ORONO - The University of Maine men's basketball team fell to America East Regular Season Champion Stony Brook by the score of 69-53 on Sunday afternoon at the Alfond Arena. Maine falls to 11-17 overall and 6-9 in America East play while Stony Brook improves to 21-6 and 12-2 in league play. Maine was led by its America East Player of the Game Xavier Pollard (Bronx, N.Y.) who had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Stony Brook came out of the gate on fire and held a 33-18 lead with less than two minutes left in the first half.
Maine responded to go on a 7-to-2 run capped by a Shaun Lawton (Harlem, N.Y.) three at the buzzer to cut the lead to 35-25 at intermission.
Maine was led by Mike Allison (Lynden, Ontario) in the first stanza with six points and five rebounds while Justin Edwards (Whitby, Ontario) added seven points.
The Seawolves shot 50 percent for the first half while Maine shot 35.7 percent.
Stony Brook went on a 20-to-7 run to open the half, taking a 55-32 lead with 12:28 left.
The Black Bears responded by going on an 18-to-7 run courtesy of six points each from Pollard and Alasdair Fraser (Falkirk, Scotland).
Maine would eventually get the lead down to 64-53 with 1:12 left on an Edwards three-pointer, but Stony Brook made five free throws to push the game out of reach.
Stony Brook shot 41.9 percent for the game while Maine shot 34.5 percent. The Seawolves held a 45-41 edge in rebounding.
Fraser finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocks while Edwards added 12 points, six rebounds and three assists. Allison had six rebounds, to give him 500 for his career and joined Fraser and Jeff Cross (1981-84) as the only Black Bears in program history to notch 500 rebounds and 100 blocks dating back to 1980 (when blocks began being kept as a stat).
Stony Brook was led by Tommy Brenton who had 13 points and 20 rebounds.
Maine continues play on Sunday, March 3 at 1 p.m. at New Hampshire.