OREM, Utah—Raheem Singleton scored six points in overtime as the University of Maine nipped Utah Valley 71-66 Friday night in the teams’ season opener.
Maine’s opposition steps up a notch when the Black Bears face Maryland of the Atlantic Coast Conference at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Singleton was already a hero for the Bears after he made a jumper from the elbow with less than a second left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Troy Barnies also had a strong game with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Maine opened up the game on a 7-2 run after Murphy Burnatowski swished a 3-pointer, but the Wolverines came back to tie the game at seven.
The teams stayed within a basket of each other until a Malachi Peay layup put the Black Bears up 19-16 with 8:50 to go in the first half.
Utah Valley scored the next seven points to take the lead, but a Gerald McLemore 3-pointer brought Maine within one at 23-22.
Peay and McLemore hit jumpers to put Maine up 26-23 with four minutes left to play in the first half.
The Wolverines hit a pair of free throws, but McLemore canned a pair as well to give Maine a 28-25 lead with just under two minutes to play.
Utah Valley answered with two free throws, but four straight free throws by Maine gave the Black Bears a 32-27 lead at halftime.
McLemore led the Black Bears with nine points in the first half, and Burnatwoski added seven.
In the second half, the Wolverines opened up with a 16-4 run, taking a 43-36 lead just under six minutes into the second half.
The Black Bears responded, going on a 10-3 run to tie the game at 46 with just under nine minutes left in the game. The Wolverines responded to take a 55-53 lead, but a pair of free throws by Peay with 2:45 left in regulation tied the game again.
The teams matched free throws to make it 56 all with 42 seconds left, and Utah Valley took a 58-56 lead on free throws with nine seconds left to set up Singleton’s heroics.
In overtime, Singleton scored the first four points, and six in the Black Bears’ 10-0 run to open overtime and seal the win. Barnies added the other four in the run, including a dunk on a fast break with an assist from Singleton.
Singleton finished with 15 points, three rebounds and three assists, while Peay added 13 points and three rebounds. McLemore scored 11 to go with three steals.
Geddes Robinson topped the Wolverines with a game-high 17 points plus seven rebounds. Jordan Swarbrick and Ben Aird added 16 points apiece.
Maine shot 52 percent from the field while limiting Utah Valley to 34 percent shooting.
Austin Peay 64, Saint Louis 62
ST. LOUIS — Tyshwan Edmondson made a pair of free throws with four seconds left to lift Austin Peay to a 64-62 win over Saint Louis on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Edmondson finished with 17 points for the Governors, shooting 6 for 9 from the field, while Josh Terry scored a game-high 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting.
The Billikens were ahead by eight points midway through the second half after a 22-10 run to start the period. But the Governors battled back and it was tied 62-62 with less than a minute to go.
The teams exchanged turnovers in the final minute before the Billikens’ Christian Salecich sent Edmondson to the line with four seconds to go.
Kyle Cassity led Saint Louis with 16 points on 7 of 10 shooting.
Gonzaga 117, Southern 72
SPOKANE, Wash. — Steven Gray made five 3-pointers, handed out nine assists and scored 25 points to lead No. 12 Gonzaga to a 117-72 season-opening win over Southern University on Friday night.
Gonzaga had six players score in double figures. Sam Dower scored 15 points, Elias Harris and Mathis Monninghoff added 12 each, Robert Sacre contributed 11 and Kelly Olynyk finished with 10.
Madut Bol led Southern with 12 points, while Julius Ingram, Patrick Coleman and Jameel Grace each scored nine. The Jaguars shot 41.1 percent from the field.
The Bulldogs led 56-30 at halftime and extended the lead to 91-50 with 7:57 remaining. Gonzaga emptied its bench, letting 12 players play in the game. Gonzaga’s biggest lead was 48 points.
Gonzaga started slow, holding a 22-20 lead with 9:55 remaining in the first half. But the Bulldogs woke up and went on a 31-7 run over the last 7:45 of the half to take a 56-30 lead.
Gonzaga used its taller lineup to wear down the Jaguars. Gonzaga started two 7-footers, Sacre and Olynyk, and controlled the paint by holding a 57-16 rebounding margin. Gonzaga made 13 of 22 3-pointers and shot 54.2 percent (39 of 71) from the field.
Southern didn’t have the size to battle Gonzaga in the paint with their tallest starter, Quinton Doggett, listed at 6-8.
Gonzaga and Southern have never faced each other although the programs are familiar with each other because Southern’s athletic director, Greg LaFleur, is the father of Sacre, Gonzaga’s center. LaFleur was a tight end in the NFL from 1981-86.
Gonzaga returned four starters from last season but lost Matt Bouldin, their leader and top scorer, to graduation. The backcourt is the big question mark heading into the season.
The Bulldogs went 27-7 last season, 12-2 in the West Coast Conference, and lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Gonzaga is coming off its 10th consecutive West Coast Conference championship.
This was the first of three games in five days for Gonzaga. IUPUI comes to town on Sunday, followed by No. 25 San Diego State on Tuesday. Southern travels to Washington State on Saturday.