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.

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