Credit: Natalie Williams / BDN

Redshirt junior guard Anthony Roberts scored 40 points on Sunday afternoon as Stony Brook University outscored the University of Maine 85-74 in an America East men’s basketball game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

The win was the second of the season for the Seawolves over the Black Bears, with the Seawolves averaging 82.5 points in those victories.

Stony Brook has won 22 consecutive games against UMaine since UMaine’s last victory in the series on Feb. 12, 2011.

Stony Brook, which is ineligible for next month’s America East tournament since recently announcing its intention to leave the conference after this season to join the Colonial Athletic Association, is 15-10 overall, 7-5 in league play.

UMaine, which was coming off a victory over Albany on Wednesday, dips to 5-19 overall and 2-11 in America East play. The Black Bears return to action on Wednesday night at Hartford.

Roberts, a transfer from St. Bonaventure, made 14 of 25 shots overall and 9 of 12 from beyond the 3-point arc for the seventh 40-point performance in Stony Brook men’s basketball history.

Roberts also had six rebounds and six assists for the Seawolves, who also outscored UMaine 44-20 on points in the paint.

Tykei Greene added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Stony Brook while Frankie Policelli had four points, 10 rebounds and five steals.

Junior guard Maks Klanjscek paced UMaine with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting overall, 6 of 10 on 3-pointers, and he also dished out five of UMaine’s 22 assists.

Sophomore guard Vukasin Masic added 14 points with four 3-pointers, while junior guard Ja’Shonte Wright-McLeish and freshman guard Byron Ireland had eight points each.

Ireland’s 3-pointer from near midcourt just before the intermission buzzer kept the Black Bears within 46-40 after an offensive-minded first half.

UMaine shot 9 of 16 (56.3 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc during the game’s first 20 minutes led by Klanjscek, who made 4 of 5 from long distance while scoring a team-high 14 points.

Roberts, who entered the game as Stony Brook’s leading scorer with 14.9 points per game, had 21 points by halftime on 7-of-11 shooting overall, 4 of 5 on 3-pointers.

Stony Brook opened the second half with two baskets by Greene followed by a slam dunk by Policelli to stretch its lead to double figures at 52-40, and a later 3-pointer by Roberts gave the Seawolves their largest lead of the game at 72-56 with 8:24 remaining.

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Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...