Far from home: UMaine basketball teams face far-flung opponents

Posted Jan. 10, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY

Time, site: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.; RAC Arena, Baltimore, Md.

Records: Maine 3-11 (1-1 America East); UMBC 4-11 (0-2)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 11-10, UMBC 68-67 on 2/2/13

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (16.8 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, 3.8 assists per game, 2.4 steals per game), 6-4 G/F Dimitry Akanda-Coronel (14.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg), 6-4 G Zarko Valjarevic (13.1 ppg, .429 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-7 G/F Kilian Cato (11.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg), 6-8 F Christian Ejiga (3.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg), 6-4 G Shaun Lawton (9.4 ppg, 4.5 apg, 2.3 spg); UMBC — 6-0 G Rodney Elliott (14.8 ppg, 3.7 apg, 1.5 spg), 6-6 F Chase Plummer (10.6 ppg, 6.0, 1.4 spg), 6-2 G Bryan Harris (10.5 ppg), 6-6 F Malik Garner (9.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg), 6-7 F Devarick Houston (5.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.6 spg)

Game notes: The Black Bears, who are 1-6 on the road this season, continue their road swing against the Retrievers. UMaine stumbled down the stretch in Thursday’s 80-65 loss at Hartford, during which Pollard scored a career-best 26 points on 11-for-18 shooting. UMBC, which lost to AE newcomer UMass Lowell on Sunday, took league champ Albany to overtime Wednesday in a 73-72 road setback.

Women’s Basketball

MAINE vs. BINGHAMTON

Time, site: Saturday, 2 p.m., Events Center, Vestal, N.Y.

Records: Maine 7-8 (1-1 America East), Binghamton (4-11, 1-1)

Series, last meeting: tied 12-12, Maine 74-68 on 2/16/14

Key players: Maine — 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (13.1 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game), 5-10 F Liz Wood (12.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.5 assists per game), 5-6 G Cherrish Wallace (8.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg), 5-8 G Sophie Weckstrom (5.2 ppg), 5-9 G Sigi Koizar (5.4 ppg, 2.5 apg), 6-2 F Mikaela Gustafsson (4.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg); Binghamton — 5-4 G Vaneeshia Paulk (7.7 ppg, 1.3 spg), 5-10 F Morgan Murphy (6.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg), 5-11 G Stephanie Jensen (6.2 ppg, 2.5 apg), 5-7 G Kim Albrecht (5.4 ppg), 6-2 F Julia Barac (5.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg)

Game notes: The Black Bears want to build on Wednesday’s 68-39 dismantling of UMBC in Bangor at Binghamton. UMaine looks to continue the kind of offensive chemistry that has it averaging 64.1 ppg on 43 percent shooting, including a league-best 34 percent from the 3-point line. Wallace, who was held out of Wednesday’s game as a precaution because of a potential eligibility issue, has been cleared to play by the NCAA. The Bearcats have won three of their last four coming off Tuesday’s 65-64 win at UMass Lowell. Binghamton is averaging only 50.1 ppg.

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