Defensive Runs Help Owls Get Back On Track

Defensive Runs Help Owls Get Back On Track

Guerrette Shoots Perfect from the Field, Dix Records 1st Double-Double

Nashua, NH – The University of Maine at Presque Isle men's basketball team bounced back after two tough conference loses last week to pick up a convincing non-conference win on the road at Rivier University, 86-59 as all 13 players got in the scoring column. 

Rivier jumped out to a quick 11-5 lead, however the Owls would dig in on the defensive end holding the Raiders to zero field goals and only two points in a seven-minute span (16:00 – 9:00) while also scoring 13 points to take an 18-13 lead.  The Raiders would go on a 10-3 run to retake the lead 23-21 with 7:30 left in the first, however the Owls would explode for 16 points in the final 7:30 and hold the Raiders to only nine points taking a seven-point lead into the half, 37-30.

In the second half the Owls would score the first eight points of the second half and would never look back cruising to the 86-59 victory. UMPI would shoot 55.6% (30-54) from the field, 47.8% (11-23) from three, and 75% (15-20) from the line, while holding Rivier to 29.2% (19-65) from the field and 24.2% (8-33) from three.

The Owls had four players in double digit scoring with first year guard Griffin Guerrette (Presque Isle, ME) leading the way with 19 points off the bench in only 18 minutes.  Guerrette would shoot a blistering 6-6 from the field, 3-3 from three, and 4-6 from the free throw line while also grabbing four rebounds.  Sophomore guard Shyquinn Dix (Stamford, CT) would record his first career double-double in an Owls uniform scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.  Sophomore guard DeAndre Duncombe (Port St. Lucie, FL) would score 16 points on 7-14 shooting from the field while also grabbing four rebounds and taking three charges.  Junior guard Te'Von Hines (Woodbridge, VA) chipped in with 12 points on 5-9 shooting.

Coach Kane on the win, "This was our first time since our opening game against Norwich that we played a full 40 minutes with no let downs.  Two big defensive stretches, one in the middle of the first half and one to start the second half helped us retain the lead and extend it.  It is always great to see everyone on the team not just play but also get in the scoring column.  It was a great team win."

UMPI improves to 3-5 on the season and are back in action against Unity College on Saturday at 1:00 pm at Wieden Gymnasium.