MAINE vs. MASSACHUSETTS
Time, site: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst, Mass.
Records: Maine 2-5, Massachusetts 7-1
Series, last meeting: UMass leads 41-16, UMass 67-60 on 12/23/03
Key players: Maine — 6-7 F Murphy Burnatowski (10.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg), 6-1 G Raheem Singleton (11.3 ppg, 3.6 apg, .438 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-7 F Troy Barnies (10.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg), 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (10.0 ppg), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (6.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.4 bpg), 6-7 F Sean McNally (4.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg); UMass — 6-3 G Anthony Gurley (21.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.3 spg, .573 FG pct., .476 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-5 G Freddie Riley (12.0 ppg, 2.0 apg), 6-5 G/F Javorn Farrell (11.7 ppg), 6-8 F Sampson Carter (10.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg), 6-9 F/C Sean Carter (3.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
Outlook: The Black Bears will be challenged in trying to halt a four-game losing streak as they face the Minutemen of the Atlantic 10. UMaine is coming off Monday’s 75-56 loss to Delaware State during which it couldn’t keep up with the Hornets early in the second half. UMass won its first seven games before losing 76-71 to Boston College on Saturday. The Minutemen aren’t overly tall but can cause problems with their defense and score in transition. Gurley, a transfer from Wake Forest, is the catalyst for the Minutemen. Maxie Esho, who prepped at Lee Academy, is a freshman for UMass. UMaine needs some production from the perimeter as shooting guards McLemore and Terrance Mitchell have combined to shoot 19 percent overall (6-for-32) and 15 percent from 3-point range (3-for-20) in the last two games.