Presque Isle, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Men's basketball team took on county rival U-Maine at Fort Kent. UMPI earned the win after a well fought game, 68-66 after being down early.
The Owls took the lead early in the game with a 16-12 lead after six minutes into the game. UMFK then went on a 13-2 run late in the half giving them the lead. A quick 11-2 run in the first three minutes of the second half by the Owls was led by DeAndre Duncombe's (Jr. Port St. Lucie, FL) six points and Te'Von Hines (Sr. Alexandria, VA) five points. Some late game defense by the Owls held the Bengals scoreless from the 8:35 mark to the 1:49 minute mark, as UMPI held a 1-point lead; this defensive stand was led by Nick Perfitt (Fy. Houlton, ME) who added some great rebounds and defensive stops.
A late game foul led to three made freethows by Shyquinn Dix (Jr. Stamford, CT), followed by a stop and a big three by Duncombe, assisted by Dix, giving the Owls a five point lead. UMFK answered with a three themselves, cutting the lead to two. Dix was fouled and finished the game with two more clutch freethrows to seal the game.
Dix led the Owls with 28 points while shooting 9-14 from the field and 4-8 from three. Adding five rebounds, four assists, and only one turnover. Hines finished with 16 points along with Duncombe, who scored 11 of his 16 in the second half off of 4-7 from the field and 3-3 from three. Perfitt added five offensive rebounds in the game to go along with his defensive performance.
The Owls will continue their games this weekend as they head to U-Maine at Farmington for their first conference games of the year. The games will be Friday at 7:30 and Saturday at 3:00pm at UMF.