ORONO, Maine – Justin Edwards (Whitby, Ontario) tipped-in a miss with 0.7 seconds left to propel the University of Maine men's basketball team to a 66-64 win over Hartford on Wednesday night at the Alfond Arena. Maine improves to 10-15 overall and 5-7 in America East play while Hartford falls to 14-11 and 7-5 in league play.
With the game knotted at 64, Edwards took a jump shot that missed and Mike Allison (Lynden, Ontario) and Alasdair Fraser (Falkirk, Scotland) both tried to tip it the ball in but missed. Edwards was to the right of the basket and tipped the ball in with under a second remaining to give the Black Bears the win.
Neither team could take more than a six-point lead throughout the contest, but the Hawks took a 34-30 lead into halftime courtesy of a late three-pointer while shooting 50 percent from the field. However, the Black Bears also shot 50 percent and were led by Edwards' eight points, four rebounds and two assists.
Hartford made a pair of free throws to take the largest lead in the contest at 36-30 two minutes into the second half, but a Zarko Valjarevic (Belgrade, Serbia) three-pointer, Fraser jumper and two free throws from Dimitry Coronel (Boston, Mass.) gave the Black Bears a 37-36 lead with 14:32 left.
The teams exchanged baskets until back-to-back three-pointers by the Hawks gave them a 47-43 lead with 7:46 left, and another three after a Valjarevic jumper made it 50-45 Hartford with seven minutes left.
Maine responded to go on an 8-to-2 run courtesy of five points from Edwards and three from Fraser, which included a thunderous two-handed slam, to give Maine a 53-52 lead with four minutes left.
A pair of free throws gave the lead back to Hartford, but Edwards responded with a three, making it 56-54 Maine with 3:29 left. Hartford tied it at 56, but Maine answered with a 7-to-2 run courtesy of a pair of threes from Valjarevic, making it 63-58 with under a minute left.
The Hawks came back to tie it with 27 seconds left before Edwards tipped in the game-winner.
Edwards finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists en route to being Maine's America East Player of the Game while Valjarevic added 17 points. Fraser had nine points, three rebounds and three assists while Coronel came off the bench to add seven points.
Maine shot 51.1 percent for the game while holding Hartford to 45.7 percent. The Black Bears held a 32-21 edge in rebounding.
Hartford was led by its Player of the Game Mark Nwakamma who had 17 points and eight rebounds.