Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Maine beats UNH

Troy Barnies (Auburn, Maine) scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the University of Maine men's basketball team to a 64-50 win over New Hampshire on Tuesday evening at the Alfond Arena. Maine won its sixth-straight game and is now 13-7 overall and 7-1 in America East play while New Hampshire falls to 8-12 in 2-6 in league play.

The Black Bears used a 14-to-3 run courtesy of two three-pointers from Terrance Mitchell (Milton, Fla.), and a three each from Andrew Rogers (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif.) to go along with two Barnies free throws to stretch a 32-27 Maine lead 2:30 into the second half into a 16-point lead with just under 15 minutes left.

New Hampshire cut the lead to 48-40 with 10 minutes left, but Maine would score the next six points, and New Hampshire could get no closer than 12 the rest of the way.

The teams played a tight first half, with neither team taking more than a four-point lead, and the teams were locked at 19 with just under nine minutes left.

The Black Bears were able to grab a lead as they went on an 8-to-nothing run through the next five minutes, the Wildcats would eventually cut it to 29-24 as time expired in the first stanza.

Barnies led Maine with 10 points and nine rebounds while McLemore added five and Alasdair Fraser (Falkirk, Scotland) four. The Black Bears shot 42.3 percent from the floor while limiting New Hampshire to 35.7 percent while grabbing 24 rebounds to New Hampshire's 15.

Maine took an eight-point lead to open the second half before the Wildcats cut the lead to five, and Maine responded with the run.

McLemore would finish with 13 points and four rebounds while Raheem Singleton (Boston, Mass.) added seven points and five rebounds. Mitchell added six points, five rebounds and three assists.

Maine shot 42.6 percent for the game while New Hampshire ended up at 34 percent. Maine won the rebounding battle 45-31.

Barnies was named Maine's America East Player of the Game for his efforts.

Chandler Rhoads led New Hampshire with six points, four rebounds and three assists.

The Black Bears return to action on Saturday when they travel to Binghamton for a 7 p.m. game.

--UM Communications--

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