ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine men's basketball battled hard, but fell to first-place Stony Brook 58-52 on Saturday afternoon in the Memorial Gym. Maine is now 8-10 overall and 2-5 in America East play while Stony Brook goes to 11-7 and 6-1 in league play. Maine was led by its America East Player of the Game Xavier Pollard (Bronx, N.Y.) who had 14 points and nine rebounds.
The first half was a low scoring battle, with the Seawolves holding a 7-6 lead midway through the half.
Maine took a 10-9 lead on a pair of Raheem Singleton (Boston, Mass.) free throws.
The Black Bears then went on a 7-to-3 run and took a 17-12 lead on a Justin Edwards (Whitby, Ontario) three-pointer.
The Seawolves went on a run themselves, and tied the game at 20 with 3:45 left in the half, however Pollard converted a layup from Singleton with 27 seconds left that gave the Black Bears a 22-20 lead at half.
Edwards had seven points and three rebounds while Pollard added six points and three rebounds in the first half. Travon Wilcher (Springfield, Mass.) added five rebounds and two blocks.
The Seawolves opened up a 31-24 lead to start the second half, but two three-pointers from Singleton brought Maine within one.
Stony Brook responded to take a 41-32 lead, but an Edwards free throw and Alasdair Fraser (Falkirk, Scotland) layup made it 41-35.
The Seawolves scored the next seven points, but Maine chipped away at the lead and made it 50-46 with 2:18 left on a Pollard layup.
Stony Brook answered with a three, but Fraser made a layup to make it a five-point game.
The teams traded single free throws, and the Black Bears fouled to stop the clock.
The Seawolves were able to make a pair from the charity stripe to push the game just out of reach of the Black Bears.
Edwards finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Singleton added 13 points while Wilcher had eight rebounds and four blocks.
Tommy Brenton was Stony Brook's Player of the Game with nine points and 15 rebounds.