ORONO, Maine – Mike Allison (Lynden, Ontario) notched a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds to lead the University of Maine men's basketball team to a 67-59 America East victory over Binghamton on Saturday afternoon. Maine is now 10-10 overall and 4-5 in league play while Binghamton falls to 0-21 and 0-9 in conference play.
After the Bearcats took an early 8-3 lead, Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif.) hit a pair of three-pointers and a layup to give Maine an 11-8 lead with 13:34 left.
A Xavier Pollard (Bronx, N.Y.) layup followed by an Allison dunk and McLemore jumper gave Maine a 17-10 lead.
Jimmy Gray hit a jumper to bring the bearcats within five, but McLemore responded with a trifecta to push the Maine lead to eight.
Maine pushed the lead to 29-19 with 1:28 left when Andrew Rogers found Edwards for an alley-oop dunk that sent the Alfond crowd crazy.
The Bearcats would close the gap to 31-24 just before halftime as Robert Mansell made a jumper with five seconds left.
McLemore led Maine with 13 points in the first half while Allison added four points and seven rebounds.
The Black Bears went on a 16-to-3 run in the first five minutes of the second half courtesy of seven points from Edwards.
Binghamton came back to make it 52-45 with under eight minutes left to play, but Alasdair Fraser (Falkirk, Scotland) spearheaded a 9-to-3 run with five points to make it 61-48 with 4:35 left giving Maine some breathing room.
The Black Bears made free throws the rest of the way to seal the win.
McLemore finished with 15 points while Edwards had 18 points and five rebounds.
Maine shot 40.4 percent from the field while Binghamton shot 42.6 percent. Maine grabbed 40 rebounds to Binghamton's 34.
Allison was named Maine's America East Player of the Game for his effort while Jimmy Gray earned Binghamton's Player of the Game with 24 points.