Coach Woodward says defense, especially in transition, and limiting turnovers keys in America East opener against Boston U.

Posted Jan. 01, 2013, at 7:11 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Time, site: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 5-8 (0-0 America East), Boston University 6-7 (0-0)

Series, last meeting: Boston U. leads 58-40, BU 67-54 on 2/9/12

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Justin Edwards (18.5 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game), 6-8 F Alasdair Fraser (13.0 ppg, 9.4 rpg), 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (10.3 ppg, 4.5 apg), 6-6 G Jon Mesghna (7.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (6.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg), 6-8 F Till Gloger (3.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg); BU — 6-0 G D.J. Irving (14.7 ppg, 3.4 apg), 6-7 F Dom Morris (11.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg), 5-10 G Maurice Watson Jr. (10.2 ppg, 4.7 apg), 6-3 G John Papale (7.8 ppg), 6-7 G/F Malik Thomas (7.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg)

Maine coach Ted Woodward’s keys to the game: “We must guard them in transition and play great defense against a very talented, balanced offensive attack. We also have to take care of the ball and execute on offense.”

Game notes: The Bears have won two straight and look to open their AE schedule on a positive note. UMaine is 3-1 at home this season. The Terriers beat Howard 71-44 on Saturday. BU, which will join the Patriot League during 2013-14, is not eligible for the AE tournament this winter.

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