BALTIMORE — Senior Troy Barnies of Auburn recorded a double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds Saturday afternoon to lead the University of Maine to an 82-67 America East men’s basketball victory over the University of Maryland Baltimore County at the Retriever Activities Center Arena.
Maine (8-7 overall, 2-1 AE) shot a blistering 54 percent from the field (29-for-54), with Barnies leading the way with a 9-for-11 performance.
Coach Ted Woodward’s squad placed three other players in double figures as Gerald McLemore tossed in 16 points, Raheem Singleton (four assists) 15 and Terrance Mitchell 14.
The Bears also outrebounded the Retrievers (1-14, 0-2 AE) 39-27.
“We played very well from start to finish,” Woodward said. “I thought we did a solid job defensively and offensively I thought we did a nice job sharing the basketball. We had a lot of contributions.”
Chris De La Rosa spearheaded UMBC with 24 points and eight assists. Chase Plummer added 13 points for the Retrievers, who committed only five turnovers.
Maine led most of the way and never trailed after a 10-5 run midway through the first half.
The Bears established some breathing room in the second half, going on an 11-4 stint.
With Maine ahead by four, Singleton opened the run with a layup at the 17:42 mark and buried a 3-pointer 1:13 later.
Justin Fry countered with a layup for UMBC, but Alasdair Fraser tipped in a missed 3-pointer by Singleton. After Adrian Satchell scored from close range for the hosts, Andrew Rogers hit a 3-pointer that gave the Bears a 51-41 lead with 15:21 remaining.
UMBC never got closer than nine after that as Maine pushed its advantage to as many as 18 points at one juncture.
“We shot the ball well, which I thought was key for us,” Woodward said. “I thought we executed really well throughout the whole game.”
Mitchell got the start in place of sophomore small forward Murphy Burnatowski who played only one minute after suffering a facial injury. He did not return.
Woodward said Burnatowski is expected to be ready to play Wednesday when Maine travels to Albany for a 7 p.m. game.
“I thought Terrance Mitchell would give us a little different look to start the game,” Woodward said.
The Bears receive quality minutes from senior forward Malachi Peay (five points, four assists) and sophomore froward Mike Allison (six rebounds, three blocks), the latter of whom is improving after a recent calf injury.
“Mike has been feeling better, practicing better,” Woodward said. “He gave us some real quality minutes.”