February 2

Maine Colleges: UMaine men earn second straight win

Xavier Pollard and Zarko Valjarevic lead the Black Bears past UMBC, 83-80.

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BANGOR — Xavier Pollard and Zarko Valjarevic scored 18 points each as Maine held on for an 83-80 victory over Maryland-Baltimore County in an America East men’s basketball game Saturday afternoon.

UMBC closed to within 77-75 on a Chase Plummer jump shot, but Valjarevic quickly followed with a 3-pointer. UMBC then made five free throws to close the gap to 81-80 with 55 seconds remaining. Troy Reid-Knight sank two free throws for Maine, and the Retrievers missed two 3-point attempts in the final five seconds.

Maine (5-16, 3-6 America East), which won its second consecutive game for the first time this season, had a commanding 56-36 lead at the half. UMBC (7-15, 3-6), led by Chase Plumber with 23 points, started the second half with a 30-9 run to take a 66-65 lead with 8:12 remaining,

Rodney Elliot added 21 points for UMBC.

ST. JOSEPH’S 75, ALBERTUS MAGNUS 55: Matthew Medeiros scored 24 points and had seven assists as the Monks (11-8, 9-2 GNAC) knocked off the Falcons (17-2, 11-1) at Standish.

St. Joseph’s took control from the start against a team that was ranked 16th in NCAA Division III. The Monks opened the game with a 14-4 run, featuring four 3-pointers, and built a 44-22 lead by halftime. St. Joseph’s then began the second half with nine straight points.

Nicholas Jobin added 18 points, Zach Blodgett finished with 17 and Steve Simonds scored 13.

COLBY 70, TRINITY 67: Chris Hudnut sank a pair of free throws and Ryan Jann hit a 3-pointer from the corner as the Mules (11-8, 3-4 NESCAC) scored the first five points of overtime on the way to a win over the Bantams (11-9, 3-4) at Waterville.

Hudnut finished with 21 points. Jann and Patrick Stewart added 12 each and Sam Willson had 11.

Trinity’s Hart Gliedman tied the game with a steal and desperation 35-footer at the regulation buzzer. He led the Bantams with 15 points.

AMHERST 70, BOWDOIN 67: Connor Green made six 3-pointers, including three in the final 10 minutes as Amherst (16-3, 6-1 NESCAC) rallied past Bowdoin (17-2, 5-2) at Brunswick.

Green finished with 26 points for Amherst, which trailed by as many as eight points in the second half.

The Polar Bears were led by Andrew Madlinger with 19 points. John Swords added 12 and Matt Mathias had 11.

CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 84, BATES 77: Matt Vadas scored 27 points and Mason Lopez added 24 to lead the Camels (9-9, 2-4 NESCAC) over the Bobcats (10-9, 1-5) at New London, Conn.

The Bobcats got 39 points from Mike Boornazian, including 32 in the second half as Bates tried to overcome a 43-25 halftime deficit.

ENDICOTT 86, UNE 73: John Henault led the Gulls (14-5, 8-4 Commonwealth Coast) with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists in a win over the Nor’easters (1-18, 1-11) at Biddeford.

Brayden Morse scored 18 points for UNE.

KEENE STATE 95, SOUTHERN MAINE 59: Nate Howard scored 17 points and Jaquel Edwards added 15 as the Owls (7-11, 4-5 Little East) rolled over the Huskies (6-13, 2-7) at Keene, N.H.

Howard added 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots, and Edwards grabbed 17 rebounds.

Sean Caddigan led USM with 11 points.

SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. 86, UMAINE-PRESQUE ISLE 75: Jose Nouchanthavong scored 16 points, and Jacob Loveridge added 14 points off the bench as the Seawolves (18-6) beat the Owls (7-11) in South Portland.

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