UMaine men beat URI in OT, UMaine women lose to Navy in weekend games

Posted Dec. 03, 2011, at 9:43 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 04, 2011, at 9:39 p.m.

The UMaine men’s basketball team beat Rhode Island 76-74 in overtime on Sunday while the UMaine women suffered a 73-56 defeat to Navy on Saturday.

On Sunday in Kingston, R.I., Alasdair Fraser scored 23 points and Justin Edwards 21 as Maine edged Rhode Island.

Raheem Singleton hit two free throws for the Black Bears (3-2) to break a 74-74 tie in overtime, and Rhode Island’s Mike Powell, whose 3-pointer forced overtime, missed shots with 51 seconds left and at the buzzer.

Singleton stole the ball with 1:15 left in overtime and was immediately fouled. He sank the pair of free throws which proved to be the difference.

Maine was 0 of 5 from the field in overtime, getting its other two points on free throws by Edwards. The Rams (1-7) shot 1 of 7 from the field in overtime, getting a basket from Nikola Malesevic that tied it at 74.

Gerald McLemore had 17 points for Maine, with 14 coming in the first half when the Black Bears took a 39-34 lead.

Malesevic and Jamal Wilson scored 19 apiece to lead Rhode Island, and Orion Outerbridge and Jonathan Holton added 14 each.

Maine surged to 70-63 lead with 3:14 left on a Fraser free throw, but Rhode Island went on a run to tie it at 72 with a minute and a half left.

Both teams had chances to take the lead at the end of regulation, and the Rams missed a shot with seconds remaining. McLemore got the rebound and was hit but the teams would go to overtime.

In the extra session, Edwards made a pair of free throws, but the Rams answered to tie it at 74 with four minutes remaining.

The Rams were running a play with 1:15 left before Singleton’s game-winning play.

Maine held Rhode Island scoreless on its next possession, and McLemore had a three go off the rim and out of bounds with 17 seconds left.

On Saturday, at Annapolis, Md., the Black Bears ran into a hot shooting Navy squad as the Midshipmen shot 53.2 percent from the field, including 12-for-22 from beyond the arc, en route to a 73-56 victory.

Samantha Wheeler led the Black Bears, narrowly missing a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds. Samantha Baranowski also had 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting.

Navy jumped out to an early 10-2 advantage as it started the contest 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, powered by Chey Arvin’s six points from deep range, as the Midshipmen went on a 10-0 run after Brittany Williams gave the Black Bears an early edge.

Maine would respond with a 10-4 run, capped by Courtney Anderson, who spotted up and knocked down a three from the top of the key to bring Maine within two at 14-12 midway through the first half.

Navy would gain its biggest lead of the afternoon, an eight-point edge with 5:49 to play in the opening half, after it broke out on a 10-2 run over a span of 2:34. The Midshipmen’s lead would stand at 27-16 on a three by Kara Pollinger before Wheeler broke up the run with a pair of free throws.

Maine would go on a short 4-0 run to cut into the lead before Pollinger hit another three to give Navy a 10-point lead. The lead would be extended to 11 before Amber Dillon ended the half with a jumper to cut the lead to nine at the half, 34-25.

Baranowski paced the Maine attack in the first half with six points on 3-for-4 shooting and a pair of rebounds while Pollinger led all scorers with 11 points, going a perfect 4-for-4 from the field including a pair of threes.

Navy would open up the second half with a 14-4 run, fueled on 3-pointers by Pollinger and Arvin to take a 48-29 lead early in the half.

With 9:08 remaining in the second half, the Black Bears put some pressure on the Navy offense as it attacked the ball with a full-court press, resulting in a 5-0 run to close the lead to 60-43. Wheeler would force a steal right under the hoop and lay it in before the Black Bears got the ball back, working it inside to Baranowski. Baranowski would make a beautiful turnaround lay-in and Anderson’s free throw would close the run for Maine.

The Black Bears would keep battling as Wheeler kicked the ball outside to Williams, who knocked down the three to pull Maine within 15, forcing Navy into a timeout. Anderson would keep the Midshipmen within 15 as she capitalized off a Navy turnover, laying the ball up and off glass with 3:04 left in the second half.

Navy would go on a bit of a run as Pollinger knocked down her career-high 24th point of the game to put the Midshipmen up 19, 73-54. Williams would close out the game with a lay-in on the baseline as Navy would take the victory 73-56.

Maine returns home as it hosts James Madison on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Memorial Gym.

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