Maine came out very aggressive to begin the game and put us on our heels," said UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker. "Frankly, they had us backpedalling all night. They are a very strong offensive team and our defense just wasn't up to the challenge.
ORONO, Maine — Utah Valley pieced together a 25-6 run midway through the second half, but couldn't overcome a 27-point deficit as Maine's hot shooting propelled them to a 77-60 victory over the Wolverines on Monday night in Memorial Gymnasium.
"Maine came out very aggressive to begin the game and put us on our heels," said UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker. "Frankly, they had us backpedalling all night. They are a very strong offensive team and our defense just wasn't up to the challenge."
Shooting 51 percent from the field in the first half, including 5-for-7 from three, Maine (4-4) was able to open up a 45-28 lead over the Wolverines (6-7) at the break.
Freshman Justin Edwards scored 13 points in the opening period while Black Bear leading scorer Gerald McLemore scored 12 of his game-high 19 in the frame.
After Maine began second half with a 9-1 run, UVU began to slowly chip away at the lead, getting a three from Isiah Williams and a layup from Geddes Robinson.
When Keith Thompson converted an alley-oop dunk to cut the deficit to 56-30, the Wolverines grabbed momentum, scoring 12 of the next 16 points.
UVU got within eight, at 60-52, with 8:06 remaining after Holton Hunsaker found Ben Aird for a layup. But the Wolverines would get no closer as the Black Bears caught fire again, ending the game on a 16-6 run.
Aird scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for UVU, while Robinson and Williams scored 11 points each. Thompson scored nine points and Keawe Enos chipped in five off the bench.
The Wolverines continue their road trip as they travel to Missoula, Mont. for the final pre-Christmas game of this season. UVU is slated to tip off against the Montana Grizzlies of the Big Sky Conference at 7 p.m. on Thursday night