ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine men's basketball team dropped a hard-fought 70-68 decision to Brown on Saturday night in its home-opener at Alfond Arena. The Black Bears outscored the Brown Bears 37-32 in the second half and had a shot at the buzzer, but came up just short.
The game, which featured 15 ties, was close throughout. Zarko Valjarevic (Belgarde, Serbia) provided a spark off the bench for the Black Bears with a pair of three-point field goals and a free throw midway through the first half.
Brown jumped out to a five point lead, but Maine tied the game at 23-23 on a hoop by Till Gloger (Bochum, Germany) with eight minutes to play in the first half. Brown then went on a 6-0 run to take a 29-25 lead. Maine snapped the streak on a block by Mike Allison (Lynden, Ontario), that resulted in a dunk on the other end by Justin Edward (Whitby, Ontario).
Brown made a three-point field goal to end the first half to take a 38-31 lead in intermission.
Edwards led the Black Bears in the first half with eight points, while Valjarevic chipped in with seven. Allison led Maine with four rebounds. Rafael Maia had nine points for Brown, while Sean McGonagill chipped in with eight.
Maine opened the second half on a 7-2 run to pull to within two points at 40-38. The teams battled and stayed within a possession of each other the majority of the half.
Brown pushed its lead it four points at 68-64 with 22 seconds remaining, but Maine pulled to within one point on a hoop by Alasdair Fraser (Falkirk, Scotland) with just four seconds left.
Maine was led by Edwards who had 16 points and six rebounds. Gloger finished with 10 points, while Fraser had eight points and 10 rebounds.
Maia led Brown with 21 points and eight rebounds. Sean McGonagill added 16 points.
Maine shot 47.5 percent in the game, while Brown connected on 40.4 percent of its shots. The Black Bears outrebounded Brown 39-32 in the game.
Maine falls to 0-3 on the season, while Brown improves to 2-1.
Maine returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 21 when they travel to Seton Hall.