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The danes seemingly turned up the heat defensively and beat a physical Maine team on their homecourt.


From the radio it seemed.........


Lou the "Quiet Assassin" played another solid game(19) and Jamar kept getting into the lane and converted on something like 12-13 FTs.


Brian Lillis and Brent Wilson both seemed to be big time contributors either defensively or on the boards.


Levi is just Levi a warrior who has learned not to force the issue offensively, he really did a nice job on the boards late in the game.


8-7 and 4-2 sound are music to my ears after how bad we've struggled in the past.


Maine had an RPI of 157 coming in so again our RPI should drop this time below the 200 level.

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How sweet was that? Back to back wins against conference teams Albany had never beaten before in Bing and Maine. To beat Maine on the road when they were picked to finish 3rd.


In baseball you'd call it timely hitting, maybe timely rebouding today-Levi and Lillis cleaned up the glass during that spurt at the end to pull away. Danes got outrebounded overall but they really limited Maine to one shot in the final couple of minutes of that game. Terrific free throw shooting (21-25) and it sounded like everyone stepped up and chipped in when Zoellner got into foul trouble.


This team seems like it's coming together and figuring out how to win.

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Couldn't have said it better. Makes up for my miserable night and morning. ALL KICKERS SHOULD BE PUT OUT TO THE PASTURE!


Now, the real test: Not UVM, rather will this team learn to win the games it should, e.g. UMBC. If we can take down the Banana Mutts, I will be very happy going into the UVM game. If we come out 9-8 from this swing....I think a 15-16 win season is not out of the question, in a much improved AE. There is no doubt that any of the four Albany AE teams would have not won a conference game in the new and improved AE.

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An article from Maine's Website


Maine Defeated By Albany

Joe Campbell leads Maine with 13 points and 10 rebounds


ORONO, Maine-- The University of Maine men's basketball team dropped a 58-49 decision to the University at Albany on Sunday afternoon in front of 2,339 fans at Alfond Arena. The Black Bears fall to 8-7 on the season with the loss and 3-3 in America East play, while Albany improves to 8-7 on the season and 4-2 in conference play.

"I think that Albany did a great job pressuring our perimeter. I think that they did a great job coming to help side when we were able to get some angles," said UMaine head coach Ted Woodward. "I really give them a lot of credit defensively. I think that their defensive game plan was good and they executed it very well. They did a nice job."


With the score tied 28-28 at the half, Maine opened the second half on a 7-0 run behind a Joe Campbell (Bangor, Maine) layup. Ernest Turner (Camden, N.J.) followed with a three-point field goal and a layup of his own to give Maine a 35-28 lead with 15:36 remaining in the second half. Albany called a timeout and responded.



Albany went on a 9-2 run to tie the game at 37-37 with 12:14 remaining in the half. Olli Ahvenniemi (Vaasa, Finland) gave Maine its last lead of the day with four-straight points with just over 10 minutes remaining. Ahvenniemi recorded a dunk then followed with a layup to give Maine a 41-39 lead. Both teams had trouble scoring during the next several minutes, but Albany was able to grab a 44-41 lead with a pair of free throws by Jamar Wilson. Maine would score next, nearly two minutes later, when Chris Bruff (Bloomfield, Conn.) pulled the Black Bears to within one point at 44-43 with a layup.


Jamar Wilson hit a layup with 5:00 remaining in the game to give Albany a 46-43 lead. The Great Danes would then outscore Maine 9-2 over the next four minutes to grab a 55-45 lead thanks to some clutch free throw shooting. The Great Danes grabbed their largest lead of the day at 57-45 with a pair of free throws by Levi Levine with 42 seconds remaining. Maine answered when Kevin Reed (Yarmouth, Mass.) hit a pair of free throws with 35 seconds left. Jamar Wilson added a free throw of his own to give the Great Danes a 58-47 lead. Joe Campbell hit a pair of free throws with just 18 seconds remaining in the game, but Maine was able to get no closer.


Albany shot 84 percent from the free throw line in the game as it hit 21-of-25 shots, including hitting eight free throws in the final five minutes of the game. Jamar Wilson was 12-of-13 from the line in the game. Maine was also effective from the line in the game, but went to the line 10 fewer times. The Black Bears were 12-of-15 from the free throw line.


The Black Bears tied the UMaine record for blocks in game with 10 against the Great Danes. Campbell had a career-high four blocks, while Mark Flavin (Weymouth, Mass.) and Ahvenniemi each had two.


Joe Campbell led Maine with his second double-double of the season. He had 13 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. He also dished out three assists to go along with his career-high four blocks. Turner added 13 points and three steals for the Black Bears.


Lucious Jordan led Albany with 19 points, while Jamar Wilson added 18.


Maine returns to action on Wednesday, January 19 when it travels to Hartford to face the Hawks at 7:00 p.m. The Black Bears return home on Sunday, January 23 when they host Northeastern at 1:00 p.m. at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine. For more information on men's basketball or tickets visit www.GoBlackBears.com or call 581-BEAR or 1-800-756-TEAM.

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