Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hartford (6-19, 2-9) at UMaine (8-16, 3-8)

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Something's got to give in this one.
Hartford has lost eight straight games since defeating the Black Bears 76-71 in early January. UMaine has dropped five straight.

The Hawks are 1-13 away from home this season, 0-6 in America East roadies. The Black Bears are 3-7 vs. D1 opponents at Alfond Arena this season, 2-4 in America East home games and losers of three straight on the home floor.

Hartford dug itself out of a 15-point halftime hole Monday, scored 46 points in the second half at Vermont and pulled within three points late before falling 71-63. The Black Bears have lost three games during the America East schedule in which it held double-digit leads.

A victory and the Black Bears would retain a flicker of hope for avoiding the play-in game of the conference tourney. A loss and it's a near certainty these two teams would meet again on March 6 in Albany for the right to play the No. 1 seed.

Probable starters
G - Jaret von Rosenberg, 6-2, Sr. ... 13.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.8 apg
G - Andres Torres, 5-10, Soph. ... pesky point guard, 5.5 ppg
F - Morgan Sabia, 6-8, Soph. ... 10.9 ppg, likes to launch from deep
F - Michael Turner, 6-5, Sr. ... 11 ppg, 38 percent on 3s
C - Genesis Maciel, 6-9, Fr. ... California native, 6.2 ppg
Hawk notes
Club is No. 2 in America East with 196 three-point attempts, 28 more than No. 3 ... Hawks make 8.2 bombs per game and scorched the Black Bears with 12 in the first meeting ... Hawks dead last in rebounding margin (-7) in AE ... Hawks lost all-league guard Joe Zeglinski during non-conference part of schedule.
G - Mark Socoby, 6-6, Jr. ... needs to get to the hoop/play strong
G - Junior Bernal, 6-5, Jr. ... is athletic defender headed for wing?
G - Gerald McLemore, 6-3, Fr. ... One of league's top rookies
F - Sean McNally, 6-7, Soph. ... Need him on floor, rebounding
F - Malachi Peay, 6-6, Soph. ... Versatility is strength
Black Bear notes
Look for Troy Barnies to continue his solid play as Bears should win board battle ... Freshman guard Andrew Rogers had eight assists in UMBC loss ... Kaimondre Owes has provided spark off the bench ... UM goes on the road for three after this one.

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