The University at Albany shot 58 percent from the field on Sunday afternoon while cruising to a 108-64 America East men’s basketball victory over the University of Maine at SEFCU Arena in Albany, New York.
Ray Sanders connected for 22 points and provided seven rebounds, four assists and three steals as the Great Danes (21-7, 10-3 AE) avenged an 81-70 loss to the Black Bears in the first meeting of the season on Jan. 15 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
Dallas Ennema posted 16 points and seven rebounds while Peter Hooley and Evan Singletary (8 assists) contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively, for UAlbany, which built a commanding 51-29 halftime advantage.
The Great Danes hammered the ball inside and scored 64 points in the paint, matching UMaine’s total scoring output.
Issac Vann poured in 26 points and chipped in with five rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots to lead UMaine (8-18, 4-9 AE), which suffered its fifth straight loss.
Aaron Calixte netted 12 points and Till Gloger had 10 for the Black Bears, who were outrebounded 51-25.
UAlbany put UMaine in a hole out of the gate, building a 10-2 lead during the first 5 minutes, 12 seconds. Singletary made two of the hosts’ four layups during that run.
The Black Bears were not able to keep pace the rest of the way.
UMaine was shorthanded again on Sunday as sophomore guard Kevin Little, the team’s leading scorer, was out with a left Achilles’ ailment. Freshman Ilija Stojiljkovic was serving a suspension from coach Bob Walsh for receiving a Flagrant 2 foul in last Thursday’s game against UMass Lowell.
Also, freshman guard Ryan Bernstein is suffering from mononucleosis and junior wing Garet Beal remains out with a microfracture in his right ankle.
UMaine is off until next Sunday, when it hosts league-leading Stony Brook at 2 p.m.