ALBANY, N.Y. — Clarence Jackson erupted for 15 of his game-high 17 points in the second half Saturday night, sparking Siena College to a 71-60 men’s basketball victory over the University of Maine in the ESPN BracketBusters tournament.
Siena, of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, snapped a four-game losing streak to improve to 11-16. UMaine skidded to 14-13 with is sixth straight setback.
The Saints outscored the Black Bears 20-6 during the first 9 1/2 minutes of the second half, turning a five-point deficit into an 11-point advantage to energize the crowd of 8,311.
Siena extended its advantage to as many as 16 points and UMaine could not get closer than six for the remainder of the contest.
Coach Ted Woodward’s Black Bears shot only 25 percent (8-for-32) from the floor in the second half and went 2-for-13 overall from 3-point range.
Senior forward Troy Barnies of Auburn led UMaine with 14 points and nine rebounds and senior Malachi Peay finished with 11 points. Terrance Mitchell and Raheem Singleton added nine and eight points, respectively.
Gerald McLemore was limited to seven points and 3-for-12 shooting.
Siena placed five players in double figures, with Ryan Rossiter posting 14 points, 16 rebounds and six assists, Rakeem Brookins 13 points and five assists and O.D. Anosike 10 points and 11 rebounds. Trenity Burdine added 12 points.
The Saints shot 45 percent from the floor in the game, including 54 percent (14-for-26) in the second half. The hosts also connected on eight of 16 shots from beyond the 3-point arc and outrebounded the Bears 38-31.
UMaine led by as many as six points after a strong start and led 33-28 at halftime despite committing 10 turnovers.
Siena owned the second half.
Brookins got Siena started with a 3-pointer 1:12 into the second half, then Anosike followed with a low-post bucket. Jackson followed with a 3-pointer that put the Saints ahead for keeps at 36-33 with 17:46 remaining.
The Bears missed their first 11 field-goal attempts after intermission and managed only a pair of Barnies free throws until Peay hit a jumper at the 13:06 mark.
UMaine was down 43-37 at that juncture, but a 7-2 run by Siena turned that into an 11-point bulge with 11:26 remaining. The Bears later cut the deficit to 62-56, but the Saints held on.
The Bears return to action Tuesday night with an America East contest at New Hampshire.