Maine vs. Princeton
Time, site: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Cross Insurance Center, Bangor
Records: UMaine 0-6, Princeton 2-2
Series, last meeting: UMaine leads 2-0; UMaine 52-50 on 1/4/2010
Key players, UMaine: 6-5 G Isaiah White (15.2 points, 3.7 rebounds per game), 6-7 F Andrew Fleming (10.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.0 assists), 6-4 G Sergio El Darwich (8.7 ppg), 6-8 F Vilgot Larsson (8.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg); Princeton: 6-2 G Devin Cannady (21.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg), 6-5 G Myles Stephens (17.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg), 6-9 C Richmond Aririguzoh (6.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg), 5-9 G Jose Morales (6.5 ppg, 4.0 apg)
Game notes: UMaine seeks its first victory in its home debut after an 0-6 start that concluded Sunday with a 58-50 loss at Quinnipiac — a team the Black Bears defeated 78-72 in Connecticut, last season. UMaine has converted only 25.4 percent of its 3-point attempts and 56.3 percent of its free throws while averaging an America East-low 56.2 ppg. That’s against non-conference opponents with a combined 27-9 record, including three unbeaten teams through Monday in San Francisco (6-0), North Carolina State (6-0) and North Texas (8-0). The Black Bears must be on guard against Cannady, who has scored 21 points in each of his first two games since missing Princeton’s first two contests due to injury. The senior scored 16 of his 21 points in the final seven minutes of a come-from-behind 60-57 victory at Monmouth last Saturday. Princeton is averaging 61.0 ppg since a season-opening 85-51 win over Division III DeSales. UMaine head coach Richard Barron is a former head coach of the Princeton women’s team (2001-2007). UMaine returns to the road to face St. Peter’s on Saturday in Jersey City, New Jersey, then plays Fordham on Dec. 4 in the second of four non-league home games.