BOSTON, Mass. – The University of Maine men's basketball team rallied late, but fell to to hot-shooting Boston University by the score of 79-72 on Tuesday night at Case Gym. Maine falls to 8-15 overall and 3-7 in America East play while Boston University improves to 12-11 and 6-4 in league play. Maine was led by its America East Player of the Game Xavier Pollard (Bronx, N.Y.) who had 20 points, four rebounds and three assists.
BU took a 15-11 lead to start before Till Gloger (Bochum, Germany) made a tough layup and got fouled. His free throw cut the lead to one.
The Black Bears would eventually take a 22-19 lead on a pair of Justin Edwards (Whitby, Ontario) free throws with 9:39 left, but the Terriers went on a 13-to-nothing run to lead 32-22 with just under seven minutes left.
BU expanded its lead, and took a 48-32 halftime lead after going 18-31 from the field including 8-14 from three-point range. Maine was 11-26 and 0-5 from long range in the first stanza.
Fraser and Pollard each had eight points to lead Maine in first half.
The Terriers continued to shoot the ball well in the second half, and pushed the lead to 57-35 in the opening minutes of the half.
However, the Black Bears chipped away after being down 69-48, going on a 12-to-2 run courtesy of five points from Edwards to close the gap to 71-60 with under four minutes left.
Pollard got Maine within 10 at 75-65 after making a layup and getting fouled with just over a minute to play Maine immediately fouled. The Terriers missed the front end of a one-and-one and Maine grabbed the rebound. The Black Bears could not convert and had to foul. The Terriers made one free throw and Zarko Valjarevic (Belgrade, Serbia) made a three from the top of the arc, cutting the lead to 76-68 with 36 seconds left.
The Black Bears fouled and the Terriers made both from the charity stripe to push the game just out of reach of the Black Bears.