The University of Maine men’s and women’s basketball teams both lost games on the road over the weekend as the men fell to the University of Albany 80-69 on Sunday and the women were beaten by Binghamton University 66-46 on Saturday.
In the men’s game at Albany, N.Y., Albany outscored UMaine 24-6 during an eight-minute stretch of the second half, pulling away for the victory.
The Great Danes, who ended a five-game losing streak, and the Black Bears had gone back and forth before the hosts sealed the deal with their decisive surge. Albany shot 54 percent from the field in the second half.
UMaine (9-18, 4-10 AE) were paced by 16 points, six rebounds and four steals from senior guard Junior Bernal. Sean McNally of Gardiner contributed 15 points and eight rebounds for the Bears, while Troy Barnies of Auburn tossed in 15 points and Gerald McLemore 14.
Albany (14-13, 6-8 AE) also converted 24 of 31 free throws in the contest to outscore the Bears by 13 in that category. The Great Danes also committed only six turnovers (UMaine had 15).
Tim Ambrose poured in a game-high 27 points, with four assists and four steals, to propel Albany. Jerel Hastings provided 19 points and a game-best 10 rebounds, while Brian Connelly added 15 points.
The Great Danes outrebounded the Bears 34-26.
UMaine next plays Thursday (7 p.m.) at Boston University.
In the women’s game at Vestal, N.Y., Laura Franceski scored six points during a 10-0 scoring run to open the second half, sparking Binghamton by Maine.
The Black Bears (4-22, 2-11 AE) went 0-for-6 from the field and committed three turnovers during the first five minutes of the second half, opening the door for the Bearcats (11-15, 6-7 AE) to extend its advantage to 17 points.
Binghamton outscored UMaine in the paint 38-18 and parlayed the Bears’ 27 turnovers into a whopping 31 points.
Sophomore Tanna Ross of Newburgh led the UMaine offense with 12 points, while Brittany Williams added eight points and Colleen Kilmurray seven points and six rebounds.
UMaine shot only 27 percent from the field, but outrebounded Binghamton 40-35.
Darryll Peterson paced the Bearcats with 17 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Franceski finished with 14 points and five blocked shots. Andrea Holmes added six assist and six steals among the hosts’ 16 thefts.
UMaine returns to action Wednesday night at home against Vermont (7 p.m.).