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Brown beats Maine in a close game

November 18, 2012
By Ryan Kimball of RK Sports Productions

Written by Matt Schilmoeller

Orono - The Maine Men were looking to get their first win of the season after losing two close games early in the season to Holy Cross and Dartmouth. Maine and Brown kept the game close going back and forth through most of the game.  

Sophomore Rafael Maia, who played basketball in Pittsfield at Maine Central Institute before he enrolled at brown sparked Brown scoring 12 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Brown in a 70-68 victory at Alfond Arena on Saturday night. Maine kept it close, but could not get anything going. Maine committed 19 turnovers, which hurt their chances to win the game.  

In the first half, Brown shot 45 percent from the field and Maine shot 52 percent. Although Maine led in field goal percentage it was the turnovers that hurt them committing 10 of their 19 turnovers in the first half preventing them to get the game close. At the end of the first half, the Black Bears found themselves down 38-31 and had to find a way to limit their turnovers along with not giving Brown many second chance points.

Maine stepped up their defense in the second half allowing Brown to shoot only 37 percent in the second half.

The Black Bears were led by Sophomore Justin Edwards contributing with 14 points shooting 50 percent (6-12) from the field, junior Alasdair Fraser finished notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Other scorers for Maine were Freshmen Till Groger with 10 points, Mike Allison had nine, Jon Mesghna and Xavier Pollard each scored eight, Zarko Valjarevic added seven Leon Copper chipped in with two.

Brown was led by guard Sean McGonagill who scored 16 points, five rebounds and five assists.  Junior guard Matt Sullivan finished with 12, Tucker Halpern added eight, Tyler Ponticell and Longji Yiljep each scored four. Other scorers were Joe Sharkey with three and Cedric Kuakumensah chipped in two.

The Bears shot 40 percent (23-57) from the field. Brown went 28 percent (5-18) from the three point line and 70 percent (19-27) from the free throw line.  

The Black Bears shot 48 percent (28-59) from the field. Maine went 40 percent (4-10) from long range and 62 percent from the free throw line.

Maine will have a few days to figure out a way to cut down on their turnovers have prevented them from getting their first win. They will face a tough challenge when they head to Seton Hall who has been a tough team in the Big east conference although they have struggled lately.

Seton Hall will be coming off a loss to the University of Washington and a game they have on Saturday November 18th, where they face Rhode Island. We will see what happens after Maine plays Seton Hall to see what this team will be all about. Time will tell.

Ryan Kimball contributed to this story.

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