MONTREAL — Canadian Murphy Burnatowski buried two 3-pointers to spark a 13-0 fourth-quarter flurry Wednesday night that sent the University of Maine to an 87-66 men’s basketball exhibition victory over McGill University at Love Competition Hall.
The Redmen had rallied to take a 64-62 lead on a Simon Bibeau jumper with 7:25 remaining, but the Black Bears responded with a decisive run to put the game away.
“This is all about putting us in situations where we have to go through challenges and work through them together,” said UMaine coach Ted Woodward. “I’m glad we’re having to adjust to things, including each other.”
UMaine returns to action tonight at 7 against the University of Quebec at Montreal.
Troy Barnies and Terrance Mitchell tossed in 17 points each to help the Bears improve to 2-0 on their five-game Canadian tour.
Barnies, a senior forward from Auburn, grabbed six rebounds and Mitchell pulled down five.
“I thought some guys, in particular, had a very good showing,” Woodward said.
Burnatowski finished with 10 points and Bangor’s Jon McAllian added nine on three 3-pointers as UMaine placed 11 of its 12 active players in the scoring column.
Point guard Andrew Rogers handed out six assists without committing a turnover.
“I thought Svet [Chetinov] did a very good job early establishing himself in the post,” Woodward said of the 6-foot-9 junior, who posted six points and four rebounds.
Burnatowski, playing in front of some family and friends, ignited the rally with a 3-pointer at the 6:24 mark. Barnies followed with a jumper, then Burnatowski and Mitchell hit 3-pointers to give UMaine some breathing room.
The Bears shot 40 percent (10-for-25) from 3-point range after having struggled from long range in Tuesday’s contest at Bishop’s University.
UMaine outrebounded the Redmen 38-32.
Simon Bibeau netted a game-high 20 points to pace McGill. Tristan Tremblay (seven rebounds) and Karim Sy-Morissette contributed 10 points each for the hosts, who committed 20 turnovers.
McGill scored 10 first-quarter points off UMaine turnovers to take a 26-24 lead, but the Bears responded by limiting the Redmen to six points in the second quarter on their way to a 41-32 advantage.
Woodward explained UMaine has experienced some issues with consistency, primarily because so many players are seeing significant action.
“That’s the beauty of playing a bunch of games in a row and having a lot of combinations you’re putting out there,” he said. “Playing by international rules, that’s a little bit different for us, too.”
Singleton 1-1-4, Burnatowski 4-0-10, Peay 3-0-6, Allison 3-1-7, Chetinov 2-2-6, McAllian 3-0-9, Rogers 2-0-5, Fraser 0-1-1, Wilcher, Mitchell 6-2-17, Barnies 6-5-17, McNally 2-1-6
Bouchard 2-0-6, Bibeau 8-1-20, Lacroix 1-0-2, White 3-0-8, Clark, Gatti 2-0-5, McMurtry, Langley 2-0-5, Sy-Morissette 3-2-10, Mazza-Anthony, Tremblay 4-2-10, Gause
3-pt. goals: Singleton, Burnatowski 2, McAllian 3, Rogers, Mitchell 3; Bouchard 2, Bibeau 3, White 2, Gatti, Langley, Sy-Morissette 2
Halftime: UMaine 41-32