ALBANY, N.Y. – The University of Maine men's basketball team fell at Albany by the score of 76-63 on Saturday night at SEFCU Arena. Maine falls to 7-10 overall and 2-2 in America East play while Albany improves to 14-4 and 3-1 in league play. Maine was led by its America East Player of the Game Alasdair Fraser (Falkirk, Scotland) who had 16 points and nine rebounds.
Albany took a quick 10-3 lead, but a Fraser three-pointer and a nice fast break layup by Justin Edwards (Whitby, Ontario) where he went around a defender in the paint made it a two-point game.
Xavier Pollard (Bronx, N.Y.) put the Black Bears up 12-11 on a layup with 12:01 left and a Shaun Lawton (Harlem, N.Y.) steal and layup completed the 11-to-1 run by the Black Bears that gave them a three-point edge.
Albany came back to tie the game at 19 with five minutes remaining, but the Black Bears would go on a 10-to-6 run capped by a Lawton layup with 1:43 left to give Maine a 29-25 lead.
The Great Danes scored the final six points of the half to take a 31-29 lead at intermission.
Maine shot 42.9 percent for the half while holding Albany to 36.7 percent.
The Great Danes went on a 10-to-4 run to open the second half, taking a 41-33 lead with 14:26 left.
Hot-shooting Albany expanded the lead to 58-43 with 8:22 remaining, but Maine scored the next seven points on an Edwards three-pointer and a pair of free throws and short jumper in the lane by Pollard.
After a Great Dane free throw, Jon Mesghna (Frankfurt, Germany) nailed a three from the top of the arc to cut the lead to 59-53 with 6:27 remaining.
However, Albany went on a 12-to-5 run the next 3:27 to push the game just out of reach of the Black Bears.
Pollard finished with 15 points and five rebounds while Edwards added 16.
Albany was led by Mike Black who had 28 points.
The Black Bears continue play on Jan. 19 when they host Binghamton in the Memorial Gym at 2 p.m.