Bengals Stop Men's Basketball At Nationals, 80-71

Bengals Stop Men's Basketball At Nationals, 80-71

University of Maine-Fort Kent 80, Dean College 71
University of Maine-Fort Kent (23-7), Dean College (15-11)
USCAA National Tournament Opening Round, Lemont Furnace, Pa.
February 28, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM

The duo of Johnathon Caldwell and Anthony Knight combined for 46 points and second-seeded Maine-Fort Kent held off seventh-seeded Dean College, 80-71 in opening round action at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Tournament on Wednesday afternoon.

The Bengals opened the game with the hot shooting hand, drilling back-to-back three-pointers to ignite a game opening 15-4 spurt.

Dean settled down and got on track offensively beginning with a baseline drive and dunk by Josh Croskey (Union, N.J.) and when Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) dropped in a three-pointer, the Bulldogs were within six at 21-15.

It looked as if the UMFK would go into intermission up 14 but Russell converted a three-point play with two seconds remaining to get the Bulldogs into halftime down just 11, 37-26.

Dean had the lead down to seven at 39-32 following a Randolf Thurman (Swampscott, Mass.) three-pointer and they got to within four at 45-41 moments later on a conventional three-point play from Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.).

As the second half wore on, however, the Bengals pushed their lead out further and when Jarid Walton scored inside, UMFK moved ahead 72-59.

The Bulldogs made a push by getting three straight baskets from Baker, Booker and Thurman slicing their deficit to 74-67 but Knight ended any thoughts of a comeback with an inside basket with less than a minute to play.

UMFK held a 47-36 edge on the glass and a 34-26 advantage in points in the paint. Meanwhile, Caldwell (22 points) and Knight (24 points) combined to shoot 15-for-27 from the field.

For the Bulldogs, Russell finished with 20 points, while Malik Brown (Miami, Fla.) added 12 and Baker totaled a double-double with ten points and 12 rebounds.

The Bulldogs will wrap up the 2017-18 season with a 10:00 AM tip off against Florida College on Thursday morning.

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