Woodward: Black Bear men’s basketball must be sharp on defense, limit turnovers against Hartford

Posted Jan. 08, 2013, at 7:05 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. HARTFORD

Time, site: noon, Wednesday; Chase Arena, W. Hartford, Conn.

Records: Maine 7-8 (2-0 America East), Hartford 9-6 (2-0)

Series, last meeting: Hartford leads 33-26, Hartford 64-50 on 2/15/12

Key players: Maine —6-3 G Justin Edwards (17.9 points per game, 4.0 assists per game), 6-8 F Alasdair Fraser (13.5 ppg, 8.9 rebounds per game), 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (10.5 ppg, 4.5 apg), 6-6 G Jon Mesghna (8.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (7.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg), 6-8 F Till Gloger (3.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg); Hartford — 6-6 F Mark Nwakamma (13.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg), 6-2 G Yolonzo Moore II (9.8 ppg, 2.7 apg), 6-0 G Evan Cooper (8.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg), 6-0 G Wes Cole (7.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg), 6-6 F Nate Sikma (7.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

Coach Ted Woodward’s keys to the game: “We need to defend in transition and in the half-court against their versatile, balanced offense, and take care of the ball against their pressure defense.”

Game notes: An early share of first place in the league is on the line in this one. UMaine leads AE in scoring (69.5 ppg) and FG pct. (.450). Hartford is tops in 3-pointers (123), but ranks last in rebounding margin (minus-4.3). The Hawks are 5-2 at home.

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