BANGOR, Maine — If the University of New England Nor’easters blow into the playoffs this season, they may well look back on this weekend’s Paul Bunyan Tournament as the thing that put the wind in their sails.
The Nor’easters didn’t shoot the ball well from the perimeter, and only well enough from the foul line, but their rebounding and overall shooting from the floor compensated as they edged Husson University 74-71 in Saturday afternoon’s tourney title game at Newman Gymnasium.
Tourney MVP Anthony Johnson scored a game-high 18 points to help lead 4-3 UNE past the Eagles. Chas Rentrope came off the bench to score 14 points, make six steals, and earn all-tournament honors in the process.
The 1-4 Eagles were led by Blaine Meehan of Winterport, who scored 15 points in a balanced effort. Kenduskeag’s Brock Bradford and Warren’s Matt McKenzie each scored 14. Meehan and McKenzie were both named to the all-tourney squad.
In Saturday’s consolation game, seven players scored 11 points or more for the University of Maine-Fort Kent as the Bengals mauled the University of Maine-Presque Isle 128-72.
Hamill Bassue scored 20 points and Jimmy Lopez had 19 as both went over the 1,000-point mark for their careers to pace the 3-5 Bengals. Ilija Kalajdzic and Brandon Fox scored 19 and 18 points, respectively.
Ray Mitchell led the 0-5 Owls with 26 points and Ronald Spencer added 21.