June 21, 2018
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Woodward: Black Bear men’s basketball must limit dynamic scoring guards to slow balanced Albany attack

Men’s Basketball


Time, site: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; SEFCU Arena, Albany, N.Y.

Records: Maine 7-9 (2-1 America East), Albany 13-4 (2-1)

Series, last meeting: tied 11-11, Albany 76-68 on 2/11/12

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Justin Edwards (17.8 points per game, 4.2 assists per game), 6-8 F Alasdair Fraser (13.7 ppg, 8.8 rebounds per game), 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (10.0 ppg, 4.3 apg), 6-6 G Jon Mesghna (8.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (7.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg), 6-8 F Till Gloger (3.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg); Albany — 6-0 G Mike Black (15.5 ppg, 2.9 apg), 5-10 G Jacob Iati (14.5 ppg), 6-6 F Sam Rowley (7.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg), 6-4 G Peter Hooley (7.2 ppg, 1.4 apg), 6-9 C Blake Metcalf (4.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

Coach Ted Woodward’s keys to the game: “We have to stop a very balanced offensive attack and their dynamic scoring guards. We need to rebound as a team and execute offensively while keeping turnovers low.”

Game notes: The Black Bears had their four-game win streak snapped Wednesday in a 68-61 loss at Hartford. UMaine hits the road to face Albany, winner of four of its last five, at the site of this year’s AE tourney. UMaine must again focus on defending the 3-point arc, especially against Iati (.429 3-pt. pct.).

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