Thursday, February 28, 2008

Shut out at home

The plain facts are sobering: The Black Bears' 85-68 loss to UMBC Thursday completed a winless America East season at Alfond Arena - 0-8.

Overall, the Black Bears completed the regular season with a 2-10 record vs. D1 oppponents on their home court. The loss also drops the Black Bears to 7-21 overall. UMaine falls into a tie for last place with Stony Brook at 3-12. The 21 defeats represents a program record. UMaine will finish the regular season Sunday at Vermont and most likely enter the conference tourney as the No. 9 seed. The Catamounts lost at New Hampshire Thursday.

On the bright side: The Black Bears Thursday were tied with regular-season champ UMBC 32-all at the halftime. As has happened many times, however, UMaine turnovers at the start of the second half helped fuel an opponents decisive spurt. The Black Bears once again showed the ability to hang tough only to be undone by turnovers. Despite its inconsistencies, two of the Black Bears' three league wins are against the first-place (UMBC) and second-place (Albany) teams in the standings.

UMaine and Stony Brook will open the America East Tournament on Friday, March 7 with the winner advancing to a quarterfinal date with UMBC. Stony Brook beat the Black Bears in both regular-season meetings, thus leaving the Black Bears as the No. 9 seed.

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