Coach Woodward: UMaine must defend in transition, guard 3-point arc with urgency vs. Florida Gulf Coast

Posted Dec. 21, 2012, at 12:19 p.m.

Men’s Basketball


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

Records: Maine 3-8, Florida Gulf Coast 8-4

Series, last meeting: FGCU leads 1-0, 84-72 on 12/29/11

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Justin Edwards (16.3 ppg, 4.1 apg), 6-8 F Alasdair Fraser (12.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg), 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (10.6 ppg, 4.3 apg), 6-6 G Jon Mesghna (6.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (6.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg), 6-8 F Till Gloger (4.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg); FGCU — 6-3 G Bernard Thompson (14.7 ppg, 3.3 spg), 6-4 G Sherwood Brown (13.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg), 6-8 F Chase Fieler (10.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg), 6-9 F Eric McKnight (7.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg), 6-3 G Brett Comer (6.1 ppg, 5.9 apg).

Maine coach Ted Woodward’s keys to the game: “We have to defend in transition versus multiple scoring threats, guard the [3-point] arc with urgency and take care of the basketball.”

Game notes: The Black Bears need to play better defense after allowing 90-plus points in each of the last three games. UMaine has lost three straight and four of its last five. FGCU is 7-0 at home and 1-4 on the road. The Eagles have won two in a row and four of five.

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