Preview: Maine men’s basketball at Brown

Posted Dec. 22, 2011, at 8:25 p.m.

MAINE vs. BROWN

Time, site: Friday, 2 p.m.; Pizzitola Sports Center, Providence, R.I.

Records: Maine 5-4, Brown 5-7

Series, last meeting: Brown leads 7-5, Brown 62-54 on Dec. 4, 2010

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (21.5 points per game, 2.9 rpg), 6-3 G Justin Edwards (17.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.4 spg), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (13.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.6 bpg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (8.5 ppg, 4 bpg, 4.5 rpg), 5-9 G Andrew Rogers (5.1 ppg, 5.3 apg); Brown — 6-1 G Sean McGonagill (14.5 ppg, 5.8 apg, 1.6 spg), 6-3 G Stephen Albrecht (10.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), 6-8 F Andrew McCarthy (9.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.2 bpg), 6-5 G Matt Sullivan (8.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), 6-8 F Tyler Ponticelli (5.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg)

Outlook: Maine will be playing its third game in five days while Brown hasn’t played in 13 days due to final exams. Maine has won two in a row including Wednesday night’s come-from-behind 64-60 win over Eastern Illinois. This will feature an intriguing matchup of guards. McGonagill was the 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year and had a career-high 11 assists in a 90-80 win over Central Connecticut on Dec. 10. McLemore is one of the nation’s leading scorers and Edwards is among the top-scoring rookies. This will be Brown’s third America East opponent. Albany beat Brown 77-68 on Nov. 14 and New Hampshire triumphed 69-56 on Dec. 7.

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