MONTREAL — The University of Maine overcame an uncharacteristic 27 turnovers Thursday night, riding another solid defensive effort to a 79-64 men’s basketball exhibition victory over the University of Quebec at Montreal.
Coach Ted Woodward’s Black Bears improved to 3-0 on their Canadian tour and have Friday off before returning to action Saturday at 1 p.m. against Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.
“We just got off to a tough start from a turnover perspective,” Woodward said. “We had 16 turnovers in the first half. We were just out of rhythm a little bit.”
UMaine has played three games on three consecutive nights and Woodward offered the Bears might have been experiencing a bit of fatigue.
Senior forward Troy Barnies of Auburn led the Bears with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Canadian Murphy Burnatowski netted 12 points.
Junior guard Raheem Singleton provided nine points, five rebounds and five assists, while Junior forward Travon Wilcher contributed nine points while Malachi Peay added eight points and seven rebounds.
“Travon Wilcher came in and gave us a huge lift tonight,” Woodward said. “It was great to see him step up and do some great things.”
Eric Cote-Kougnima paced Quebec-Montreal with a game-high 20 points and Frantz St.-Cyr tallied 19 points.
UMaine dominated the rebounding 59-39.
The game was tied 31-31 at halftime, but UMaine cut down its turnovers and outscored the Citadins 48-33 in the second half.
“Every single night, we’ve been holding teams down defensively like we’re accustomed to. That’s always going to be our trademark,” Woodward said.
Woodward said the UMaine contingent hooked up with some former Black Bears, including basketball player David Dubois and a couple of former women’s soccer players.
“We’ve had a great experience here in Montreal, it’s a wonderful city,” Woodward said.
Barnies 5-5-15, Burnatowski 5-0-12, Singleton 3-1-9, Wilcher 3-3-9, Peay 3-2-8, Allison 3-0-7, McNally 2-0-5, Rogers 2-0-4, Chetinov 2-0-4, Fraser 1-1-3, McAllian 1-0-3, Mitchell
Quebec at Montreal 64
Cote Kougnima 7-3-20, St.-Cyr 6-4-19, Lanctot-F. 3-2-8, Bernard 2-2-6, Plesius 1-3-5, Lamour 1-0-3, Tamba 1-1-3, Justin, Rheaume, Colas, Libai, Salenus, Landry
3-pt. goals: Burnatowski 2, Singleton 2, McAllian, McNally, Allison; Cote-Kougnima 3, St.-Cyr 3, Lamour 1