|UMaine||Stony Brook University|
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Down by 20 points with 12 minutes to go in the second half, the Maine Black Bears came back to take a lead with 19 seconds remaining, but Stony Brook recorded a game-winning 3-pointer with four seconds remaining to defeat Maine 71-70 at Island Federal Credit Union Arena on Wednesday night.
Maine falls to 3-13 on the season and 0-1 in the America East, while Stony Brook improves to 6-9 and 1-0 in conference play.
Stony Brook held a 56-36 lead with 12:42 left in the second half, but the Black Bears clawed back to within 10 points at 62-52 with 5:58 left. Dennis Ashley followed with a 3-pointer to cut the Seawolves’ lead to 62-55. Stony Brook countered with a layup, but Ashley responded with another 3-pointer for a to slice the Seawolves’ advatnage to just six at 64-58.
Following two Seawolves free throws, Ilija Stojiljkovic and Isaiah White hit back-to-back treys to cut the Stony Brook lead to just two points at 64-66. Calixte tied the contest at 66-66 on a layup with 2:09 left, but Stony Brook capitalized on a layup opportunity with 39 seconds remaining to retake the lead.
Calixte connected on a contested 3-pointer with just 19 seconds left which gave the Black Bears their first lead since the 13:07 mark in the first half. The shot was under official review for several minutes, but eventually was counted and also awarded Andrew Fleming two free throws. Fleming made his first attempt to extend Maine’s lead to 70-68.
With four seconds remaining, Stony Brook’s UC Iroegbu sunk a deep 3-pointer, which proved to be the game-winner.
Once again, Calixte (21 points) shined for the Black Bears, reaching the 20-point mark for the third time this season. The redshirt-junior shot an efficient 8-for-12 from the floor, with 2-for-4 going in from long range. Maine’s leading scorer ran the offense well from the point, tallying a season-high eight assists against the Seawolves. He also tied for the team-high with White with five rebounds and has two steals.
Calixte’s consecutive free throw streak came to an end on Wednesday night, which ended with a UMaine record of 37 free throw attempts made in a row.
White drained 15 points on the night, and added two steals in 29 minutes of action. He has now reached double-figures in scoring in three games this season. Stojiljkovic added 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting, and 2-of-3 from long distance.
The comeback came on a 31-13 run during the final 12 minutes. Maine drained five of their nine 3-pointers in the final 5:33 of the contest. The Black Bears held advantages in field goal percentages (45.8 percent to 40.0 percent), 3-point field goal percentage (34.6 percent to 25.0 percent) steals (10-8), and points in the paint (28-26).
Akwasi Yeboah tallied 20 points to lead Stony Brook in scoring. Junior Saintel and Tyrell Sturdivant each added 10 points.
Maine closes out its season long six-game road trip with a trip to Vestal, N.Y. to play Binghamton on Saturday afternoon. The Black Bears and Bearcats are slated to tipoff at 1:00 p.m. at the Events Center.