MAINE vs. STONY BROOK
Time, site: Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Stony Brook, New York
Records: Maine 3-21 (2-9 America East), Stony Brook 82-39 on 1/17/15
Series, last meeting: SBU leads 17-16, SBU 16-10 (7-4)
Key players: Maine — 5-10 G Kevin Little (11.8 points per game, 2.3 assists per game, .402 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-8 F Till Gloger (10.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, .523 FG pct.), 6-5 G Zarko Valjarevic (10.1 ppg), 6-5 G Shaun Lawton (10.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.0 spg), 5-11 G Aaron Calixte (7.1 ppg, 3.4 apg); Stony Brook — 6-8 F Jameel Warney (15.7 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, .523 FG pct.), 6-0 G Carson Puriefoy (14.0 ppg, 3.2 apg), 6-7 F Rayshaun McGrew (8.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg), 6-6 F Roland Nyama (6.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg), 6-4 G Kameron Mitchell (3.7 ppg, .417 3-pt. FG pct.)
Game notes: The Black Bears end a weeklong layoff by making the trek to Long Island to face the Seawolves. Last-place UMaine hopes to build off its 67-64 win over Binghamton on Feb. 7. Stony Brook, which sits fourth in the AE standings, ended a two-game losing streak by beating UMBC 73-61 on Wednesday. UMaine’s challenges are to contain a balanced SBU offense that features Warney inside and Puriefoy on the perimeter and to find ways to score against a Seawolves defense that has afforded opponents only 57.7 ppg in league play. SBU shot 62 percent in the first meeting. The Bears are 1-12 on the road this season, while SBU, the AE’s best rebounding squad, is 9-2 at home. UMaine sophomore Garet Beal of Beals Island remains sidelined with a fractured rib.
MAINE vs. STONY BROOK
Time, site: Sunday, 2 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, Bangor
Records: Maine 18-6 (10-1 America East), Stony Brook 58-55
Series, last meeting: SBU leads 17-14, Maine
Key players: Maine — 5-8 G Sigi Koizar (14.3 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, 2.8 assists per game, 1.7 steals per game), 5-10 F Liz Wood (14.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.8 spg, .502 FG pct.), 6-4 F Anna Heise (7.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, .545 FG pct.), 5-8 G Sophie Weckstrom (8.1 ppg), 6-2 F Mikaela Gustafsson (4.3 ppg), 5-10 G/F Chantel Charles (3.8 ppg, 1.9 apg); Stony Brook — 6-0 F Sabre Proctor (15.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg), 5-5 G Kori Bayne-Walker (10.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.5 apg), 6-0 F Brittany Snow (10.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, .516 FG pct.), 6-1 G Jessica Ogunnorin (7.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg), 5-9 G Chris Scognamiglio (7.7 ppg)
Game notes: The quest for the regular-season title continues for the Black Bears, who seek their 11th consecutive victory. This is UMaine’s Play4Kay game to raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Coach Richard Barron will sport pink hair and have his head shaved if $10,000 is pledged. UMaine handled UMass Lowell 74-46 on Wednesday, while the Seawolves have won three straight, including Wednesday’s 74-41 drubbing of UMBC. SBU presents a tough matchup for UMaine because of its overall quickness and tenacity. SBU also guards tightly on the perimeter, so 3-pointers may not come as easily, but it could open up the paint. The Bears, 11-2 at home, must limit the Seawolves to one shot. SBU is 4-1 in AE road games.