanthavong, (16 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds and only 1 turnover in 31 minutes) and Jacob Loveridge (14 points) to control the game from the tip.
The Seawolves shot 51.5% in the first half, including 5-of-9 from behind the arc to take a 46-35 lead in the first 20 minutes of play.
Southern Maine (18-6) would extend their second half lead to as much as 16 several times, but the UMPI Owls would continue to fight back each time the SMCC advantage would stretch into double digits.
At the 7:46 mark of the second stanza, Chase Vicaire would hit the first of three consecutive UMPI 3-pointers, but in each resulting Southern Maine possession, the Owl momentum would be thwarted by a UMPI foul on the constantly attacking SMCC offense. SMCC would hit all six of their shots from the charity strip in that run to deny any true Owl progress of eclipsing the double digit Seawolves lead.
Freshman Sean Manganti came in off the bench to tally a game-high 20 points, including 5 treys. Michael Warner added 18 points and 9 boards, while Manganti's fellow classmate Thiago Conceicao had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Vicaire rounded out the Owl double figure scorers with 11.
UMaine-Presque Isle is now 7-11 on the season and travels back to Presque Isle to play an outstanding Virginia-Lynchburg squad on Sunday at 2pm.