WATERVILLE, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (2-0) finished off their opening weekend tournament experience by taking down the Machias Clippers (2-4) by a score of 85-71. The Owls won both games they played in the Charlie Ryan Classic hosted by Thomas College.
The Owls would never trail in the contest and a 22-11 run late in the first half would separate the two teams. UMPI would take a 43-32 lead to the locker room at half.
The Owls would continue to separate in the second half, and would hold a 26-point lead with just under nine minutes to play. The Clippers would go on a run late, but time was not on their side as the Owls would take the victory by a final score of 85-71.
Machias would turn the ball over 21 times and struggle shooting from behind the arc, hitting just one out of ten attempts for three. The Owls continued to shoot the ball well, converting 11 of their 28 attempted three-point attempts, and shooting 47.1% from the field.
"We had a balanced offensive attack with all of our starters scoring eight points or more," said head coach Dan Kane. "We did a good job flying the ball up the court and had another great night shooting from behind the arc."
Anthony Chacho (SR, Watertown, CT) would lead all scorers with 22 points. Chacho would go five of nine from 3-point, and add three rebounds and three steals to the team's effort. Deandre Duncombe (FR, Port St. Lucie, FL) would finish with 19 points and five rebounds, while Maurice Harris (SR, Miami, FL) would score 12 points and grab seven rebounds.
Travonne Thompson (FR, Melbourne, FL) would record a double-double for the Clippers, scoring 20 points and collecting 17 rebounds.
Chacho would be named to Charlie Ryan Classic All-Tournament Team.
The Owls will have their home opener on Tuesday evening as the welcome Husson University into Wieden Gymnasium. That game is scheduled for a 6 pm tip off.