ORONO - A late 7-to-1 run featuring a pair of baskets by Alasdair Fraser (Falkirk, Scotland) propelled the University of Maine men's basketball team to a 63-58 win over Boston University on Wednesday night at Alfond Arena. The Black Bears' third-straight win improves them to 6-8 overall and 1-0 in America East Conference play while Boston University falls to 6-8 and 0-1 in league play.
With the Black Bears down 53-55 with just over three minutes remaining, Fraser converted a jumper and on the ensuing Terrier possession Fraser stole the ball. He found Xavier Pollard (Bronx, N.Y.) for a layup giving the Black Bears the lead.
The Terriers missed a three-pointer and Fraser grabbed the rebound. He converted a layup on the other end to extend the Maine lead to four. The teams each exchanged a free throw, and Maurice Watson, Jr. cut the lead to two for BU.
However, Fraser once again responded by converting a pair of free throws moments later to seal the win for Maine.
The first half saw the Terriers take a 24-17 lead with 7:40 remaining, but Maine went on a 9-to-2 run to close out the half courtesy of four points from Justin Edwards (Whitby, Ontario) and the teams were tied at 26 at half.
Pollard led Maine with eight points and three rebounds in the first half while Fraser added six points, three rebounds and two blocks.
Boston University opened the second half on a 12-to-3 run taking a 38-29 lead with 15:47 left and clung to a 53-47 lead with 5:42 left. However following a D.J. Irving jumper with 3:59 remaining, the Terriers could not convert another field goal until 31 seconds left and Fraser's free throws sealed the win.
Fraser was Maine's America East Player of the Game as he finished with 17 points, six rebounds, three blocks and three steals while Watson, Jr. garnered the Terriers' Player of the Game honor with 13 points and seven assists.
Pollard finished with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists while Edwards added 10 points and five assists.
Maine held a commanding 35-26 edge rebounding while shooting 47.1 percent from the field and holding Boston University to 44.4 percent.
Maine continues play on Saturday as the Black Bears host UMBC at 12 p.m.