Maine native Andrew Fleming turned in a memorable performance for the University of Maine men’s basketball team in Wednesday night’s 78-59 America East victory at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
The 6-foot-7 junior forward tied an America East record with 18 field goals against the River Hawks, an effort that was highlighted with a segment on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
According to ESPN and Stats and Info, Fleming became the first player over at least the last 20 seasons to make 90 percent when attempting at least 20 field goals in a single game. During that span, more than 13,000 players have attempted at least 20 field goals in a game, but no player other than Fleming has made 90 percent of those attempts.
Fleming, a graduate of Oxford Hills High School in South Paris, matched the America East record of 18 field goals first accomplished by former Black Bear Nate Fox. He went 18-for-19 on Dec. 11, 1998, against Sacred Heart at Alfond Arena in Orono.
Others with a claim to the record are Jameel Warney of Stony Brook (against Vermont on March 12, 2016) and Taylor Coppenrath of Vermont (against Northeastern on Jan. 7, 2004).
Fleming’s career-high of 38 points are the most by a Black Bear since Errick Greene registered 45 points (15-for-27 field goals, 2-for-6 3-pointers, 13-for-14 free throws) on Dec. 11, 2001, against Norfolk State.
Fleming’s accomplishment comes 17 years, one month and 19 days — or 6,259 days — after Greene’s record-setting output. UMaine assistant coach Kevin Reed, a 2007 graduate, scored 36 points against Harvard on Dec. 12, 2003.
Fleming and the Black Bears are back in action at 1 p.m. Sunday in an America East game against rival New Hampshire at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.