Dec. 18, 2011
OREM, Utah --After suffering its first home loss of the season on Saturday night, Utah Valley will have a quick turn around a long distance from home as it travels to Orono, Maine, for a matchup with the Maine Black Bears on Monday night. The game will tip off at 5 p.m. MT time and can be heard live on 960 AM The Zone.
UVU (6-6) dropped its first home game of the season, 71-68, to Georgia State of the Colonial Athletic Association. The Wolverines led for most of the first half, but a 10-0 Panther run to close out the opening period put GSU ahead for good, as UVU was unable to get off what would have been the game tying three-pointer with just seconds remaining.
In the loss, Geddes Robinson matched a career-high with 17 rebounds, eight coming on the offensive glass. Robinson's career-night followed a similar achievement by Holton Hunsaker the week before, when the guard set a single game school record for most makes without a miss from the free throw line, as he went 16-for-16 on his way to a career-high 26 points in a 93-87 win over Portland State.
Maine (3-4) enters Monday's contest having lost its previous two games, a pair of tough road matches at Notre Dame and San Diego. The Black Bears also have a loss to #10 Connecticut on their resume this season, alongside victories over Holy Cross and Rhode Island.
"Maine is an outstanding shooting team," said UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker. "Gerald McLemore has been great in the early season and Justin Edwards and Alasdair Fraser give them great balance. It's going to be a stiff test for our defense."
The trio of McLemore, Edwards, and Fraser account for the bulk of the Black Bear offense, as the three combine for just over 52 points per game. McLemore, a senior, leads the team with 22.2 points per game while Edwards was recently named the 10th best freshman in the country by CBSSPORTS.com's Jeff Borzello. Prior to last week's games, Edwards had been the nation's leading freshman scorer in the country.
UVU and Maine met in Orem last season, with the Wolverines falling 71-65 in overtime. The Wolverines got 17 points from Ben Aird, 16 points from Robinson, and 12 points from Hunsaker in last year's game.
Following Monday night's game, UVU will visit Missoula, Mont. for their final pre-Christmas game Thursday night at the University of Montana.