BANGOR, Maine – The Husson University Men's Basketball program fell to the University of Maine 108-79 in the first exhibiton match of the season at the Cross Insurance Center.
Raheem Anderson lead the scoring for the Eagles with 25 points and three rebounds. Eli Itkin tallied 11 points and was 50 percent from behind the arch. Alonzo McCain had 14 points and grabbed two rebounds. Itkin lead the defense with seven rebounds while Connor Adams and Justin smith were strong on the boards as they grabbed four rebounds apiece.
Ilker Er was the high point man for the Black Bears with 17 points he shot 6-for-12 from the field and 3-for-5, Maine had a total of six players in double figure scoring: Vincent Eze with 10 points, Ashley Dennis with 10, Aaron Calixte with 11, Marko Pirovic with 13, Danny Evans with 13 and Er with 17.
Anderson scored his first bucket of the game for Husson with a layup to give the Eagles their first point three minutes into the game.
Midway through the first half, Maine opened a 17 point lead after a three from Marko Pirovic to take a 30-13 lead. The Black Bears later added another three from Danny Evans as they took a 20 point lead.
With less than eight minutes remaining, Husson rattled off four three pointers in a row from Itkin and Anderson, to go on a 12-0 run as they closed the gap to within eight points as Maine led 33-25.
The Black Bears responded the Eagles run with points in the paint from Vincent Eze, Aaron Calixte and Andrew Flemming as Maine increased their margin to 14 points, 39-25.
Maine closed out the half with a Calixte and-one and a Pirovic dunk to give Maine a 53-34 advantage over the Eagles in the first half. Ilker Er gave Maine two consecutive threes in the second half to increase their lead to 19, leading 68-41.
Maine was able to convert on eight three pointers in the second half shooting 8-23, 34.3 percent. Husson shot just 37.8 percent in the second half from the field. The Black Bears largest lead of the day came with 6:04 remaining in the second half, off of a Garet Beal free throw to give Maine a 92-63 advantage. The Black Bears held off the Eagles for a 108-79 victory.
The Eagles will open up their season on November 17 as they host St. Joseph's (Maine) at 7:30 p.m. in Newman Gymnasium.