Coach Woodward: UMaine must rebound well against strong Quinnipiac squad

Junior point guard Xavier Pollard, pictured in a game against Boston University last January, is expected to be back in the UMaine lineup Monday against Quinnipiac after missing two games with a back injury.
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Junior point guard Xavier Pollard, pictured in a game against Boston University last January, is expected to be back in the UMaine lineup Monday against Quinnipiac after missing two games with a back injury. Buy Photo
By Pete Warner, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 24, 2013, at 6:14 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. QUINNIPIAC

Time, site: Monday, 7 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, Bangor

Records: Maine 1-3, Quinnipiac 3-1

Series, last meeting: Quinnipac leads 3-2, Maine 76-71 on 12/29/12

Key players: Maine — 6-4 G/F Dimitry Akanda-Coronel (20.0 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, 1.8 steals per game), 6-5 G Shaun Lawton (15.7 ppg, 6.7 assists per game, 2.7 spg), 6-4 G Zarko Valjarevic (14.0 ppg, .406 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (13.5 ppg, 3.0 apg), 6-0 G Troy Reid-Knight (7.5 ppg, 3.0 apg), 6-5 G/F Garet Beal (6.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.0 apg); Quinnipiac — 6-4 G Zaid Hearst (15.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg), 6-7 F Ike Azotam (14.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg), 5-11 G Umar Shannon (13.3 ppg), 5-10 G Kasim Chandler (12.0 ppg, 3.3 apg), 6-9 F Ousmane Drame (10.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg)

Coach Ted Woodward’s keys to the game: “We must rebound as a team. Quinnipiac is very big and strong inside. We have to play consistent defense for 40 minutes.”

Game notes: The Black Bears return home looking to snap a two-game losing streak. UMaine welcomes back point guard Pollard, who injured his back in a Nov. 10 fall against Fisher. The Bobcats have won two straight, including a 71-68 win against Hampton on Nov. 20. Quinnipiac has outrebounded its opponents in 36 consecutive games.

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