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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Nov 15, 2014 4:46 am

UMF Tries to Build Upon 2013 Success, Picked 5th in NAC Poll

WHITINGHAM, Vt. –The UMaine-Farmington men’s basketball team was picked to finish fifth in the 2014-15 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women's basketball preseason poll conducted among the league's head men's basketball coaches.

UMF earned 55 points in the poll as Husson University was selected as the top team in the 2014-15 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men's basketball preseason poll. The Eagles received a total of 97 points, including seven of the ten first place votes. Castleton State College was voted second with 79 points and two first place votes, while Colby-Sawyer College came in a close third with 78 points, Lyndon State College claimed fourth with 62 points ahead of UMF, rounding out the top five.

The 2013-14 NAC Championship Tournament saw the No. 6 seeded University of Maine at Farmington Beavers earn two upsets to make it to the finals, while the top-seeded Husson Eagles soared to the finale. The championship was decided in overtime, as Husson claimed a 96-89 victory over UMF to earn the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

UMaine-Farmington travels to North Carolina this weekend, participating in the Guilford Tournament. The Beavers will play Guilford College on Saturday at 7:00pm and will continue action on Sunday against either Virginia-Lynchburg or William Peace.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Nov 15, 2014 4:52 am

November 14, 2014

FARMINGTON, Maine -- The UMaine-Farmington men’s basketball team is set to build off last year’s momentum as #6 ranked UMF advanced to the NAC Championship but fell short to top-seeded Husson, 96-88, in overtime as the Eagles captured their third title in four years.

UMF returns nine players from the 2013-2014 squad, including senior captain Pet Sumner (Cramerton, N.C.), who averaged 11.3 points per game (3rd on the team) and 1.8 assists per game (4th on the team). Sumner is joined by fellow senior captain Uriah Forest-Bulley (Turner Falls, Mass.), who played in 26 games last season and notched a season high 16 points in the NAC Semifinal against Castleton.

Five of the nine returnees are juniors – Justin Meader (Oakland, Maine), Logan Nichols (Minot, Maine), Jimmie Chaisson (Sanford, Maine), Deric Hanscom (Norway, Maine), Nick Hilton (Wilton, Maine), and first-year player Dustin Zamboni (Wilton, Maine).

Sophomores Ryan Camire (Acton, Maine), Ryan Rice (Belfast, Maine), and transfer Tom McGowan (Windham, Maine) will contribute to the Beavers backcourt.

Michael Atkins (El Paso, TX), Eric Berry (Weld, Maine), Tyler Michaud (Mechanic Falls, Maine), and Damian Gillespie (El Paso, TX) finalize the UMF roster as the freshman class.

The Beavers open the season at Guilford College in Guilford, N.C on November 15th. UMF will play in the Guilford Tournament, a two-day event. The 2014-2015 schedule includes non-conference stops at Saint Joseph’s College (Me.) and Bates. UMF hosts Bowdoin and Colby before the heart of conference play begins in January.

UMaine-Farmington will host Maine Maritime on December 2nd at 7:30pm for the home opener
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Nov 16, 2014 3:02 am

UMF Men's Basketball: UMF 41, Guilford 69

Forest-Bulley Rebound Shy of Double-Double in Opener

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Uriah Forest-Bulley (Turner Falls, Mass.) was a rebound shy of a double-double in the season opener as UMaine-Farmington (0-1,0-0) fell, 69-41, to Guilford College at the Guilford Tournament.

The Beavers battled Guildford, bucket-for-bucket, in the opening minutes. Logan Nicholas (Minot, Maine) scored the game’s first basket and Ryan Camire’s (Action, Maine) layup gave UMF a 4-0 lead, but the lead slipped away and could not recover.

The Quakers quickly answered with a pair of layups to tie the game and after three-pointer from Trevor Hyatt, the Beavers lead was gone for good. Guilford managed to hold the Beavers scoreless for over six minutes on its way to a 14-0 run.

Nick Hilton (Wilton, Maine) ended the scoring drought with a tip-in after a missed three-pointer at the 11:49 mark. Freshman Michael Atkins (El Paso, TX) cut the lead in half to, 16-8, 30 seconds layer with a pull up jumper.

Guilford controlled the later minutes of the opening half by closing with a 18-5 run after Atkins’ layup, taking a 33-13 lead into the break. The Quakers shot 43% (12-28) from the floor in the opening half while holding the Beavers to 28% (6-21) field goal percentage.

Forest-Bulley propelled the UMF offense to begin the second half with three buckets in the opening 1:15, dimming the Quaker’s lead to 34-19. North Carolina native Pet Sumner (Cramerton, N.C.) scored UMF’s next five points, but Guilford continued to control the tempo. The Quakers increased their lead back to 20 points with a pair of free throws and tip-ins.

The Beavers finished the game, shooting 17-of-54 (32%) from the floor as the Quakers shot 26-of-63 (41%) and 9-of-13 from the charity stripe.

Forest-Bulley banked a team-high 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and muscled nine rebounds, including seven defensive boards. Jonny Rice scored a game-high 15 points for Guilford on his way to a double-double with 10 rebounds.

UMaine-Farmington will play on Sunday against the non-advancing team of the Virginia-Lynchburg and William Peace game on day two of the Guilford Tournament.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:17 am

Beavers' Lead Slips Away in Guilford Tournament, Fall 71-63

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UMaine-Farmington men’s basketball team (0-2, 0-0) let a half time slip away as the Beavers fell, 71-63, to Virginia-Lynchburg in the Guilford Tournament on Sunday afternoon.

The game was back and forth until 11 minutes left in the opening half. With the Beavers holding a one-point lead, UMF exploded with a 23-5 run to close out the half. Senior captains Pet Sumner (Cramerton, N.C.) and Uriah Forest-Bulley (Turner Falls, Mass.) led with Beavers with eight points apiece in the opening frame.

UMF held a 38-19 advantage at halftime. The Beavers shot 11-of-27 from the floor, 4-of-9 from behind the arc, and 12-of-15 from the free throw line. The Beavers defense held Va.-Lynchburg to 6-of-24 shooting from the floor in the first half.

When the second half began, Forest-Bulley scored UMF’s first four points to give the Beavers a 42-19 lead. After a made three-pointer by Va.-Lynchburg, Pet Sumner answered back by hitting all three free throws after getting fouled on a three-point attempt.

Va.-Lynchburg got back in the game with 14 unanswered points, and dwindling the UMF lead to 47-36, with 13:29 left in the game. After six quick points by the Beavers, Lynchburg continued its pursuit to get back in the game, by constructing a 15-4 run to even the score at 54-54 with 6:37 remaining.

VAL did not take its foot off the gas pedal as Lynchburg continued to ride the momentum and did not look back. VAL’s Traxonte Sawyer hit a clutch three-pointer to give Lynchburg the lead, which quickly increased to seven as the Beavers had to resort to fouling in the final minutes.

Va-Lynchburg secured the win by hitting 7-of-9 from the line in the final 1:14 of regulation. The Beavers finished the game hitting 19-of-57 while their counterparts, Va.-Lynchburg, finished 23-of-55 shooting.

Sumner led the Beavers with 15 points on 3-of-10 from the field, but 7-for-7 on free throws. Forest-Bulley added 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting and seven rebounds. Lychburg’s Adrian Saunders and Traxonte Sawyers scored a game high 16 points.

UMaine-Farmington returns to action on Monday, November 24th as the Beavers travel to Saint Joseph’s (Me.) at 7:30pm.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:47 am

UMF Welcomes Public to Ribbon-Cutting to Celebrate Historic Dearborn Gym Renovations, Dec. 2

FARMINGTON, Maine – A grand opening ceremony will be held on December 2, 2014 at 4:45pm, at University of Maine at Farmington’s Dearborn Gymnasium, to commemorate the re-opening of the historic facility for the first home collegiate games. The celebration of the completion of the six-month renovation project takes place just prior to the women’s and men’s basketball games against conference opponent Maine Maritime Academy. These events are free and open to the public and donations are acceptable at the gate.

The historic facility was built in 1963 and underwent extensive construction in May to remove the hardwood floor and modernize the gymnasium. “When I played here, the home team enthusiasm was great, and it was a tough place for an opponent. Even as late as the last few years, the atmosphere has been as good as any place in the state,” UMF men’s basketball coach Dick Meader ’67 said about the site of the renovations.

The new hard wood floor is made from first grade maple and is a Connor Sport system installed by New England Sport Courts who also coordinated the custom and exciting graphic scheme is painted on the floor, including the maroon Beaverhead logo at center court. Prior to the construction, four rows of bleachers escaladed on each side of the gymnasium. Now, nine rows of maroon, automated Hussey bleachers exist on the west side of the floor. The new bleachers are designed for more comfort. They conveniently extend from the one primary entry the length of the court and seat significantly more people than the previous system.

“This has been a long-time coming, we appreciate everyone’s patience, and we couldn’t be more proud of the results,” Director of Athletics, Fitness, and Recreation Julie Davis announced. “The upgrade of a new floor and new equipment will benefit coaches and student-athletes daily in practice, while the new bleacher orientation will improve the player and fan experience.”

All six backstops and boards were replaced with new Porter, single pole systems that are retractable and automated. The game pair have a new set of Daktronic shot clocks that are integrated with the relocated scoreboards. “With teams and the official score table located across the gym from the bleachers, no one will need to dash across the baseline during the game to get to their seats. This configuration minimizes distractions for players and coaches and improves the experience for fans. The new bleachers have the full compliment of aisles, railings, ADA accommodations and a permanent filming perch and we can seat more than 500 people now as well,” Davis expressed about the final details.

The existing scoreboards have been relocated the east side corners of the facility. An automated and retractable batting cage is hanging from the rafters on the north side of court.

A quieter, more energy-efficient HVAC heating and cooling system replaced the preexisting and failing system.

“Beyond sporting events and practices, Dearborn is used for other campus assemblies and summer conferences. The new orientation for seating and staging plus a new sound system will improve the venue for all such community functions,” Davis added. The new sound system replaced an aged system for a more crisp, vibrant sound in contrast to the vintage system before the renovations.

“Alumni and current student-athletes will be proud of what we created here and talented recruits will be attracted to this space. Coaches, trainers, event managers and custodians will appreciate the upgrade in orientation and motorized automation. All in all, the upgrades make this a great space for a multitude of activities. A number of factors make basketball games our best opportunity to engage to largest cross section of campus community. We expect to fill the gym routinely and foster fun events that engender campus pride and spirit all season long,” Davis concluded. “
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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:52 am

After Strong First Half, UMF Men's Hoops Falls in Second Half

STANDISH, Maine – The UMaine-Farmington men’s basketball team (0-3, 0-0) were defeated, 54-34, at nonconference opponent Saint Joseph’s College on Monday evening.

The first half was very much a coin flip. UMF and St. Joe’s dueled the entire opening half, trading baskets with neither team surrendering an inch. The largest lead of the game was at halftime where SJC held a, 26-20, edge.

The box score was nearly as even as the score in the first half. UMF shot 8-for-25 from the floor in the first half while SJC was slightly better with a 10-for-24 mark. The Beavers shot 2-for-10 from long range as the Monks followed with 5-for-15.

The Monks opened the final period with seven points on three straight points to increase their lead to 33-20 with 17:32 remaining.

Logan Nichols took matters into this own hands by hitting UMF’s next eight points, including two clutch shots from long range and helping UMF close the gap, 33-28.

The SJC defense rebounded and held the UMF offense without a bucket for the next seven minutes and scored 14 straight points, essentially putting the game out of reach for the Beavers with a 19-point deficit with 6:51 to go in the game.

Nichols’ second half surge of eight points led the Beavers as a team and added two steals and one assist to the mix. Saint Joe’s Steve Simonds and Craig Luschenat led all scorers with 11 points apiece.

UMaine-Farmington returns home on December 2nd for the home open against Maine Maritime at 7:30pm. A ceremony in celebration of a newly renovated Dearborn Gymnasium will take place prior at 4:45pm.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:15 am

MEN’S BASKETBALL
Coach: Dick Meader (22nd season)
Last season: 13-15 overall, 9-9 NAC
Top returners: Pet Sumner (Sr., G), Nick Hilton (Jr., F), Uriah Forest-Bulley (Sr., C), Logan Nichols (Jr., G), Ryan Camire (So., F), Jimmie Chaisson (Jr., F)
Key newcomers: Michael Atkins (Fr., G), Eric Berry (Fr., G)
Outlook: UMF nearly made the NCAA tournament last season, losing to Husson in overtime in the NAC championship game. The Beavers graduated...

Sumner finds home at UMaine-Farmington basketball
The Beavers' only returning starter is enjoying a standout career.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:08 am

Duo of 20-Point Scorers Gives UMF First Conference Win

FARMINGTON, Maine – The duo of Nick Hilton and Uriah Forest-Bulley gave the UMaine-Farmington men’s basketball team (1-3, 1-0) a dramatic, 72-55, win over North Atlantic Conference opponent Maine Maritime Academy on Tuesday evening at Dearborn Gymnasium.

The opening half was a defensive battle. UMF held the early lead, but MMA hung around and even held its own lead for eight minutes until Hilton hit a deep three to give the Beavers a 15-13 lead with exactly five minutes left in the first period. Hilton’s three helped the Beavers finish out the half on a 14-11 run and take a 29-24 advantage into halftime.

UMF rode the momentum coming out of the locker room and tacked on six straight points to give the Beavers a double-digit lead. After a made jumper by MMA’s Jason Hatch, the Beavers reeled off a 17-7 run and giving UMF it’s largest lead of the game at 15 points with 8:36 to go, but MMA did not go away quietly. The Mariners forced the Beaver to turn the ball over and made timely free throws to trim the Beavers’ lead to ten, but the UMF offense was too much in the end.

UMF outscored MMA 30-10 in the paint and made 15 points off MMA turnover compared to allowing only four points of turnovers.

Hilton scored a game-high 22 points on 7-of-10 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the line. Forest-Bulley followed with a 6-of-8 showing from the field and hit all nine free throws. MMA’s Jason hatch led the Mariners with 16 points off the bench on 5-of-6 shooting, including 2-2 from beyond the arc.

UMaine-Farmington will travel to Johnson State on Friday to continue conference play at 7:30pm.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:43 am

UMF Men's Basketball: UMF 75, LSC 80

Hornets' Late Free Throws Sink UMF Men's Hoops, 80-75

LYNDON CENTER, VT. – The UMaine-Farmington men’s basketball fell in the final minutes to conference opponent Lyndon State, 80-75, on Saturday afternoon at Stannard Gymnasium.

The Beavers never trailed in the opening period, holding a lead as large as nine on two separate occasions. Each time Lyndon made a run, UMF had an answer. At the half, Farmington held a 37-34 advantage.

UMF opened the final half with buckets on three straight possessions and Nick Hilton scored four straight points, giving the Beavers had their largest lead of the afternoon at 13 points.

Lyndon’s shooters began to catch fire. George Carle made a jumper and then Robert Alers sank a three-pointer to cut the lead back to single-digits with 13:48 remaining. The Hornets hit three more from long range and made a pair of free throws and suddenly the game was tied at 53 apiece.

For the next five minutes, both teams continued to battle and neither team held a lead larger than three points.

With four minutes left, Calre made two free throws that started a 7-2 run for the Hornets, giving them a 5-point lead. Logan Nichols hit a jumper for the Beavers to cut into the lead, but then Alers answered right back on the Hornets’ next possession with a three-pointer.

Pet Sumner sank a three-pointer with 2:27 remaining and cut the Lyndon lead back to three, but UMF could not gain any more ground. The Hornets made 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in the final 1:09 to give Lyndon its first conference win of the season.

Sumner powered the Beavers with 18 points, three steals, and three assists. The senior only needs five more points to come UMF’s 17th member of the 1000-career points club. Uriah Forest-Bulley scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds, marking his third straight game with at least 15 points.

UMaine-Farmington starts a three-game nonconference stretch on Tuesday as the Beavers travel to Southern Maine on Tuesday at 7:30pm.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:17 am

Hilton Averages Double-Double, Earns Conference Honors

WHITINGHAM, Vt. -- University of Maine at Farmington forward Nick Hilton was named the North Atlantic Conference Player of the Week on Monday afternoon.

Hilton averaged a double-double for the Beavers, as the team posted a 2-1 conference mark. The junior tallied 16.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, while shooting .500 (15-of-30) from the floor.

The forward scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 72-55 win over Maine Maritime, to record his first double-double of the season. He also earned two assists and one steal in the 17-point victory.

In Saturday’s 71-63 win at Johnson State, Hilton netted 16 points and gathered nine rebounds, while recording one assist and one block. To finish the week, the junior recorded his third-straight game scoring in double figures and his second double-double of the week with 12 points and 11 boards in a tough 80-75 loss to Lyndon. The forward also tallied two assists, one steal, and one block in the five-point loss.

Hilton and UMaine-Farmington start a three-game non-conference stretch on Tuesday as the Beavers travel to Southern Maine at 7:30pm.
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