UMaine men’s basketball team to play UMass Lowell in final road contest

Posted Feb. 26, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 26, 2014, at 6:31 p.m.
Junior guard Xavier Pollard, pictured in a Feb. 1 game, continues to lead the University of Maine men's basketball team in scoring at 15.1 points per game.
Junior guard Xavier Pollard, pictured in a Feb. 1 game, continues to lead the University of Maine men's basketball team in scoring at 15.1 points per game. Buy Photo

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. UMASS LOWELL

Time, site: Thursday, 7 p.m., Costello Athletic Center, Lowell, Mass.

Records: Maine 5-21 (3-11 America East), UML 9-18 (7-8)

Series, last meeting: UMass Lowell leads 4-2, UML 74-62 on 1/23/14

Key players: 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (15.1 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, 3.9 assists per game, 1.6 steals per game), 6-5 G Dimitry Akanda-Coronel (11.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg), 6-4 G Zarko Valjarevic (11.4 ppg, .439 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-4 G Shaun Lawton (7.8 ppg, 4.4 apg, 1.9 spg), 6-7 F Till Gloger (6.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg), 6-7 F Ethan Mackey (5.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg); UML — 5-10 G Akeem Williams (15.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.3 spg, .813 FT pct.), 6-5 G Antonio Bivins (13.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg), 5-10 G Chad Holley (10.1 ppg, 3.3 apg, 1.2 spg), 6-2 G D.J. Mlachnik (7.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg), 6-5 F Tyler Livingston (7.1 ppg).

Game notes: The Black Bears hope to generate a bit of momentum heading into next week’s AE tournament in Albany. UMaine has lost five straight, most recently an 83-79 setback against Stony Brook on Sunday. The River Hawks, coming off Saturday’s 58-52 win over New Hampshire, are playing their final game. As a provisional Division I member UML is not eligible for the postseason until 2017-2018. UMaine continues to rank last in AE play in scoring defense (78.6 ppg), FG percentage defense (.473) and turnover margin (minus-3.2). Williams is the top scorer in conference play (17.8 ppg) for UML, which is proficient at getting to the foul line (71 percent).

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