Sunday, February 21, 2010

Black Bears 66, Hartford 52

The Black Bears maintained their grip on third place in America East with the win over a shorthanded Hartford club.

With a balanced attack, UMaine defeated a Hawks team that was missing three players, including leading scorer Joe Zeglinski, who were serving suspensions. The reason for the suspensions was undisclosed.

The two teams could meet in the quarterfinal round of next week's America East tournament. Binghamton (7-7 in the league after a win Sunday over UMBC), Hartford (5-9) and New Hampshire (5-9) are jockeying for the five, six and seven seeds. The Black Bears can lock up the No. 3 seed with a win Wednesday against Albany.

Sean McNally registered a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds to spark UMaine to a huge rebounding edge. Terrance Mitchell added 15 points. Junior Bernal also went for a double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals. Murphy Burnatowski was the fourth Black Bear in double figures with 10 points. He had seven rebounds.

The 18 wins is the most for UMaine since the 2003-04 team went 20-10 and advanced to the America East title game.

1 comment:

JD said...

the game got a bit boring in the second half. to be honest i was kind of bored the rest of the game after murphy's first dunk. the game was over. hartford had no guns, they left all their bigs on the bench, they scored somewhat at will for a while, but they were never really capable of winning that game without zeglinski IMO.

one thing of note, burnatowski should be on the all rook team, with him on it, that would make two consecutive years with an all rook, a testament to some improved recruiting??

mclemore will certainly make one of the all conference teams, most likely second at this point, possibly third if he drops off the last two games and some other candidates have good games. will someone else slip onto the third team? mcnally or mitchell are the two guys on the bubble.