Bengals sweep St. Joe series
FORT KENT, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent basketball teams swept the season series with College of St. Joseph’s Vermont on Sunday afternoon with the women winning 65-53 and the men 106-62.
In the women’s game, the Bengals won a pivotal USCAA matchup between two teams battling for a national tournament berth. UMFK came into the day ranked 8th and CSJ was ranked 11th. Only eight teams will make the tournament.
UMFK Assistant Athletic Director Tom Bird said via a press release that UMFK started off strong with back-to-back three-pointers from Savana Jankowski and Madison Fenner. Jankowski had all of her field goals in the first quarter and finished with 12 of her game high 21 in the frame.
The Bengals sat back in a zone for the majority of the game and sagged in the paint as the Saints struggled from the outside, shooting just 27 percent on the year. They would finish 3-19 from three-point land on the afternoon.
Bird said CSJ athletic guards kept the game close, however, all the way until a Madison Fenner three put the Bengals up by five points midway through the last quarter and Kallee Dowler would go 6-7 from the line in the fourth to preserve the win.
Fenner would finish with 11 points while Dowler had 16.
CSJ was led by Dymond Black’s 16 points.
In the men’s game, the Bengals jumped on the Saints from the start with their pressure defense and transition offense, Bird said. UMFK broke a 10-10 game open, with a 29-10 run over the middle part of the half.
Senior Anthony Knight made seven of eight field goals, including a couple of three-pointers. He finished with 16 in the opening half. The Bengals increased their lead to 55-28 at the break. UMFK shot 65 percent from the field in the half and 60 percent overall.
In the second half, UMFK continued with their pressure defense that caused too many turnovers for the Saints to overcome. A couple of highlight dunks by Knight put the game away.
Knight led six Bengals in double figures with 23. Jarid Walton had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Johnathon Caldwell had 14 points. Bobby Syvanthong was once again near a triple double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Thomas Enerva had 14 and Troy Williams hit three long range shots and finished with 13.
UMFK forced the Saints into 21 turnovers and scored 55 fast break points.
The Saints were led by Charles Isaac who scored 15, including the first eight for CSJ.