Maine Overtakes Brown, 71-58
Providence, RI - Maine outscored Brown by a 42-28 margin in the second half to rally for a 71-58 victory over the Bears at the Pizzitola Sports Center Friday afternoon. Justin Edwards and Alasdair Fraser scored 17 points each to lead Maine. Brown falls to 5-8 with the loss, while Maine won its third straight game to extend its record to 6-4 overall.
The Black Bears out-rebounded Brown by a 26-10 margin in the second half and held a 42-30 rebounding margin for the game. Mike Allison led Maine with a game high 10 rebounds.
Fraser pulled down eight rebounds to go with his 17 points, while Edwards shot 6 of 12 from the field, pulled down eight rebounds and handed out five assists.
Junior guard Matt Sullivan led the Bears with 15 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the field. Bears' junior forward Andrew McCarthy scored 12 points and pulled down a team high nine rebounds, while junior forward Tyler Ponticelli netted 12 points. Junior forward Tellef Lundevall, who was Brown's leading wide receiver in 2011, saw his first significant playing time of the season for Brown and responded with three points and five rebounds.
After nine first half lead changes, Brown grabbed a 30-29 lead at the half on a three-point play by sophomore Dockery Walker with 54 seconds remaining in the half. Ponticelli led all scorers with nine first half points.
Maine outscored the Bears 19-7 to open the second half, jumping out to a 48-37 advantage following a trey by Gerald McLemore with 12:27 left in the game.
The Black Bears extended their lead to 14 points, 56-42, after a lay-up by Allison with 10:10 remaining. Maine's second half surge continued as the Black Bears built a 61-45 lead with 8:58 left after a trey by Raheem Singleton.
Brown travels to Brooklyn Heights, NY for its next game to battle St. Francis (NY) on Thursday, December 29, in the final game of calendar year 2011. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. at Pope Physical Education Center.
Pictured: Matt Sullivan '13. photo by T. Sullivan