Stony Brook, N.Y. – The University of Maine men's basketball team fell to Stony Brook Saturday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium by a score of 79-69. The Black Bears fall to 8-12 and 3-4 in America East play while the Seawolves improve to 15-5 and 6-1 in league play. Maine was led by Zarko Valjarevic (Belgrade, Serbia) with seven three-pointers in the game.
The Black Bears notched the first points of the contest off the Jon Mesghna (Frankfurt, Germany) three-pointer. The Seawolves would then go on a 13-2 run over the next seven minutes of play before Justin Edwards (Whitby, Ontario) went 1-2 at the line. Maine would end the half on a 14-11 run in which Valjarevic hit a three pointer, Xavier Pollard (Bronx, N.Y.) registered a pair of layups, and Mike Allison (Lynden, Ontario) hit a 10-foot jumper.
Stony Brook finished the half with a 31-22 lead over Maine. The Black Bears shot 29.6% in the first half while the Seawolves shot 44.4%. Maine shot 16.7% from behind the arc with Stony Brook shooting 50.0%.
The Seawolves opened up the second half with a 13-5 scoring run over the first four minutes of play. The Black Bears would go on to score nine out of the 14 points via a fastbreak dunk by Pollard, a pair of layups by Edwards, and a Valjarevic three-pointer.
Stony Brook held a 53-38 lead with 11:24 left in the half. Following the media timeout, Valjarevic was able to cut the Stony Brook lead to 9 after registering 3 three-pointers in the stretch.
Valjarevic hit two more three-pointers late in the half but the Seawolves offense was able to answer back to hold onto the 10 point lead with 2:49 left.
Valjarevic finished the game 7-12 from behind the arc giving him team high 21 points while adding two rebounds and a steal. Edwards finished the game with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
Maine returns to action on January 30 as it hosts New Hampshire for a 7:30 PM tip-off.