UMPI Men Drop Close Decision to MMA 68 to 66

UMPI Men Drop Close Decision to MMA 68 to 66

Castine, Maine – Adam Richardson tallied a season high-25 points to lead Maine Maritime Academy Men's Basketball to a 68-66 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) victory over UMaine-Presque Isle on Saturday afternoon inside of Smith Gymnasium. 

Luke Petersen (So. Perth, Australia) scored on an assist from Wil Griffths (Jr. Queens, NY) to get UMPI on the scoreboard early and a Griffiths score inside and a Shyquinn Dix (So. Stamford, CT) layup followed by a Petersen jumper saw the Owls go out in front 8 to 6. The two teams battled closely throughout the first half, until Bucksport native Riley MacLeod made a pair from the line and hit a jumper to give the Mariners a 36-35 lead and Richardson made two from the foul line to send the MMA into halftime with a 38-35 advantage.

The second half was similar to the first, with the teams exchanging the lead numerous times.  Richardson hit a layup with two minutes remaining in the game to give the Mariners a 61-58 advantage and Nicholas DePatsy pulled down a crucial defensive rebound and splashed a three on the other end of the court to put the Mariners up, 64-58. Griffin Guerrette nailed a jump shot for the Owls to bring UMPI within 4 points, 64 to 60. UMPI closed the lead to three, but DePatsy and Kimani Anderson hit their free throws in the final seconds to keep Maine Maritime on top and a last-second three from Shyquinn Dix was not enough for the Owls.

Inside the Numbers: Richardson led the home team Mariners with a game-high 25 points, shooting 10-of-12 from the floor, and added five rebounds and five assists for an excellent all-around game. DePatsy contributed 20 points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal and Anderson added 12 points, six rebounds and an assist for MMA (7-7, 4-2 NAC). 

Griffin Guerrette (Fr. Presque Isle, ME) led the Owls with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal and Luke Peterson added 13 points and an assist. Both Shyquinn Dix and Te'Von Hines tallied 12 points, Hines added eight rebounds, two assists and a steal and Dix contributed four rebounds, three assists and three steals. 

The Mariners shot 50.0 percent from the floor and 81.3 percent from the line, while the Owls shot 38.6 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent from the line. Maine Maritime held a 35-31 advantage in rebounds. 

Up Next: The Owls drop to 7-10 on the season overall and 1-7 in the NAC. UMPI returns to action on Friday, January 25th and Saturday January 26th when they travel to Northern Vermont-Lyndon for another North Atlantic Conference matchup.