The Top Two America East Offenses, UAlbany And Maine, Square Off On Saturday

UAlbany Sports Information   01-12-2012
UAlbany Athletics

 UAlbany (11-7, 3-1 AE)

vs. Maine (8-6, 2-1 AE)


 Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)


 Albany N.Y. |  SEFCU Arena 


 Ticket Info


 FOX Sports 980


Live Stats


Game Notes

 Maine notes | UAlbany notes

Albany, N.Y.- UAlbany (11-7, 3-1 AE) and Maine (8-6, 2-1 AE), America East's top two offensive fire-powers, square off in the SEFCU Arena on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7 pm. The Great Danes took the most recent game in overtime on Feb. 27, 2011, 81-77.Saturday's game can be heard on Fox Sports 980 on WOFX-AM in Albany. Rodger Wyland will handle the play-by-play and Zach Bye will assist him with the color analysis.

• UAlbany has shown through the non-conference schedule and four games into the conference schedule that its strength is offense. When UAlbany scores 75 points or more, the team is 9-1 (Loss to Cornell 85-82 OT). The Great Danes have adapted a "Big Three" identity on offense with the guard play of Gerardo Suero, Logan Aronhalt, and Mike Black scoring 68.6 percent (922 of 1343) of the teams total points. In 13 of the possible 18 games this season, the "Big Three" were all able to score in double-digit points in the same game.

Scouting Maine
• Maine, similar to UAlbany, has gone through its non-conference schedule and three games into the season boasting a powerful offense. The Black Bears have three offense categories that put them in the upper echleon of the nation with 74.6 points per game (50th), 16.1 assists per game (24th), and a 48.0 shooting percent (35th).
• The Black Bears' offense is averaging a conference best 74.6 points per game while holding the opponents to 70.1 points on defense. Maine statistically is the same team as UAlbany the way they play both sides of the court.

• Maine leads the all-time series against UAlbany, 11-9. The Great Danes have dropped the last three of the previous four games.
• In the Feb. 27, 2011 overtime game Maine led at the half, 43-33. Alasdair Fraser and Gerald McLemore, Maine's current players, combined for 12 of the 43 Black Bear points while current Great Dane Logan Aronhalt led the Great Danes with 10. Maine would get its lead up as high as 12 points in the second half but UAlbany would be able to tie the game at 66 with a 33 seconds left in the game after a Ralph Watts emphatic dunk to put it into overtime. With the combined effort of Mike Black's two three-pointers and Logan Aronhalt's four-consecutive free throws pushed UAlbany to the win, 81-77.

Maine Players To Watch
• The Black Bears have three players that are averaging double-digit points on the season.
• Gerald McLemore is 15th in the nation and Maine's team leader in scoring with 20.2 ppg, shooting an impressive 47.5 percent from the fl oor (97-204)
• McLemore is also the Black Bear's most accurate shooter from behind the arc with a 40.6 shooting percentage (39-96 3FG).
• Alasdair Fraser, the Black Bear's 6-foot-7 sophomore forward, is averaging 14.1 points per game and grabbing 7.9 boards a game.

Last Time Out
• The Great Danes came back strong at home by defeating UNH by 23, 86-63.
• Logan Aronhalt led all scorers with 21 points and continues his streak at the line of 17 in a row
• Mike Black had one of his best games of the season scoring 17 and grabbing a career-high nine rebounds, seven of which were in the first half.




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