GAME RECAP • 1/8/2015
MEN'S BASKETBALL vs. VERMONT TECHNICAL COLLEGE
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Fort Kent, Maine—The University of Maine Fort Kent basketball team’s cruised to a double header sweep over visiting Vermont Tech Thursday afternoon. The women led by 30 at half time and never looked back winning 68-29. The men built an early double figure lead and maintained that throughout the game, winning 82-68.
In the women’s game the Bengals defensive pressure was too much for the visiting Knights to handle. UMFK forced 20 turnovers and held Vermont Tech to 25% shooting. UMFK, statistically is one of the best defensive teams in the nation, holding opponents to an average of 35% and 54 points per game, both of which they held Vermont Tech under. The Bengals inside duo of Ericka Saucier and Sam Carapellucci led the Bengals for the third straight game. Carrapellucci had 18 points and 14 rebounds and Saucier had 14 points, 5 rebounds and a career high 7 blocked shots.
Vermont Tech hung tough for the first 10 minutes trailing only 16-9, but a 31-8 run to close the half put the game well out of hand. Danielle Carrillo continued her hot shooting, hitting three more 3’s, and totaling 15 points. Alexis Warne had a solid all-around game with 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Vermont Tech was led by Daisi Poole’s 13 points.
The Bengals will have a break before traveling to New York for a pair of games starting January 17th.
In the men’s game UMFK’s zone defense stifled Vermont Tech’s attack from the get go, slowing a high powered offense for much of the game. Bengals big man Joe McCloskey had a career high 36 points as he dominated and scored at will inside. The Knights had no one physically to match up with McCloskey who also pulled down 11 rebounds. He shot 14-16 from the line and had four blocks as well.
VTC got the lead down to 1 on a Jamal Hughes put back with 2:37 to go in the first put UMFK ended the half on an 8-2 run. Mauro Vicic and McCloskey then scored the first 17 Bengal second half points to give the home team a lead it would not relinquish. Qaadir Ali had a great first half with 8 points and 6 assists and finished with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals. Vicic finished with 15 points and Marquis Glenn had 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Jamal Hughes led VTC with 19 points and 12 rebounds and Logan White hit five 3’s for 16 points.
The Bengal men will be back in action Sunday afternoon when the host Berkley College of New York. That game will tip at 12 noon.