Men’s College Basketball
MAINE vs. NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Time, site: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Estelle and Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center, Newark, N.J.
Records: Maine 1-5, NJIT 4-4
Series, last meeting: Maine leads 2-1, NJIT 88-82 on 11/19/13
Key players: Maine — 6-4 G Dimitry Akanda-Coronel (17.3 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, 1,8 assists per game), 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (15 ppg, 3.3 apg), 6-4 G Zarko Valjarevic (12.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg), 6-5 G Shaun Lawton (12.6 ppg, 4.8 apg, 3.6 rpg, 2.6 steals per game), 6-6 G Garet Beal (7 ppg, 4 rpg, 3 apg), 6-7 F Ethan Mackey (4.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg); NJIT — 5-11 G Damon Lynn (20.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.9 apg), 6-6 G Terrence Smith (13.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg), 6-0 G Winfield Willis (9.9 ppg. 3.1 rpg, 2.6 apg), 6-3 G Ky Howard (9.3 ppg, 4.3 apg), 6-5 F Tim Coleman (7.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg), 6-2 G Nigel Sydnor (6.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
Coach Ted Woodward’s keys to the game: “We must defensively stop them in transition and in the half-court. We must rebound the ball and box them out to keep them off the glass and we must have offensive balance and execution.”
Game notes: The Black Bears look to avenge last month’s loss to the Highlanders. In three of its last four losses, Maine has been outscored by an average of 21 points in the second half. The Bears have allowed 95.2 points per game in their five losses. Lynn scored 24 in the win over Maine so the Black Bears have to do a better job guarding him. Pollard was injured and didn’t play in their first meeting. NJIT has lost two in a row, both at home. Akanda-Coronel had a career-high 29 points vs. NJIT.