Woodward: UMaine men have to guard BU shooters at 3-point arc

Posted Feb. 04, 2013, at 7:11 p.m.

MAINE vs. BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Time, site: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Case Gym, Boston

Records: Maine 8-14 (3-6 America East), Boston U. 11-11 (5-4)

Series, last meeting: BU leads 58-41, Maine 63-58 on 1/2/13

Key players: Maine — 6-8 F Alasdair Fraser (13.8 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game), 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (9.9 ppg, 4.4 assists per game), 6-6 G Jon Mesghna (7.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (6.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg), 6-3 G Zarko Valjarevic (7.6 ppg) 6-3 G Justin Edwards (17.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg); BU — 6-0 G D.J. Irving (14.5 ppg, 3.5 apg), 6-7 F Dom Morris (11.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg), 5-10 G Maurice Watson Jr. (10.6 ppg, 4.8 apg), 6-3 John Papale (8.6 ppg), 6-7 F Malik Thomas (7.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg)

Coach Ted Woodward’s keys to the game: “We need to guard them on the arc, since they are the best team from 3[-point range] in the league. We have to excel on the board, take care of the ball and execute on offense.”

Game notes: The Black Bears hope to end a three-game skid and avoid falling into seventh place. Edwards (sprained ankle) is on the trip, but is listed as a “game-time decision.” UMaine must contend with a group of BU guards whose .379 3-point percentage is tops in league play. The Terriers have won three of their last four, but lost to Hartford 66-58 Saturday. BU, bound for the Patriot League, is ineligible for next month’s league tourney.

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