UMaine men’s basketball team opens America East play with win at Binghamton

Posted Jan. 02, 2012, at 9:27 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 02, 2012, at 9:51 p.m.

VESTAL, N.Y. — Sophomore forward Alasdair Fraser established a career high with 25 points to power the University of Maine to a 76-61 America East men’s basketball victory over Binghamton University at the Events Center.

The Black Bears (7-5, 1-0 AE) built a 13-point halftime lead, withstood a second-half charge by the Bearcats (0-13, 0-1 AE), then played well down the stretch to close out the victory.

It was the fourth win in five games for coach Ted Woodward’s team, which returns to action Saturday at Alfond Arena with a 2:30 p.m. game against the University of Maryland Baltimore County as part of a doubleheader with the women’s teams.

Fraser went 11-for-17 from the floor and pulled down eight rebounds.

Freshman guard Justin Edwards contributed 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Bears, who shot 49 percent (31-for-63) from the field and committed only five turnovers.

Gerald McLemore posted nine points, Kilian Cato netted eight and Raheem Singleton chipped in with six. Mike Allison grabbed six rebounds and blocked five shots.

Ben Dickinson paced Binghamton with 18 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots. Robert Mansell tallied 12 points and five boards for the Bearcats.

Binghamton surrendered 40 first-half points, but buckled down defensively after the break. The hosts actually trimmed the deficit to three at 51-48 on Jason Ralling’s close-range basket with 10:17 remaining.

However, Fraser scored four points during a 6-0 flurry that helped UMaine restore its advantage to 57-48 with 8:58 left.

The Bears manufactured a 40-27 halftime cushion with a well-rounded effort during the first 20 minutes.

Fraser scored nine points and McLemore connected for seven as UMaine placed nine different players in the scoring column. The Bears shot 50 percent (17-for-34) from the field in the half and outrebounded the Bearcats 20-14.

Binghamton shot 41 percent but had six turnovers.

Singleton and Xavier Pollard helped spark UMaine as it embarked on a key 15-3 run 11 1/2 minutes into the half.

Singleton opened the spurt with a free throw, before Dickinson answered for the Bearcats with a 3-pointer. Those would be Binghamton’s only points during a span of five minutes, 41 seconds.

Svetoslav Chetinov and Singleton scored layups 44 seconds apart to keep the Bears rolling, then Pollard drove in for a basket to kick off a three-point play that gave the Bears a 31-16 lead with 5:51 to play in the half.

Becker 72, St. Joseph’s 69

At Leiscester, Mass., Becker College held off a second-half surge from St. Joseph’s College to record the victory.

After Becker had led by as much as 12, St. Joe’s tied it late in the second half at 53-53 when Matt Medeiros nailed a 3-pointer. Becker responded, however, and held on for its fourth straight victory.

Terrance Favors paced the 6-3 winners with 22 points and Rajai Leggett added 17.

Zach O’Brien scored 21 points to lead St. Joe’s, now 6-3. Medeiros chipped in with 14 points and Chris Petzy netted 13.

Women’s Basketball

Williams 71, UNE 49

At Biddeford, Williams used a 27-4 scoring surge over the middle portion of the first half en route to the victory.

Williams, ranked 13th in the nation in Div. III, improved to 11-0 behind Claire Baecher’s 15 points and eight rebounds.

Beth Suggs paced 6-2 UNE with 17 points and Kelley Paradis added nine.

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