Men's Basketball Rallies But Falls to Boston University 77-68
ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine men's basketball team rallied, but fell to Boston University by the score of 77-68 on Wednesday evening. Maine falls to 8-6 overall and 2-1 in league play while Boston University goes to 6-11 and 2-1. Maine was led by its America East Player of the Game Justin Edwards (Whitby, Ontario) who had 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
Maine took an 18-13 lead with 8:35 left on a pair of Alasdair Fraser (Falkirk, Scotland) free throws. The Terriers closed the gap to 20-19, but a Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif.) jumper and an Edwards tough behind-the-backboard layup gave the Black Bears a 24-19 lead with 4:16 left.
Maine expanded the lead to 31-21 a nice fast break layup that saw Edwards pass the ball down low to Raheem Singleton (Boston, Mass.) who hit McLemore as he was trailing behind for an easy layup.
The Terriers came back, and a three-pointer from half court at the buzzer cut the Maine lead to 33-27.
Boston University opened the second half on fire, taking a 62-48 lead midway through the second half, and it was 70-58 with just under four minutes left as BU made nine out of their first 10 three-point attempts.
However, Maine came back, and was down 74-65 before Edwards dove on a ball and threw it to McLemore who made a three, cutting it to 74-68 with 1:12 remaining.
Maine fouled and grabbed the rebound off a free throw, but could not convert and the Terriers made three free throws to outdistance the Black Bears.
Fraser finished with 14 points and eight rebounds while McLemore had 17 points.
D.J. Irving was Boston University's Player of the Game with 23 points and 11 assists.
The Terriers went 12-of-16 from three-point range while Maine went 6-of-19.