Monday, January 18, 2010

Black Bears 56, New Hampshire 42

UMaine repelled a couple New Hampshire comeback attempts in the second half Monday then pulled away late during the customary late-game, foul-shooting phase.

Terrance Mitchell (10 points, 6 rebounds) and Murphy Burnatowski (6 points, 8 rebounds) provided much-needed spark for the Black Bears. Mitchell had two of the biggest hoops of the game. With UNH threatening twice in the second half, Mitchell posted up and converted down low.

Burnatowski also had a key tip-in during that stretch.

The Black Bears pounded the Wildcats on the boards, 44-27. UNH shot a chilly 28 percent. UMaine shot only 35 percent from the floor, but 12 offensive boards and seven steals helped offset the frosty heaves.

Sean McNally (13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists) and Junior Bernal (9 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists) played strong games. Mike Allison (5 points, 3 rebounds) had a strong first half as the Black Bears took a 10-point lead at the break.

At halftime, UNH's three leading scorers (Alvin Abreu, Dane DiLiegro and Tyrone Conley) had one point. Led by Conley's 13, the threesome finished with a combined 20 points, well under their 36-point average.

UMaine moves into second place in America East (first in the RPI) and will take its three-game winning streak to Albany Thursday.

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