Monday, November 29, 2010

Clubbed in Connecticut

Host Quinnipiac pounded the Black Bears on the backboards on its way to a 75-67 victory Monday night.

The Bobcats outrebounded UMaine 40-26 overall and 17-7 on the offensive glass. Both teams shot 38 percent from the floor, but Quinnipiac attempted 13 more shots than the Black Bears.

According to the boxscore, the Black Bears played without guard Gerald McLemore.

Raheem Singleton led UMaine with 18 points. Terrance Mitchell, back from a hand injury and seeing his first action of the season, had 14 points. Alasdair Fraser had 12.

Monday, November 22, 2010

South Bend blues

UMaine played the second of three BCS opponents on its schedule Monday night, traveling to South Bend, Ind., to take on Notre Dame.

The Irish got the victory, 97-72. The Black Bears have a week off before returning to the floor at Qunnipiac on Nov. 29.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

America East ailing

The injury bug continues to plague America East contenders.

New Hampshire has lost star guard Alvin Abreu for the season. He tore an ACL in the season-opening loss to Dartmouth.

He's at least the fourth top-level America East player to sustain an early season injury. UMaine's Sean McNally and guard Terrance Mitchell started the season on the injured list. McNally returned to game action Nov. 19 against Maine-Machias. Mitchell was recently cleared to begin practicing again and is expected to return sometime in December ... maybe.

Stony Brook star forward Tommy Brenton started the run of injuries when he got hurt just before the official start of practice.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Terps sprint past UMaine

The Black Bears hung with Maryland for about 15 minutes before the Terps broke free and posted an 89-59 win at College Park, Md.

Troy Barnies had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Murphy Burnatowski had 17 points.

The Black Bears host Maine-Machias Nov. 19 before returning to D1 play at Notre Dame on Nov. 22.

Friday, November 12, 2010

OT in Orem

Raheem Singleton hit a 14-foot jumper with .8 on the clock to send the season-opener at Utah Valley into overtime. He scored the first four points in OT, leading the Black Bears to a 71-66 victory.

UMaine scored the first 10 points in the extra period and the defense held Utah Valley scoreless until there was 33 seconds left in the game. Utah Valley hit a couple late threes to close the gap.

Singleton showed a willingness to step up and take (and make) big shots in his Black Bears debut. Troy Barnies played his usual active game and UMaine played a solid game on the defensive end. Not surprisingly, the first game of the season lacked any real flow and featured lots of stops and starts. What stood out, however, was the Black Bears limiting the host Wolverines to less than 40 percent shooting from the field.

UMaine played without Sean McNally (ankle) and Terrance Mitchell (finger).

Four America East teams opened the season Friday and only the Black Bears won. Cornell downed Albany by three. UConn dispatched Stony Brook and Northeastern squeeked by Boston U., 64-62.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Picks are in

For the first time in many a year, the border-war games between UMaine and New Hampshire likely will have a direct bearing on the America East basketball race. Should be a fun winter in northern New England. Now, if UMaine can just get everybody healthy ...

Steve and I turned in our picks with the biggest disparity being where to peg our boys, the Black Bears. I have them pegged for another fourth-place finish while Steve has them moving up a couple notches to No. 2.

No surprise that Boston U. is our unanimous pick for No. 1. They've got the league's best player in John Holland and another guy, Jake O'Brien, who can score from anywhere.

Despite the injury to Tommy Brenton, I've got Stony Brook staying a solid second. The Seawolves might have the deepest roster in America East and I think that will allow them to hold the fort until Brenton returns.

New Hampshire and the Black Bears fall into the same bucket o' fish in my opinion. If some things break right (i.e., injuries, schedule, good whistles, etc.,) either of these two teams could contend for the league title.

Alvin Abreu is a stud and UNH has a solid roster. UMaine has enough experience to know the season begins in January. Big question on Black Bears' mind might be the point guard position. Andrew Rogers is back and he's joined by Raheem "Radio" Singleton. If one of those two turns into a bonafide AE point (or if they provide a solid combination) it'll improve UMaine's chances considerably.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Coach Reed

Kevin Reed, the top three-point shooter in UMaine history, has accepted the head basketball coaching position at Bangor Christian High School.

Good luck, coach.

One of my favorite Kevin Reed moments:

When my daughter was younger, she used to pick a favorite Black Bears player every year.

Some her favorite players were Huggy Dye, Justin Rowe, Eric Dobson, Joe Campbell and Kevin Reed. One year, we found her a baby blue basketball outfit with Kevin Reed's number on it. We affixed the letters K. REED and she used to wear it all the time.

At one game, she was walking somewhere near the bench and I could see from a distance that one of Reed's friends in the stands yelled something to him. Reed turns around and broke into a smile when he saw her.

She's older now, but she still has her favorite ... Troy.


The Black Bears apparently will enter the season with a couple players on the injured list. Seniors Sean McNally (foot/ankle) and Terrance Mitchell (finger) have sustained injuries.

Mitchell recently had surgery on his hand is said be out at least six weeks. McNally's appears to be less severe. McNally tweeted that he stepped on a Cape Breton player's foot during the exhibition game. He said he was outfitted with a flexible walking cast.

Not the way you want to start the season, but it'll give some players an opportunity to step in and show what they can do. Those two guys represent a lot of minutes.