Thursday, January 21, 2010

Black Bears 63, Albany 54

UMaine opened a two-game road trip with a win at Albany Thursday night. The Black Bears took the lead for good late in the first half and held off the Great Danes throughout the second.

With their fourth straight win, the Black Bears (12-6 overall, 4-1 America East) move to within a half-game of league leader Vermont (5-1 in the league). The Catamounts lost to Stony Brook Thursday.

The Black Bears shot nearly 60 percent (22 for 37) from the floor, led by Gerald McLemore's 21. GMac hit five of nine 3-pointers. Terrance Mitchell added 12 points and four steals. Sean McNally had 14 points and five rebounds.

Junior Bernal posted a solid line with nine points, six rebounds and three assists.

UMaine worked the lead to as much as 11 points in the second half. Albany never got closer than one point in the final half. If not for an 11-for-22 performance at the foul line, the final margin might have been a little wider. Albany was perfect on 13 attempts from the foul line, but was held to 40 percent (18 for 45) from the floor.

The win is the most for UMaine since going 12-18 in 2006-07. Next up is the 14 wins by the 2004-05 team.

Albany was playing without standout forward/guard Will Harris, the team's leading scorer. Great Danes guard Tim Ambrose led all scorers with 24 points.

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