DURHAM, N.H. — Gerald McLemore scored 25 points and Alasdair Fraser added 22 points and 10 rebounds as the University of Maine men’s basketball team ended its five-game losing streak with an 80-69 America East victory over the University of New Hampshire at Lundholm Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
Maine is now 9-10 overall, 3-5 in conference play, while UNH drops to 7-12 overall, 2-6 in America East conference games.
“It was a gut-check win against a big rival,” said Maine assistant coach Doug Leichner during a postgame interview on WAEI-AM radio. “We defended very well in the first half, and we got out in transition. That’s our game.”
Maine, which had averaged just 50.5 points in its last two losses, shot 52 percent (30 of 58) from the field in getting its offense untracked and overcoming a 12-for-28 (43 percent) shooting performance by UNH from beyond the 3-point arc.
McLemore shot 7 of 11 from the field overall and 3 of 5 from 3-point range while also making 8 of 9 free-throw attempts. Fraser shot 9 of 14 from the field, while freshman Justin Edwards contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds.
“The big three played like the big three,” said Leichner of McLemore, Fraser and Edwards.
Point guard Raheem Singleton added nine points and six assists for the Black Bears.
UNH got 17 points from Chandler Rhoads, 16 from Patrick Konan and 15 points and seven rebounds from Brian Benson. The Wildcats shot just 37.7 percent (23 of 61) overall.
Maine moved out to a 37-34 halftime lead, then maintained a lead down the stretch.
UNH did get as close as 69-66 on a follow-up basket by Benson with 4:05 remaining, but Edwards countered with a runner from the lane to give Maine a five-point cushion.
Ferg Myrick made 1 of 2 from the line with 3:30 left to draw UNH within 71-67 before McLemore answered with a 3-pointer from the top of the circle to stretch Maine’s lead out to seven points.
A follow-up basket by Konan pulled UNH within two possessions, but Fraser made two free throws and later scored after grabbing an offensive rebound before Singleton added two free throws to cap off the Black Bears’ game ending 6-0 run.
Husson 77, Bates 75
At Newman Gymnasium in Bangor, Husson University held on for its first nonconference victory of the season.
Husson (7-10) held an eight-point lead with 45 seconds left, but 3-pointers by Bates’ Luke Matarazzo and Mark Brust cut the margin to 77-75 with 22 seconds left. Husson’s Phil Leighton made 1 of 2 from the line to give the Eagles a three-point lead, which held up when Bates missed on three 3-point tries in the final seconds.
Marc Zaharchuk came off the bench to lead Husson with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Daeshawn McMorrin, Luis Medina and Mike Gonzales each added 11 points.
John Squires led 10-7 Bates of Lewiston with 22 points and 19 rebounds, while Ed Bogdanovich had 12 points and seven rebounds and Matarazzo scored 11 points.
UMM 77, UMPI 63
At Machias, the University of Maine at Machias jumped out to a 37-23 halftime lead en route to the victory.
Hampton Mack led the Clippers with 20 points, while Will Lewis had 16 points and 10 assists, David Mendez scored 13 points and Jeremy Tolbert added 11. Zach Armstrong pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds for UMM.
Patrick Manifold led UMaine-Presque Isle with game-high totals of 24 points and 18 rebounds. Michael Warner added 10 points and Aaron Hutchins scored nine for the Owls.
Bowdoin 74, MMA 48
At Castine, Alexa Barry scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Bowdoin College cruised to the victory over Maine Maritime Academy.
Sara Binkhorst added 10 points for the 13-5 Polar Bears.
Sam Goda led 8-8 Maine Maritime with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Maggie Smith had nine points and six rebounds and Leah Jackson had seven points and eight rebounds.
UMPI 45, UMM 41
At Machias, Emily Pelletier scored 15 points, including four 3-pointers, as the University of Maine at Presque Isle knocked off UMaine-Machias.
Rashell Saucier added 12 points and pulled down a season-high 18 rebounds for the 7-10 Owls, who rallied from a 26-19 halftime deficit to win for the third time in their last four games.
Samira Cruz led 11-8 Maine-Machias with 15 points, while Becca Young had 12 points and 13 rebounds and Dana Houghton scored eight points.