Coach Woodward: Rebounding, consistent defense keys for UMaine men against Dartmouth

Posted Nov. 29, 2013, at 5:28 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. DARTMOUTH

Time, site: Sunday, 2 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, Bangor

Records: Maine 1-4, Dartmouth 2-1

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Series, last meeting: Dartmouth 67-54 on 11/10/12

Key players: Maine — 6-4 G/F Dimitry Akanda-Coronel (19.6 points per game, 1.6 steals per game), 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (15.0 ppg, 3.3 apg), 6-5 G Shaun Lawton (14.5 ppg, 4.5 rebounds per game, 5.5 apg, 2.8 spg), 6-4 G Zarko Valjarevic (12.0 ppg), 6-5 G/F Garet Beal (6.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.2 apg), 6-7 F Marko Pirovic (5.8 ppg); Dartmouth — 6-2 G Tyler Melville (12.3 ppg, .583 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-7 F Connor Boehm (11.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg), 6-9 F/C Gabas Maldunas (11.3 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 blocks per game), 5-11 G Alex Mitola (11.0 ppg), 6-8 F John Golden (10.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg)

Coach Ted Woodward’s keys to the game: “Rebounding is No. 1, consistent defense for 40 (minutes) is No. 2, and offensive flow and execution (are No. 3).”

Game notes: The Black Bears look to halt a three-game losing streak in facing the Big Green. UMaine hopes to shore up its frontcourt presence after being outrebounded by 10.6 per game thus far. The Bears also have surrendered 91.8 ppg. Beal is day to day with a knee ailment.

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