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Maine men's basketball falls to Hartford 67-63

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Maine men's basketball falls to Hartford 67-63

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:38 am

FEBRUARY 15, 2018
MBB at University of Hartford
7:00 PM
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Re: MBB at University of Hartford Feb 15, 7 pm

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:30 pm

Maine Begins Three-Game Road Trip at Hartford

TIPPING OFF: After playing at the Cross Insurance Center five of their last seven games, the Maine Black Bears (6-21, 3-9 AE) commence a three-game road trip on Thursday with a trip to Hartford (14-11, 7-4 AE). Tipoff against the Hawks is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Chase Arena in West Hartford.

LAST TIME OUT: With Maine leading 59-55 with 3:13 to go, the Black Bears could not hold off a late 9-2 run by Stony Brook, falling 64-61 on Sunday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Center. Maine nearly tied the contest on a last second 3-pointer, but the shot bounced off the rim to end the hard fought bout.

A LOOK AT HARTFORD: With a 7-4 conference record, the Hawks currentley sit in third place in the America East. Hartford fell 69-63 in a home loss to UAlbany in its last game, but won the three games prior with wins over UMass Lowell (77-70), New Hampshire (79-62), and Stony Brook (73-63). John Carroll excels on botht he offensive and defensive end for the Hawks, ranking in the top-10 in the America East in field goal percentage (5th .487), block shots (5th, 1.0 per game), scoring (6th, 15.6 ppg), and rebounding (6th, 6.1 rpg). In conference games, Hartford boasts the second-best scoring offense (72.9 points per game), the most assists per game (14.6 per game), and the third best field goal percentage defense (.428).

THE SERIES: Thursday's matchup with the Hawks marks the 70th matchup all-time against Hartford. The Hawks lead the series by a mark of 39-30, including winners of two-straight. While Hartford won the last meeting on Jan. 18, the Black Bears earned a 52-41 win last season on Feb. 6, 2017. Maine trailed by one point at 21-20 at the half, but outscored Hartford 32-20 in the final 20 minutes to earn its sixth win of the season. Andrew Fleming recorded a game-high 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting, along with grabbing eight boards in 32 minutes played.

THE LAST MEETING: Leading 38-33 at the half, the Hartford Hawks shot 63 percent (17-27) from the field in the final 20 minutes to down Maine 86-68 at the Cross Insurance Center on Jan 18. Aaron Calixte connected on a game high 21-points in the loss. Calixte shot 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) from the floor, while grabbing four rebounds and dishing three assists in 37 minutes played. The redshirt junior's 10 made field goals was a new career-high.

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Maine men's basketball falls to Hartford 67-63

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:11 am

Maine men's basketball falls to Hartford 67-63
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Re: Maine men's basketball falls to Hartford 67-63

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:23 am

Late Rally Lifts Hartford Past Maine, 67-63

...With 2:51 remaining, Stojiljkovic made his first of two free throw attempts from the line to extend Maine's lead to three at 61-58. On Hartford's next possession, the Hawks sunk a trey to tie the game for the ninth time.

Hartford took a 63-61 lead with 1:26 left with two free throws. Maine could not get any points over its next two possessions, and was forced to foul with 16 seconds left. The Hawks made both attempts, but Calixte's final two points of the game on layup brought Hartford's lead back to one possession at 65-63.

Maine fouled with six seconds remaining, but the Hawks made both shots from the charity-stripe to seal its eighth America East win of the season.

The Black Bears held advantages in field goal percentage (37.1 percent to 35.0 percent), rebounding (45-40), points in the paint (26-18), and fast break points (16-5).

With his 24-point performance, Calixte has now tallied 20 points in eight games this season. He has recorded double-figures in scoring in 14 consecutive games, and in 26 of 28 games this season.

The Hawks had four double-figure scorers, led by Jason Dunne's 19 points. J.R. Lynch recorded 13 points, while John Carroll and Travis Weatherington each added 10 on the night.

The Black Bears are off from game action until Wednesday, Feb. 21, when Maine travels to UMass Lowell. Tipoff at the Tsongas Center is slated for 7:00 p.m.

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Re: Maine men's basketball falls to Hartford 67-63

Postby fromthebench » Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:17 am

I watched this game last night and Maine should've won. What they lacked was a high basketball IQ player to take over and manage the game at the end. Calixte takes whatever crazy shot he wants whenever. Also, looking at both teams, some decent athletes but from the neck up, neither team had any talent. I'll take Moss and four guys from the local "Y" over either of these teams and I'll win!
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Re: Maine men's basketball falls to Hartford 67-63

Postby bcbc55 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:26 pm

fromthebench wrote:I watched this game last night and Maine should've won. What they lacked was a high basketball IQ player to take over and manage the game at the end. Calixte takes whatever crazy shot he wants whenever. Also, looking at both teams, some decent athletes but from the neck up, neither team had any talent. I'll take Moss and four guys from the local "Y" over either of these teams and I'll win!


fromthebench: Agree with your post above completely.

Not the players fault if they have not been taught how to play basketball from the shoulders up. They rely completely on what athleticism that they have.

And that is what you get, playing from the shoulders down, low basketball IQ's that lead to poor basketball decision making skills like poor shot selection, increased turnovers, more player-(out-of-) control fouls and increased defensive fouls.

Basketball IQ's can be developed with good solid fundamental coaching. Even at the college level.

But today the game has become an athletic game not a basketball game and a 3 point shooting contest where most teams allow the players to decide who shoots, when they shoot and where they shoot from.

Most teams live (win) and die (lose) by the three. So if they are hot their hot (win) if their not their not (lose).

Also it has become a game of one on one where players look shot first, pass second. Look at Maine's assist to field goals made ratio. Below 50%.
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Re: Maine men's basketball falls to Hartford 67-63

Postby fromthebench » Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:06 pm

True words. I mean, it's one thing to crank up quick shots in the flow of the game, when you're on a run. But, when your team is nursing a small lead on the road and you take a step back, pull up three on the fast break against five defenders with no rebounding and without working the shot clock at all...it speaks for itself.
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Re: Maine men's basketball falls to Hartford 67-63

Postby Blind Zebra » Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:29 pm

Aaron Calixte has shot the ball extremely well this season. 47% from the floor, 37% from 3 and 90% from the line and producing 17 ppg. He is the obvious choice to shoot the ball. I can understand Coach Walsh giving him the green light on every trip. That said, Calixte's ball security issues are a major problem. He averages nearly 5 Turnovers per game. Yes, he has the entire defense coming after him, but that is a ton of lost possessions. I love AC and have been in his corner from game 1,but he has got to clean that up some!
Maine just has little production after that. White has a ton of potential, puts in 10 points per game and shoots decent percentages. Fleming has taken a step back this year. 40% overall shooting and 11% from 3. Buddy, don't shoot 3s!
The real head scratcher on this roster is Why Lowndes and Evans don't play more?? Neither is a point guard but... Araujo should be a 10-12 minute back up. Thinking that Trae Bryant was a huge loss for this team. He may be redshirt eligible??
End of game coaching and 2nd half adjustments would absolutely make a difference for this team. Need to improve interior talent, perimeter shooting and ball handling/distribution.
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Re: Maine men's basketball falls to Hartford 67-63

Postby mainejeff » Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:31 pm

fromthebench wrote:True words. I mean, it's one thing to crank up quick shots in the flow of the game, when you're on a run. But, when your team is nursing a small lead on the road and you take a step back, pull up three on the fast break against five defenders with no rebounding and without working the shot clock at all...it speaks for itself.


Speaks a lot of the head coach watching this BS game after game too. Hey...he’s a great blogger though!
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Re: Maine men's basketball falls to Hartford 67-63

Postby bcbc55 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:11 pm

Guys: Doing the same things over and over and over again and expecting different results for the past 16-96 W-L record 3 plus seasons against D-1 competition by

1. playing too many players,
2. letting the players decide who shoots, when they shoot and where they shoot from,
3. no inside game,
4. no inside-outside
5. no dribble penetration games to get better open 3 looks,
6. living and dying by the three way too much,
7. not recruiting enough BIGS, and
8. losing key players via transfers

are the things that come to my mind immediately have been the same things we have seen for 16-96 3 plus seasons.

Definition of Maine's defense is the time from when Maine shoots the ball on offense to the time they get the ball back is just letting the other team shoot and not have the clock shot determine when the opponents shoot by playing better man defense.

However, if current staff could coach as well as the head coach BLOGS then they would be in the top half of the America L'east Conference right now.
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