DURHAM, New Hampshire — The University of Maine men’s basketball team dropped their regular season finale to conference rival New Hampshire 65-56.
Matt Miller led the Wildcats with 24 points on the day, the Senior who already leads America East in three point percentage made 6-of-8 from behind the arc to give UNH the season sweep of the series.
With the loss, Maine’s record drops to 3-26 overall and 2-14 in America East play, while New Hampshire improves their record to 18-10 and 11-5 in America East play.
Maine was led by Shaun Lawton (Harlem, N.Y.) who had 16 points on the day and 9 rebounds, three other Black Bears reached double figures; Zarko Valjarevic (Belgrade, Serbia) had 11, Aaron Calixte(Stoughton, Mass.) had 10 and Troy Reid-Knight (Vaughan, Ontario) had 10 as well to reach double digits for two straight games. This is the twelfth game this season where three or more Black Bears have reached double figures in a game. Kevin Little (Wyandanch, N.Y.) did not play in the game due to a groin injury.
Maine battled UNH throughout the first half to keep the game close within six points 31-25 at half-time, Valjarevic led with eight points on 4-7 shooting from the field.
The Black Bears started off the second half strong making 7-of-10 shots, but the Wildcats were shooting above 50 percent from the field in the second half converting on 13-of-25 shots. Miller converted all three of his three point attempts in the second half to secure the win for UNH.
Maine will enter the America East playoff as the eighth seed as they take on the one seed Albany, Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m.