UMaine men’s basketball eyes second straight win at Hartford

Posted Jan. 08, 2014, at 5 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 08, 2014, at 6:21 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. HARTFORD

Time, site: Thursday, 7 p.m., Chase Arena, West Hartford, Conn.

Records: Maine 3-10 (1-0 America East), Hartford 5-10 (0-1)

Series, last meeting: Hartford leads 36-28, Hartford 66-64 on 2/13/13

Key players: Maine — 6-4 G/F Dimitry Akanda-Coronel (15.5 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game), 6-4 G Zarko Valjarevic (13.2 ppg), 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (15.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.0 assists per game), 6-7 G/F Kilian Cato (13.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg), 6-8 F Christian Ejiga (3.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg), 6-4 G Shaun Lawton (9.8 ppg, 4.8 apg, 2.5 steals per game); Hartford — 6-6 F Mark Nwakamma (16.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg), 6-2 G Yolonzo Moore (10.1 ppg, 2.4 apg), 6-7 F Nate Sikma (8.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg), 6-0 G Evan Cooper (8.1 ppg), 6-0 G Wes Cole (7.6 ppg)

Outlook: The Black Bears hope to gain some momentum from Sunday’s 82-66 home win over Binghamton. It was their best defensive effort of the season. The Hawks are coming off Tuesday’s 68-56 victory at Dartmouth, which ended a two-game skid. UMaine features a balanced offense that leads the league in scoring (77.6 ppg). The Bears rank last in AE scoring defense (87.5 ppg). A key challenge will be limiting Nwakamma inside. UMaine is without freshman PG Troy Reid-Knight, who is out with concussion-like symptoms after taking a spill against Binghamton.

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