BOSTON, Mass. – Justin Edwards (Whitby, Ontario) scored a career-high 30 points to lead the University of Maine men's basketball team to a 76-73 win at Northeastern on Wednesday night at Matthews Arena. Maine is now 2-4 on the season while Northeastern falls to 4-3.
The Black Bears and Huskies played a back-and-forth first half, but the Huskies took a 28-26 lead before Zarko Valjarevic (Belgrade, Serbia) sank a deep three to give Maine a one-point edge.
After a Husky bucket Kilian Cato (Espoo, Finland) made a tough layup while getting fouled to give Maine a 31-30 lead with 4:22 left in the first half.
Northeastern made a late run to take a 40-35 lead at halftime.
Maine shot 46.4 percent in the first half while Northeastern shot 45.5 percent.
Northeastern took a seven-point lead to open the second half, but layups by Edwards and Fraser and a three-pointer from Jon Mesghna (Frankfurt, Germany) tied the game.
Northeastern would try to build a lead, but Maine answered every time and with 11:19 left it was tied at 57.
Maine went on a 10-to-2 run courtesy of four points each from Fraser and Pollard to take a 67-59 lead with 7:06 left.
Following a defensive stop, Edwards grabbed the loose ball and converted a fast break layup and got fouled giving Maine a 70-59 edge with 4:56 remaining.
Northeastern cut the lead to 73-69 with 2:07 left, and Edwards got fouled with 1:33 remaining. He converted one-of-two free throws, and the Huskies made a three-pointer on the other end to make it 74-72 with 1:20 left.
Northeastern made one free throw to cut the lead to one, and the Black Bears and Huskies tied up a loose ball on the Maine's possession but the Black Bears kept the ball with 32.8 seconds left.
The Huskies stole the ball on the ensuing Maine possession, but Pollard stole the ball found Edwards alone up the court and he converted a layup with 19.6 seconds left.
The Huskies called timeout and had a three-pointer at the buzzer bounce out to give Maine the win.
Fraser finished with 20 points while Pollard added eight points, seven assists and four steals.
Reggie Spencer had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Northeastern.