Andrew Fleming had a game to remember Wednesday night.
The junior forward from Norway went 18-for-20 from the field and piled up a career-best 38 points to power the University of Maine to a lopsided 78-59 America East men’s basketball road victory over the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
The 6-foot-7 Fleming was virtually unstoppable as coach Richard Barron’s Black Bears improved to 4-18 overall and 2-5 in conference play. The former Oxford Hills High School star also led the team with eight rebounds and provided four steals and one assist while playing 35 minutes.
The 18 field goals by Fleming ties the America East single-game record.
Isaiah White tossed in 10 points with five rebounds and Terion Moss of Portland chipped in with nine points, seven rebounds, five assists, a steal and no turnovers. UMaine shot 52 percent from the floor (32-for-62), despite missing 15 of its 18 attempts from the 3-point arc.
The Black Bears racked up 46 points in the paint and committed only 10 turnovers compared to 20 for the River Hawks.
UMass Lowell (12-10, 4-3 AE) was led by C. Lutete, who went 10-for-15 shooting on his way to 26 points. He hit six 3-pointers.
Darius Henderson scored 12 points and Josh Gantz provided 10 for the River Hawks, who connected at 46 percent (23-for-50) from the field and made eight 3-pointers.
The Black Bears led wire to wire and pulled away with a 23-0 second-half surge. The River Hawks trailed only 39-36 4:01 into the period, but UMaine dominated during the next nine minutes.
The Black Bears held UMass Lowell scoreless during that span as the hosts suffered through 10 turnovers and an 0-for-5 shooting drought. By the time Gantz made a layup with 6:07 remaining, UMaine had already built a 26-point lead.
Fleming set the tone, opening the extended run with a basket. El Darwich provided a layup and two free throws, before Fleming scored five straight points. White’s jumper, a 3-pointer by Moss, a layup and a dunk by Fleming and Vilgot Larsson’s layup made up the game-clinching surge that provided the Black Bears with a 62-36 lead.
UMaine made its first push during the last 9-plus minutes of the first half. Grantz hit a jumper that had pulled UMass Lowell within two points and 19-17, but UMaine outscored the hosts 18-10 going into halftime to build a 37-27 advantage.
Fleming was the catalyst during that run, scoring 10 points including two dunks and a putback at the halftime buzzer.
UMaine is back in action at 1 p.m. Sunday with a home game against New Hampshire.