POULTNEY, Vt. – Green Mountain took care of the ball and outrebounded University of Maine at Farmington by nine, but by allowing the Beavers to shoot 46.2 percent from the floor the Eagles found themselves on the short end of a 62-55 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) decision on Saturday afternoon at the Eagle Dome.
The game started with the teams trading buckets over the first eight minutes resulting in a tight 11-10 score in favor of UMaine-Farmington (5-11, 3-7 NAC). A 10-2 run capped by an Anthony Owens' layup over the ensuing three minutes gave the visitors a 21-12 lead with just over nine minutes to go in the half.
An Eric Berry layup at the 6:34 mark extended the Beavers' lead to 27-14, but a 10-0 run by the Eagles from that point forward would bring the hosts back to within 27-24. De Shaun Carr (Moreno Valley, Calif.) deposited a pair of treys during the run for the Eagles.
Unfortunately, Green Mountain (6-9, 4-6 NAC) allowed the Beavers to score the final five points in the period and found themselves down 34-26 at the break.
Amir Ross led the way in the opening stanza for UMF with 10 points, while Carr and Sean Leflore (Moreno Valley, Calif.) each had six for the Eagles.
GMC methodically erased the eight-point halftime deficit to start the second half with a 13-4 run in the period's opening seven minutes to take a 39-38 lead with 12:57 to go in the game. After the teams traded the lead several times, the Beavers strung seven-straight points together punctuated by an Isaac Witham three-pointer to take a 49-43 lead which forced the Eagles to take a timeout.
Both teams played great defense down the stretch as neither team's offense was able to find a rhythm. The Eagles would reduce the deficit several times to a four-point differential, but Moss and Berry connected on some timely three-pointers for UMF to thwart the comeback attempt.
The Eagles' Alex Sanchez (San Fernando Valley, Calif.) hit a pair of three-pointers late, but the lead was insurmountable at that point and the Beavers closed out the game by securing the defensive rebounds and stealing the Eagles' final possession.
UMF received a team-high 17 points from Moss. Milani Hicks recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Witham also hit double figures in scoring with 12 points.
Sanchez led the Eagles with a game-high 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including a 4-of-9 mark from beyond the arc. Leflore was just one rebound shy of a double-double as he posted 14 points and nine boards. Carr hit for 10 points and dished out four assists.
The Eagles will next play Maine Maritime on Friday at 7:30 p.m. as part of their double-header weekend in Maine.