LENNOXVILLE, Quebec — Sean McNally of Gardiner tallied 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds Tuesday night, leading the University of Maine men’s basketball team to an 81-54 exhibition basketball victory over Bishop’s University.
The senior forward came up with three steals and two blocked shots to help coach Ted Woodward’s Black Bears open their five-game Canadian tour on a winning note.
“All our guys got a chance to tonight and everyone scored,” Woodward said. “They played hard. I thought we cleaned up our rebounding some in the second half, which was our focus at halftime.”
Senior guard Malachi Peay tallied 13 points and a team-best 10 rebounds for UMaine, which outscored the Gaiters 23-5 from the foul line. Senior forward Troy Barnies of Auburn contributed 10 points.
The Bears placed all 12 of their players in the scoring column and also outrebounded the hosts 44-29.
Junior guard Gerald McLemore did not play. He is nursing an injury sustained in practice.
“He has a minor injury, one that requires a short period of rest,” Woodward said. “Unfortunately, it’s now and we’ll pretty much take it day to day.”
Oraine Green paced Bishop’s with 12 points and three assists. Matt McLean added 11 points.
The Gaiters shot only 33 percent from the field.
UMaine struggled from long distance, shooting 2-for-21 on 3-pointers.
“We didn’t shoot the ball as well as we would have liked to from the perimeter,” Woodward said.
UMaine took control early, building a 21-11 lead in the first quarter. The effort included a 9-2 run sparked by freshman Alasdair Fraser’s dunk.
Mike Allison added a layup, then Svetislov Chetinov answered a hoop by Bishop’s Tim Hunter with a jumper and Raheem Singleton’s conventional three-point play gave the Bears a 21-9 advantage.
“We’re fortunate to have some depth and we really want to use our depth as much as possible on this trip,” Woodward said. “It’s a chance for everybody to do some things.”
The Bears had a busy day Tuesday, leaving Orono in the morning on their way to Lennoxville.
“It was a beautiful day to hop on the bus,” Woodward said. “We stopped for a pregame meal up at Sugarloaf Mountain and the guys really enjoyed it.”
UMaine was scheduled to leave Lennoxville after the game on its way to Montreal for Wednesday’s 7 p.m. contest at McGill.
Rogers 2-0-4, Mitchell 1-3-5, Barnies 3-4-10, McNally 6-5-17, Burnatowski 1-1-4, McAllian 1-0-3, Singleton 2-5-9, Fraser 2-2-6, Wilcher 2-0-4, Peay 5-3-13, Allison 1-0-2, Chetinov 2-0-4
Bishop’s Univ. 54
Harmon-Porter, Green 4-0-12, Leonard-Smith, Blackwood 2-0-5, Hunter 4-0-9, Ring 1-0-2, Kabongo, Abiad 1-0-2, McLean 4-1-11, Monplaisir 2-3-8, Drisdelle 1-1-3, Audette-Genier 1-0-2
3-pt. goals: Burnatowski, McAllian; Green 4, Blackwood, Hunter, McLean, Monplaisir
Halftime: Maine 34-19
Fordham 2, Maine 0
At Bronx, N.Y., Fordham University held the University of Maine to just three shots Tuesday as the Rams shut out the Black Bears.
Michelle Ancelj netted both goals for Fordham, scoring the first goal in the 36th minute and the second in the 82nd minute.
Iris Gunnarsdottir made three saves in her first career start in net for Maine.