Concord, NH – The UMA men's basketball team entered the second day of tournament play by narrowly beating Springfield Technical Community College 89-88. With the victory, the Moose improve to 5-7 overall for the 2017-2018 season.
Both teams got off to a slow offensive start with Springfield Tech getting on the score board first. The Moose answered back and midway through the first half took the lead with a jump shot from Quinn Mitchell II. UMA continued to work on stretching the lead and went up by as much 7 points in the first half. The Moose capitalized on their inside game and made Springfield Tech pay at the foul line.
Springfield Tech fought back tying things up at 29-29 with 3:43 left in the first half but the Moose answered back taking the leading going into the half, 37-34.
It was a back and forth battle in the second half of play with UMA fighting to hold onto a narrow lead through most of it. The Moose went 10-10 from the line in the final minute of play to secure the win.
The Moose saw strong play from its starters: Dustin Simpson-Bragg 21 points and 9 rebounds, Jordan Holmes 26 points and 4 rebounds, and Quinn Mitchell II 20 points and 7 rebounds. Israel Brown had another strong performance netting 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.
The Moose host Paul Smith College at SMCC in South Portland on January 11th at 6PM.