Saturday, February 23, 2008

0000000 for Alfond

A 10-point halftime lead and a 7-point edge with 4:36 to go against the last-place team in America East wasn't enough for UMaine to notch its first home win of the league season. Stony Brook outscored the Black Bears 17-5 in the final 4 minutes for a 56-51 win.

A Brian Andre rebound basket with about 20 seconds to go cut the deficit to two, but the Black Bears bench apparently called a timeout it didn't have (television announcers, along with incorrectly describing the tournament implications the whole game, didn't know what had happened). Stony Brook made both the technical foul shots to effectively put the game away.

UMaine's search for an AE victory at Alfond Arena comes down to one game ... Thursday vs. league leading UMBC. The Black Bears' Alfond record is now 2-9 overall (D1 games) and 0-7 in America East.

The Black Bears' hopes of avoiding the play-in game were severely dashed by the loss. Maine would have to beat UMBC, win at Vermont and hope that New Hampshire loses its last two games.

We'll figure on seeing the Black Bears and Stony Brook, Friday night, March 7, at the Events Center in Vestal, N.Y. Hey, at least it won't be at Alfond.

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