DURHAM, N.H. – Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif.) scored a game-high 25 points to lead the University of Maine men's basketball team to an 80-69 win over New Hampshire on Wednesday night. Maine is now 9-10 overall and 3-5 in America East play while New Hampshire fell to 7-12 and 2-6 in league play.
The Wildcats scored the next eight points and were looking for the lead on a fast break, but Fraser came back to block the ball against the backboard.
With the Black Bears clinging to a 30-28 lead, McLemore made a nice spin move through the lane got fouled and made the layup for a three-point play.
The Wildcats scored the next six points, but Raheem Singleton (Boston, Mass.) answered with a runner as the shot clock expired and then stole the ball on the Wildcats possession before getting fouled.
He missed the free throw but got the rebound and made the jumper just before the buzzer giving Maine a 37-34 lead.
McLemore had 14 points and four rebounds at the half to lead Maine. Fraser added 10 points, four boards and two blocks while Singleton had five points and five assists.
Maine shot 50 percent from the field while holding New Hampshire to 34 percent. The Wildcats went 7-for-14 from three-point range while Maine went 2-for-9.
Maine scored the first four points of the second half courtesy of Justin Edwards (Whitby, Ontario). Edwards had a nice behind the back pass to Fraser who converted the layup and Edwards followed it up with a layup of his own.
A Fraser layup gave Maine a nine-point lead but the Wildcats cut the lead to 43-41 with 15:47 left.
The teams battled back and forth with the Black Bears not quite able to shake the Wildcats. Maine was up 69-64 with 4:05 left when New Hampshire converted a layup.
Edwards responded with a hanging jumper in the paint to give Maine a 71-66 lead with 3:47 left. After a Wildcat free throw, McLemore drained a three to give Maine a 74-67 lead with 2:55 left.
New Hampshire made a layup but Fraser answered with a pair of free throws. Maine got a stop and lost the ball on the offensive end, but McLemore intercepted the pass to give Maine the ball.
Fraser then rebounded a McLemore miss for a layup to seal the win for Maine.