Florida Gulf Coast ranked 84th in the realtimerpi team D1 power Ratings found a group of real hungry Maine Black Bears stinging from 3 consecutive losses on the road and giving up 93 points a game defensively in those 3 losses.
It was not the case Saturday afternoon at the Alfond Arena as the Black Bears upset the FGCers 84-78 to up their D1 record to 3-8.
Maine led by 10, 37-27 at the half only to have FGC run 11 in a row unawnsered points to take the lead 38-37.
However, Maine called a time out an then proceeded on a run of their own by scoring the next 7 points and eventually took the lead for good.
Maine held off several FGC rallies and the game was still close under the 4 minute mark and Maine put the game away at the foul line as FGC fouled to stop the clock.
Comparing shooting percentages: “Maine was as red hot as the FGCers were cold”. “Maine was hotter then a red heated iron while the Coasters were colder then a referees heart”.
Maine shot 28 for 55 from the floor for 50%, 6 for 14 for 3 pointers for 42.9% and shot a bliztering 85% from the line on 22 for 27.
Gulf Coast shot 30 of 74 from the floor for just over 40%, were a poor 6 of 29 from “teaserland” for 20% and shot only 57% from the foul line on a 12 for 21 effort.
Maine committed 20 turnovers and FGC committed 13. Maine committed 20 personal fouls and FGC 19. Maine had 15 assists and FGC had 19.
Edwards led Maine with 27 and Fraser had 21.
FGC 5 losses this year have all been on the road. It was Maines 2nd home win of the year.
Big win for the Bears as they head for Quinnipac next weekend in search of their second win in a row before they open up their AE Conference play against BU in early January.
I am sure that they will be working on cutting down their turnovers and personal fouls this week along with trying to improve their 46 for 187 from 3 point land for just 26%.