Nov. 25, 2012
Maine used a game-changing 19-5 run to take a 58-45 lead with 8:20 to play and coasted home from there in a 72-66 win over Siena Sunday in Orono.
Xavier Pollard led the Black Bears with 15 points, 12 assists and three steals. Three of his assists came during the front end of the decisive run when he found Justin Edwards for seven straight points. Edwards led Maine with 19 points, making 8-15 field goals.
Siena led 36-33 at halftime after closing the first 20 minutes on a 12-5 run.
Rakeem Brookins had 10 of his 15 points in the first half for Siena. Brookins left the game with just over one minute to play after injuring his back while fouling Pollard. The red-shirt sophomore missed all of last season with herniated and bulging disks in his back. The extent of the injury couldn't be confirmed immediately following the game.
The Saints turned the ball over just five times in the first half, but had several costly miscues after intermission. Siena had three turnovers in four possessions midway through the second half, and when the dust settled a one-point lead was a six-point deficit.
Siena shot just 6-30 from 3-point range, attempting nearly half their field goals from distance. Brookins, Hymes and Rob Poole combined for 27 of those shots.
Maine was much more efficient and balanced on offense. Alasdair Fraser scored 17 points on 8-13 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds inside to balance Pollard and Edwards' production on the outside.
The road doesn't get any easier for Siena, though it does finally head back to Albany. The Saints host UMass Wednesday night at Times Union Center at 7 p.m.