ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine men’s basketball team played its only fall preseason contest Saturday afternoon, earning a 72-57 exhibition victory over Cape Breton (Nova Scotia) University.
Coach Ted Woodward’s team played solid defense and dominated the rebounding action while giving several hundred Black Bear fans a preview of the 2010-11 ballclub.
UMaine held the Capers to 37 percent floor shooting and grabbed a commanding 50-27 advantage on the boards, taking advantage of their big, deep frontcourt lineup.
Junior guard Gerald McLemore and sophomore swing player Murphy Burnatowski sparked the Bears by scoring 14 points each. Senior Troy Barnies of Auburn contributed 10 points and nine rebounds with three assists and two steals, while Sean McNally of Gardiner (six rebounds) and freshman Alasdair Fraser (seven rebounds) added eight points each.
McNally left the game early in the second half after injuring his right ankle, but could have returned, according to Woodward.
The Bears were without starting guard Terrance Mitchell and backup post player Travon Wilcher, who were withheld because of minor injuries.
The hosts did commit 21 turnovers as four players had three or more.
Cape Breton wrapped up its exhibition season Saturday. The Capers, the defending Atlantic University Sport champions, defeated Husson University in overtime Friday evening.
Former University of Hartford standout Paris Carter, an America East All-Rookie pick in 2006, teamed with James Dorsey to toss in 15 points each against Maine. Dorsey also came up with five steals and had four assists.
UMaine stretched its lead to 16 points with a quick 8-0 run starting at the 8:36 mark. Andrew Rogers opened the flurry with a 3-pointer, then the Bears cashed in on a turnover with a McLemore 3-pointer off a Barnies assist.
Two Mike Allison foul shots made it 30-14 with 7:10 left in the half.