Stephane Ingo of the University of Maine goes up for a shot during a recent game against New Hampshire in Orono. Ingo posted his third consecutive double-double on Saturday in the Black Bears' 63-54 loss at New Jersey Institute of Technology. (Tyler Neville | UMaine athletics)

New Jersey Institute of Technology put together a 16-4 scoring run in the second half on Saturday, pulling in front for a 63-54 America East men’s basketball victory over the University of Maine at Newark, New Jersey.

Dylan O’Hearn hit four 3-pointers on his way to 22 points and to pace the Highlanders (4-3, 3-2 AE), who are newcomers to the conference.

LeChaun DuHart led UMaine (1-5, 1-4 AE) with 18 points, including five 3-pointers.

The teams play again at 2 p.m. Sunday.

San Antonio Brinson contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists for NJIT, which shot 40 percent from 3-point range (8-for-20) and committed only nine turnovers.

The hosts also went 12-for-23 from the field (44 percent) in the second half to gain the upper hand for good.

Stephane Ingo registered his third straight double-double for UMaine with 15 points and 10 rebounds and also posted three assists, three blocked shots and a steal. Taylor Schildroth of Blue Hill chipped in with nine points and four rebounds.

The Black Bears led 32-29 at halftime on the strength of 43 percent shooting, but the Highlanders got rolling about four minutes into the second half.

UMaine led 35-30 on a layup by Ingo at the 16:10 mark, but O’Hearn countered with a 3-pointer and connected from the paint to tie it for NJIT. Brinson’s layup, a shot from the lane by Kjell De Graaf, a four-point play by Diego Willis (3-pointer and foul shot), then a free throw and a basket by Brinson gave the Highlanders a 50-39 advantage with 9:39 to play.

Ingo’s dunk at the 9:00 mark finally ended a scoreless drought of more than seven minutes for the Black Bears, but they could not make up the deficit.

Pete Warner

Pete graduated from Bangor High School in 1980 and earned a B.S. in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Maine in 1986. He grew up fishing at his family's camp on Sebago Lake but didn't take...