Coach Woodward: UMaine men must defend 3-point line against Albany in league quarterfinals

Posted March 08, 2013, at 7:47 p.m.

No. 5 MAINE vs. No. 4 ALBANY

Time, site: 8 p.m. Saturday, SEFCU Arena, Albany, N.Y.

Records: Maine 10-18, Albany 21-10

Series, last meeting: tied 12-12, Maine 66-52 on 2/9/13

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Justin Edwards (16.7 points per game, 5.1 rebounds per game), 6-8 F Alasdair Fraser (13.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg), 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (9.6 ppg, 4.4 assists per game), 6-9 F Mike Allison (6.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg), 6-3 G Zarko Valjarevic (8.7 ppg); Albany — 6-0 G Mike Black (15.1 ppg, 2.5 apg), 5-10 G Jacob Iati (12.2 ppg, .414 3-pt. pct.), 6-4 G Peter Hooley (8.0 ppg, 3.1 apg), 6-6 F Sam Rowley (9.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg), 6-10 C John Puk (5.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg).

Coach Ted Woodward’s keys to the game: “We’ve got to do a great job defensively and we’ve got to do it for 40 minutes. It really comes down to the 3-point line. We have to do a great job getting out and defending it. We’re hoping to be up on the glass and not have a lot of turnovers.”

Game notes: The Black Bears enter the postseason having lost three straight. UMaine has dropped seven consecutive AE tournament games dating back to 2006. Albany is 3-3 in its last six games but is 5-3 at home in league contests. The teams split their regular-season meetings, each winning at home. UMaine is 1-7 in AE road games this winter.

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