BURLINGTON, Vt. – The University of Maine men's basketball team fell to Vermont by the score of 73-61 on Wednesday night at Patrick Gymnasium. Maine falls to 11-16 overall and 6-8 in America East play while Vermont goes to 17-9 and 10-4 in league play. Maine was led by Zarko Valjarevic (Belgrade, Serbia) who had 14 points.
The Catamounts opened the game on an 8-to-2 run, but threes by Alasdair Fraser (Falkirk, Scotland) and Valjarevic around a Vermont bucket cut the lead to 10-8.
Maine would take the lead on a Dimitry Coronel (Boston, Mass.) three-pointer and a Fraser leaner made it 17-14 with under 10 minutes left.
Vermont took 22-19 lead before Justin Edwards (Whitby, Ontario) tied it with three. A Xavier Pollard (Bronx, N.Y.) layup moments later gave Maine the lead, but Vermont closed the half on an 8-to-2 run to take a 30-26 lead into halftime.
Fraser led Maine with seven points and three bounds in the first half to lead Maine.
The Black Bears shot 37 percent from the field while Vermont shot 36 percent. Maine shot 44,4 percent from three-point range while Vermont shot 22.2 percent. The Catamounts went 8-10 from the free throw line while Maine did not have any attempts.
Vermont opened the second half on a 7-to-2 run, taking a 37-28 lead with 18:30 left.
Maine scored the next eight points, courtesy of two Mike Allison (Lynden, Ontario) free throws, and Edwards three-pointer and a Pollard fast break layup and free throw.
A Valjarevic three-pointer gave the Black Bears a 39-37 lead with just under 16 minutes left.
The teams exchanged baskets until Shaun Lawton (Harlem, N.Y.) found a cutting Allison who made the layup and got fouled. He converted the free throw to give Maine a 49-46 lead with 11:26 left.
The Black Bears scored six out of the next seven points to take a 55-47 lead with 9:29 left.
Vermont answered with a run, taking a 60-56 lead with 5:20 left.
Fraser responded with a jumper, but the Catamounts scored the next seven points to take a 67-58 lead with two minutes left and push the game just out of reach of the Black Bears.
For the game, Maine shot 41 percent from the field while Vermont shot 43 percent. The Catamounts held a 40-27 edge in rebounding.
Fraser finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and a block, and joined former great Jeff Cross (1981-84) as the only players in Maine history to notch 500 rebounds and 100 career blocks as he now has 547 rebounds and 100 blocks.
Pollard added 10 points and four assists.
Valjarevic was named Maine's America East Player of the Game while Brian Voelkel was Vermont's Player of the Game with four points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists.