Coach Woodward: Team defense, muscle on the boards, offensive energy and execution keys for UMaine men against UMBC

Posted Jan. 04, 2013, at 6:46 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY

Time, site: noon Saturday, Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 6-8 (1-0 America East), UMBC 2-12 (0-1)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 11-9, Maine 77-76 on 2/4/12

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Justin Edwards (17.9 points per game, 5.1 rebounds per game), 6-8 F Alasdair Fraser (13.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg), 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (10.5 ppg, 4.4 apg), 6-6 G Jon Mesghna (7.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (6.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg), 6-8 F Till Gloger (3.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg); UMBC — 6-2 G Ryan Cook (16.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg), 6-6 F Chase Plummer (10.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg), 6-10 F/C Brett Roseboro (10.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg), 6-4 G Brian Neller (7.9 ppg), 5-11 G Aaron Morgan (6.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg)

Maine coach Ted Woodward’s keys to the game: “We must play great individual and team defense, be strong on the boards and play with great energy and execution on offense.”

Game notes: The Black Bears are riding the confidence of a three-game win streak, including Wednesday’s 69-61 victory over Boston University. UMBC, under interim head coach Aki Thomas, has dropped seven straight, including Wednesday’s 65-48 decision at Albany. The Terriers are 0-8 on the road.

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