BANGOR – Dartmouth College shot 55 percent from the field in the second half and controlled the rebounding Sunday afternoon while pulling away for an 81-56 men’s basketball victory over the University of Maine at the Cross Insurance Center.
The Big Green (3-1) led by nine points at halftime, but outscored the Black Bears (1-5) 30-19 over the final 12:07 to take the win.
Coach Ted Woodward’s UMaine team received double-digit efforts from Zarko Valjarevic and Till Gloger. Valjarevic shot 7 of 12 from the field and 3 of 7 from 3-point range as he tallied 17 points.
Gloger tallied 10 points and eight rebounds for the Black Bears, who have lost four in a row. Dimitry Akanda-Coronel added six points and five assists and Garet Beals of Beals Island chipped in with eight points.
UMaine was without junior point guard and No. 2 scorer Xavier Pollard (15 points per game), who was serving a one-game suspension for violating team policy.
The Big Green had four players tally double-digits, paced by Alex Mitola’s 19 points. Dartmouth had plenty of scoring balance behind Connor Boehm (15 points), Malik Gill (14 points) and John Golden (12 points).
UMaine led 18-13 in the first half, but lost its shooting touch. Dartmouth began to take control of the contest at the latter part of the first half, using a 14-5 run to take a 39-30 halftime lead.
UMaine takes to the road for a two-game slate first playing New Jersey Tech on Wednesday and Connecticut on Friday. Both games are slated for 6 p.m.
At Bangor on Sunday, Phil Leighton tossed in 18 points as Husson University earned a victory over Nichols at Newman Gymnasium.
The Eagles (4-0) led by more than 20 points at one point in the second half, but held off a charge by the Bison (3-3).
Husson placed five players in double figures, including Brooks Spaulding (14 points, 5 rebounds), Donte Cottonham (13 points), Raheem Anderson (11 points, 7 rebounds), and Corey Wood (10 points, 4 assists).
The Eagles shot 53 percent (10-for-19) from beyond the 3-point arc and went 22-for-32 from the foul line.
Marlon Bennett tossed in a game-high 23 points and Ryan Sheehan nette 18 for Nichols.
The Eagles are back in actionTuesday with a 5:30 p.m. North Atlantic Conference game against Thomas College of Waterville.
At Waterville on Sunday, Katie Loiselle played a part in three of the four goals to help the University of Massachusetts Boston hold on for a victory over Colby College at Alfond Rink.
UMass-Boston (2-6-1) scored three times in the first period and later led 4-1 before the Mules fought back for two goals in the final 14 minutes.
Colby (3-3 overall), playing without regular goaltender Brianne Wheeler, gave up three goals in a span of about six minutes of the first period.
Katie Loiselle scored twice for the Beacons, while Samantha Fallon and Jenny Currie added one each. Moe Bradley made 21 saves.
Megan Fortier netted two goals and Samantha Slotnick provided one for the Mules. Angelia Crites racked up 27 saves.