HAMDEN, Conn. — Quinnipiac University made seven 3-pointers and shot 52 percent from the field in the second half to pull out a 58-50 men’s basketball victory over the University of Maine on Sunday afternoon.
The Bobcats (2-2) overcame 25 percent shooting (6-for-24) in the first half and 9-for-20 free-throw struggles (45 percent) in part thanks to converting UMaine’s 15 turnovers into 21 points. They outscored the Black Bears 39-24 in the second half.
Coach Richard Barron’s Black Bears (0-6) connected at 41 percent (22-for-54) for the game, but went only 4-for-19 from the 3-point arc. UMaine outrebounded the hosts 38-32.
Tyrese Williams paced a balanced scoring attack for the Bobcats with 19 points and also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Cameron Young posted 12 points and six boards, while Jacob Rigoni and Aaron Robinson added 11 points each.
Isaiah White led the way for UMaine with a game-best 19 points on 8-for-19 shooting. Vince Eze contributed 10 points while Vilgot Larsson (game-high nine rebounds) and Sergio El Darwich netted seven points each for the Black Bears. Andrew Fleming chipped in five points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots.
UMaine outscored Quinnipiac 24-14 in the paint.
White’s jumper 15 seconds into the second half provided UMaine with a 28-19 advantage, but Quinnipiac responded with an 11-2 run to knot things up at 30-all at the 15:52 mark.
However, the Bobcats surged in front for good shortly thereafter when Robinson and Rigoni nailed 3-pointers 55 seconds apart. Williams’ fast-break layup at the 10:54 made it 41-34.
UMaine never got closer than five points after that.
The Black Bears asserted themselves early and manufactured a 26-19 halftime lead. Eze kicked off a scoring run with a layup, then Larsson hit a 3-pointer to put UMaine on top 19-10 with 7:51 remaining in the half.
White’s fast-break layup made it an 11-point contest at the 7:27 mark, but the visitors could not extend the lead.
The Black Bears return to action on Wednesday when they play host to Princeton of the Ivy League in a 7 p.m. contest at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.