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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:53 am

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Re: MBB: at Fordham University... 12/2, 2 pm

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:40 am

Men’s Basketball Closes Road Trip against Fordham on Saturday Afternoon


ORONO, Maine – The Maine Black Bears men's basketball team opens December and ends their road trip against the Fordham Rams on Saturday afternoon in the Big Apple. The game is set to tip-off at 2:00 p.m. at Rose Hill Gymnasium in The Bronx; the oldest on-campus venue currently used in Division I college basketball.

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LAST TIME OUT: The UMaine men's basketball team fought hard against BIG EAST foe Georgetown, but ultimately fell to the Hoyas, 76-55 on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena. Aaron Calixte led the Black Bears offensively with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Calixte collected five rebounds, a steal, and only turned the ball over twice in 33 minutes played. Four of his six field goals came on layups, as the redshirt junior often converted contested drives to the hoop into points. He has tallied at least 17 points in each of his last four games, and reached double-figures in scoring in six of seven games this season.

THE SERIES: Saturday's matchup against the Rams will mark the third meeting all-time between the two programs, as both Maine and Fordham each hold a win. The Black Bears took the first meeting 76-73 at Rose Hill Gym on Nov. 13, 2009. Four of the five Maine starters registered double-figures in scoring In the 2009-10 season opener, led by Gerald McLemore's 26 points. McLemore converted seven of his 12 3-point attempts, while adding eight boards on the glass. Terrance Mitchell added 21 points, while Sean McNally (12 points) and Junior Bernal (10 points) also tallied at least 10 points. Maine shot 42.6 percent (23-for-54) from the field, including an even 50 percent (10-for-20) from 3-point land.

A LOOK AT FORDHAM: The Rams enter Saturday's contest against Maine with a 2-4 record, holding wins against LIU Brooklyn (81-68) and Manhattan College (70-57). Fordham fell in its last matchup to Eastern Tennessee State on Wednesday, 82-77 at Rose Hill Gym. Will Tavares scored a career-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field in 38 minutes against the Buccaneers. Tavares is the leading scorer for the Rams, with 17.5 points contest. The Rams' stout defense ranks third best in the nation in steals, averaging an impressive 12 takeaways per contest.

CAPTIVATING CALIXTE: Over his last four games, Aaron Calixte has impressed, averaging a team-high 18.8 points per game. He has scored at least 17 points in every game, and ranks second best on the team in that span in rebounds (5.0) and assists (2.75). He has made exactly half the shots he attempted from the field (24-for-48). Calixte has also excelled from the charity-stripe in the last four games, sinking 20 free throws on 24 attempts (83 percent). In an NBA arena against Georgetown, the redshirt junior impressed with a team-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Of the six field goals, four came on contested layups, as Calixte often slashed past the Hoya defenders toward the net. He has led the Black Bears in scoring in three of seven games this season.

VERSATILE VERNON: Following Vernon Lowndes Jr.'s record-breaking breakout game against Quinnipiac this past Sunday, Lowndes Jr. impressed in several other ways against Georgetown on Tuesday afternoon. While Lowndes Jr., tallied six points, with two points coming off an impressive up-and-under drive from the corner. He tallied two points following a steal by throwing down a dunk that got the Maine bench on its feet. Lowndes Jr. recorded three rebounds, three steals, two blocks, and an assist, while only turning the ball over twice in 29 minutes against the BIG EAST foe. ­

HELD THE HOYAS: In its­­ last game, Maine held the Hoyas below their average of 85 points per game, and were out-rebounded by just one (36-35). Georgetown held a rebound-margin of plus-14.5 entering the game. Maine also held Georgetown significantly below their 47.1 percent 3-point field goal percentage (22.8 percent, 4-for-18), as the Hoyas were ranked fourth in the country in the category before today's game. Maine held advantages in blocks (5-4), offensive rebounds (14-13), and bench points (32-19).

WALSH HITS THE CENTURY MARK: Bob Walsh will coach his 100th game as the head coach of the Black Bears on Saturday against Fordham.

ROAD TRIPPIN': The Black Bears bussed approximately 368 miles from Orono to Hamden, Conn. this past weekend, before heading to our nation's capital (approx. 311 miles) following the 78-72 win over Quinnipiac. The team flew back to Bangor following the trip to Georgetown on Wednesday, and embarked to Fordham on Friday on an approximately 437-mile bus ride to New York City. In total, Maine will have traveled over 1,500 miles by bus when they return home from the Big Apple.

UP NEXT: Maine returns to the Cross Insurance Center to play UMaine system school, University of Maine at Presque Isle next Tuesday in game two of the double-header. The matchup between the Black Bears and Owls will follow game one between UMaine women's basketball and Maine Maritime Academy, which tips off at 5:00 p.m. For tickets, please visit the Cross Insurance Center box office, buy online at TicketMaster.com ­or purchase by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

For more information on the Meet the Black Bears event in between the women's and men's games, click here.

-UMaine-

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Re: MBB: at Fordham University... 12/2, 2 pm

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:16 am

UMaine Men's Basketball Seeing Improvement, Calixte Healthy and Contributing

ORONO, MAINE (WABI) - UMaine men's basketball played probably their toughest opponent of the season in Georgetown on Tuesday night. They lost but learned a lot about their team in the process...

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Re: MBB: at Fordham University... 12/2, 2 pm

Postby basketball_guy » Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:33 pm

Maine had Fordham on the Ropes the entire game.
Their core players Calixe, ER and Fleming played very well
but they should have won this game. They need to learn how
to close out games. At 2:39 to go with Maine ahead by 5
57 to 52 Walsh decided to take the air out of the ball thinking
he could milk the lead to close the game. That really was not
on the kids but on the Coach in this case. Fordham took advantage
of that.

They are playing well, but they need to learn how to close out
opponents. This was a game Maine should have won. A basketball
season can go either way after a game like this. Hopefully, Maine
gets something out of this and moves on to the next game. Fleming
played very well today.
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UMaine mens BB team allows Fordham to steal game in OT 67-66

Postby bcbc55 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:58 pm

Fordham steals game from UMaine men 67-66 in over time at the Rose Hill Gymnasium the oldest on campus facility in the country for D-2 schools.

Fordham who was ranked 3rd in the D-1 nation in steals with 12, got their average of 12 steals and a couple at crucial times to achieve the come from behind win.

In a game where Maine had the lead 64.4 percent of the time and with a 57-52 lead late in regulation with 2:39 to go, the Bears allowed the Fordham Rams to literally steal the game.

Maine again died by three shooting just 6 of 24 for 25%.

Fleming had a good game inside against the Fordham zone and yet Maine did not go to him enough down the stretch when Fordham closed the gap. Fleming had 16 points and 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Calixe lead Maine with another good game before fouling out late in the overtime which hurt Maine. He had 20 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Ilker Er chipped in with 15 points along with a crucial 3 in overtime to tie the game.

For Fordham Chartonuny had a very good all around game with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Tavares added 15 and Slanina also had 15.

FG% Maine 21-51 36.8% Fordham 22-59 37.3%
3P% Maine 6-24 25.% Fordham 5-29 17.1%
FS% Maine 18-24 75% Fordham 18-29 66.7%
Rebounds Maine 42 Fordham 37
Assists Maine 16 Fordham 14
Turnovers Maine Fordham 11
FOULS: Maine 22 Frdam 22
Points in Paint: Maine 20 Fordham 34

Maine falls to 1-7 and Fordham of the Atlantic 10 Conference is now 3-4

Maines next game is against UM at Presque Isle a D-3 team on Tuesday, December 5th at home at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor at 7:00pm as the second game of a doubleheader with the Maine Women taking on D-3 Maine Maritime Academy at 5:00pm.

Both Maine teams are coming of over time on the road losses in which games that they both could have won as both lead most of the game. Both should win their next games against D-3 in state opponents although they will not count in RPI's, but they will count as far as a win and team statistics go.
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Re: MBB: at Fordham University... 12/2, 2 pm

Postby bcbc55 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:22 pm

basketball_guy wrote:Maine had Fordham on the Ropes the entire game.
Their core players Calixe, ER and Fleming played very well
but they should have won this game. They need to learn how
to close out games. At 2:39 to go with Maine ahead by 5
57 to 52 Walsh decided to take the air out of the ball thinking
he could milk the lead to close the game. That really was not
on the kids but on the Coach in this case. Fordham took advantage
of that.

They are playing well, but they need to learn how to close out
opponents. This was a game Maine should have won. A basketball
season can go either way after a game like this. Hopefully, Maine
gets something out of this and moves on to the next game. Fleming
played very well today.


basketball_guy: Maine's next game is against D-3 University of Maine @ Presque Isle so that will not be any indication of Maine's so called improvement.

Game doesn't count in MAINE'S RPI all they do is fatten team and individual statistics and a possible embarrassment like last year when Maine lost to University of Maine at Fort Kent at home practice facility at the "PIT" 85-80.

These games against in the Maine educational system games are no win situations except for team and individual stats. They certainly do not draw very well and don't cover the game costs at the Cross Center. Better to hold them at the "PIT".

If Maine played all of their home games at the PIT they might be playing in the oldest on campus basketball facility to D-1 basketball in the country as Fordham's Rise Hill currently is the oldest on campus basketball facility. That could be a very good attention getter.

Just have to do it over some.
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Re: MBB: at Fordham University... 12/2, 2 pm

Postby basketball_guy » Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:57 pm

Winning begets winning and losing begets losing.

Maine has some very solid Division1 players in Fleming, Calixe and ER. Those guys did well
today. The problem is they are so used to losing, they have not been able to close out opponents.
Those three players could play for any team in the country and do well. So I don' buy the argument
that they don't have the players.

They need to win a few games in a row that gives them the mental confidence that they can close
out opponents. When they had Fordham up by 5 points with 2:39 to go today that is the type of game that
changes a season. But they need to continue to improve. These past four games they have played well,
even against Georgetown. If they can put a two or three game winning streak together that could change
their entire season. I think they are on the verge of turning the season around honestly.

That game against Fordham could have gone either way. The breaks just did not go their way today, but
they were in a position to win it today, That is a good sign for the players.

The Coach I am not sure about but that is an argument for another day.
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Re: MBB: at Fordham University... 12/2, 2 pm

Postby bcbc55 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:12 pm

basketball_guy wrote:Winning begets winning and losing begets losing.

Maine has some very solid Division1 players in Fleming, Calixe and ER. Those guys did well
today. The problem is they are so used to losing, they have not been able to close out opponents.
Those three players could play for any team in the country and do well. So I don' buy the argument
that they don't have the players.

They need to win a few games in a row that gives them the mental confidence that they can close
out opponents. When they had Fordham up by 5 points with 2:39 to go today that is the type of game that
changes a season. But they need to continue to improve. These past four games they have played well,
even against Georgetown. If they can put a two or three game winning streak together that could change
their entire season. I think they are on the verge of turning the season around honestly.

That game against Fordham could have gone either way. The breaks just did not go their way today, but
they were in a position to win it today, That is a good sign for the players.

The Coach I am not sure about but that is an argument for another day.


basketball-guy: I agree that Calixe could probably play for anyone in the country D-1 wise, but am not sure that Fleming or Er can. Not quick enough in a free lance offense and to small to really post up against teams with any size and cannot defend the size in the post as illustrated in the Georgetown and Fordham games.

Maine just does not start enough size. Evans 6'5", Calixe 5'11", Araujo 5'7", Fleming 6'7" and Lowndnes 6'5". 4 guards and Fleming. I do not understand why Er does not start.

Surprised they didn't use Antom's 6'9 245 much at all today especially where they were getting hurt in the paint 34 to 20 today and Fleming could not guard the Fordham big when he got the ball low in the paint.
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Re: MBB: at Fordham University... 12/2, 2 pm

Postby basketball_guy » Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:16 am

It may be because Fleming is a better offensive player.

Right now it is more mental toughness than talent. Size matters but Maine needs to learn how
to close out an opponent because they need to be more mentally focused. Calixe had a few costly
errors near the end of the game and Loundes had two unforced errors that cost them the game.

These guys need to develop a killer instinct in close games and they have got to cut down on the turnovers
near the end of the game. Even so they could have won and so they are progressing. A two or three game
winning streak would do wonders for this team right now. Because mentally they need to show they can win.

Lets just see how it plays out over the next three games. They are close right now. These past four games they
were competitive. If they can take the next two out of three, albeit lesser teams to be sure but Dartmouth will
be a good test for them I think.
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Re: MBB: at Fordham University... 12/2, 2 pm

Postby bcbc55 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:37 am

basketball_guy wrote:It may be because Fleming is a better offensive player.

Right now it is more mental toughness than talent. Size matters but Maine needs to learn how
to close out an opponent because they need to be more mentally focused. Calixe had a few costly
errors near the end of the game and Loundes had two unforced errors that cost them the game.

These guys need to develop a killer instinct in close games and they have got to cut down on the turnovers
near the end of the game. Even so they could have won and so they are progressing. A two or three game
winning streak would do wonders for this team right now. Because mentally they need to show they can win.

Lets just see how it plays out over the next three games. They are close right now. These past four games they
were competitive. If they can take the next two out of three, albeit lesser teams to be sure but Dartmouth will
be a good test for them I think.


basketball_guy: Agree with your post except that the next 3 games are UMPI (Universiry of Maine at Presque Isle in state team) D-3, Ivy League Dartmouth (RPI ranking 272 to Maine's 335 in Pomeroy RPI Rankings) and UMM (University of Maine at Machias another in state college team ( not even D-3 or NAIA 2, believe they are United States Collegiate Athletic Association member). All three games are at home.
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