Preview: UMaine men’s basketball vs. Florida Gulf Coast

Posted Dec. 28, 2011, at 10:14 p.m.

Men’s Basketball


Time, site: 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Alico Arena, Fort Myers, Fla.

Records: Maine 6-4, Florida Gulf Coast 4-7

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Series, last meeting: 1st meeting

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (20.2 ppg, .500 FG pct., .421 3-pt. FG pct., .909 FT pct.), 6-3 G Justin Edwards (17.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.2 spg, .523 FG pct., .476 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (13.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg, .532 FG pct.), 5-9 G Andrew Rogers (4.8 ppg, 4.9 apg), 6-0 G Raheem Singleton (6.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.5 apg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (8.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.7 bpg); FGCU — 6-4 G Sherwood Brown (11.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.5 spg, .506 FG pct.), 6-3 G Bernard Thompson (11.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.9 spg), 6-3 G Christophe Varidel (10.2 ppg, .519 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-3 G Brett Comer (8.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.3 apg), 6-8 F Chase Fieler (6.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

Outlook: The Black Bears will try to close out their nonleague schedule with their fourth straight win. UMaine is coming off Friday’s 71-58 win at Brown. The team has been bolstered by the return of Allison and some quality bench minutes from freshman Xavier Pollard in complementing the offensive contributions of McLemore, Edwards and Fraser. The Eagles last played Dec. 22 and beat Toledo 83-80. FGCU has lost seven games by an average of less than four points, including one-point losses to Texas Christian, Southern Methodist and Nebraska. The Eagles appear to get most of their production from the backcourt and feature good overall depth. This could be a high-scoring affair.

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