Junior guard Maks Klanjscek scored 21 points — including a 5-for-5 shooting effort from beyond the 3-point arc — as the University of Maine men’s basketball team scored its first road victory of the season Wednesday night with a 73-63 America East win over the University of Albany before 1,544 fans at the SEFCU Arena in Albany, New York.
The win ended a five-game losing streak for the Black Bears, now 5-18 overall and 2-10 in conference play heading into Sunday’s 1 p.m. home game against Stony Brook at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
UMaine is now 1-12 in road games.
Albany, which entered the game ranked fourth in America East, fell to 10-14 overall, 6-6 in conference play.
Klanjscek shot 8 of 11 from the field overall to pace a UMaine team that shot 52 percent (26 of 50) from the field overall and 59.1 percent (13 of 22) from 3-point land.
Klanjscek is now averaging 13.6 points per game in conference play.
Sophomore guard Vukasin Masic added 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists with no turnovers for the Black Bears while freshman guard Byron Ireland and junior guard Ja’Shonte Wright-McLeish scored 11 points each.
Matt Cerruti scored 14 points for an Albany team that shot 43 percent (22 of 51) from the field but just 25 percent (4 of 16) from beyond the 3-point arc. Jamel Horton and Jarvis Doles each added 10 points for the Great Danes.
UMaine held a 29-28 halftime lead before Albany opened the second half with a 14-3 blitz to take a 42-32 lead on a layup by Matt Cerruti layup with 15:26 remaining.
UMaine countered with nine unanswered points, including 3-pointers by Klanjscek and Masic, to draw within 42-41 with 13:17 to play, and a fast-break 3-pointer by Masic with 9:38 left gave the Black Bears a 50-49 lead, and coach Richard Barron’s club never trailed again.
UMaine built its lead to as many as 16 points at 70-54 on a slam dunk by redshirt junior forward Stephane Ingo with 2:28 remaining.
Ingo finished with eight points, four rebounds and two blocked shots.