Preview: University of Maine women’s and men’s basketball vs. Binghamton

Posted Jan. 27, 2012, at 7:06 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. BINGHAMTON

Time, site: 2 p.m. Saturday, Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 9-10 (3-5 America East), Binghamton 0-20 (0-8)

Series, last meeting: Binghamton leads 12-11, Maine 76-61 on 1/2/12

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (18.1 ppg, .403 3-pt. FG pct., .913 FT pct.), 6-3 G Justin Edwards (15.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.6 spg), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (13.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.2 bpg, .548) FG pct.), 6-0 G Raheem Singleton (8.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.0 spg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (6.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.6 bpg, .501 FG pct.), 5-9 G Andrew Rogers (3.7 ppg, 3.9 apg, 1.0 spg); Binghamton — 6-4 G Robert Mansell (15.0 ppg, .775 FT pct.), 6-8 F Ben Dickinson (12.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.4 apg), 6-3 G Chris Longoria (7.6 ppg), 6-0 G Jimmy Gray (6.4 ppg, 3.5 apg, 1.9 spg), 6-8 F Omar Richards (4.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, .500 FG pct.).

Outlook: The Black Bears were able to take a deep breath after snapping a five-game losing streak Wednesday with an 80-69 victory at New Hampshire. McLemore ended a two-game funk, pouring in a game-high 25 points, and UMaine reignited its offense. The Bearcats could be dangerous, as they have yet to win. Binghamton made a strong showing in Wednesday’s 74-68 loss at Albany. The Bearcats are amidst a youth movement, primarily relying on underclassmen. Dickinson could challenge UMaine’s Edwards for the AE Rookie of the Year honor. The sixth-place Bears, who have beaten Binghamton five straight times, hope to continue the kind of balanced rebounding they exhibited at UNH.

Women’s Basketball

MAINE vs. BINGHAMTON

Time, site: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 5-16 (2-6 America East), Binghamton 10-11 (4-4)

Series, last meeting: Binghamton leads 46-27, Binghamton 72-54 on 1/2/12

Key players: Maine — 6-3 F Samantha Baranowski (8.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .525 FG pct.), 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (8.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (8.0 ppg, .745 FT pct.), 5-10 G/F Becca Knight (4.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg), 5-6 G Courtney Anderson (5.3 ppg, 2.9 apg), 6-2 C Corinne Wellington (4.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg); Binghamton — 5-6 G Andrea Holmes (14.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.4 spg), 6-1 G Orla O’Reilly (12.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg), 6-1 F Viive Rebane (11.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.1 spg, 1.2 bpg), 5-8 G Jasbriell Swain (6.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg), 5-10 F Kara Elofson (5.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg).

Outlook: The Black Bears continue to seek improvement as they take on the Great Danes. UMaine was inconsistent in Wednesday’s 66-50 loss to New Hampshire, experiencing lapses at both ends of the floor. Binghamton has settled into the middle of the AE pack (fourth place). The Bearcats lost a defensive struggle 37-36 Wednesday at Albany after winning the previous two games. Binghamton has struggled offensively, averaging only 51.8 ppg in league play, but is strong defensively (51.6 ppg). UMaine is likely to again be without Danielle Walczak (eye injury), meaning it has only two post players in Baranowski and Wellington. The Bearcats do not shoot free throws well (.603 in league play).

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