In a very big unexpected win for the UMaine @ Fort Kent Bengals, a team that is in a college basketball division the United State Collegiate Athletic Association, which is below D-1, D-2, D-3, NAIA 1 and 2, handed the UMaine Black Bears a very surprising 80-75 defeat, after Maine had opened their 2 game exhibition series by beating Husson University last Saturday 108-79 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
3rd year Coach Tom Bird of Fort Kent was there scouting the Husson-Maine game and he must have seen some thing that his team could take advantage off in pulling this big, big upset.
This game was played at the Bears home practice facility, “THE FAMOUS PIT”.
Rosevelt Smith a sharpshooting guard lead the Bengals with 29 points on 12 for 17 from the floor and 5 for 10 from the line. Steve Bell added 15 points and Bobby Syvanthong pitched in with 11.
For the Maine squad, transfer Wes Myers had 18 points, followed by freshmen Andrew Fleming with 12 and 11 each from Austin Howard and Aaron Calixe.
FK lead by 2, 36-34 at the half. Maine came right out at the beginning of the 2nd half with 6 unanswered points to take a quick 40-36 lead. However, FK moved to take a 57-44, 13 point lead, their biggest of the game, at the 12:54 mark of the 2nd half.
Then Maine went on a 13-0 run in just 4 minutes and 25 seconds and tied the game at 57 all with 8:25 to go in the game. FK regathered it’s poise and took and 9 point lead with 3 minutes to go and Maine made another run and it remained close the rest of the way and wasn’t decided until the last seconds on the game when FK hit 2 foul shots to clinch the big upset win.
Maine had a very tough day in shooting in all aspects as they shot just 35.6% from the floor on 26 for 73, 7 for 30 from beyond the arc for just 23.3% and shot just 60.5% from the line on 16-26.
Fort Kent also struggled from beyond the arc as they shot 5 for 18 for just 27.8%, really struggled from the line on 7 for 17 for a way below average of just 41.2%.
However, the difference in the game was the 50.7% the team from the top of Maine made 34 of 67.
FK had 48 points in the paint and Maine had 36.
Maine out rebounded Fort Kent 55 to 39. Getting 25 offensive rebounds to the Fort Kenters 10. Maine had 30 defensive boards and their opponents managed 29.
A big factor in the game was Maine’s 21 turnovers which gave Fort Kent 32 points and Maine only managed 7 points of 14 turnovers.
Maine committed 20 fouls and FK 22.
Both teams struggled in the assist department as Maine had 11 and FK had 10.
Maine only lead for 8.8 percent of the game while Fort Kent lead for 78.5%. Game was tied 12.7 per cent of the game.
Maine had 88 offensive possessions and FK had 86.
Maine’s average scoring possessions was 17 seconds and Fort Kent’s was every 12 seconds.
This is the lst time FK has ever beaten UMaine and could well be the biggest basketball win for Coach Tom Bird’s Fort Kent’s Bengals, especially in beating Maine at their home practice facility and not at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
The last non D-1 team to beat UMaine was two years ago when USM beat the Bears at Gorham in the season exhibition opener.
Several years back Husson beat UMaine at Alfond Arena 72-71 on a last second corner shot.
Way back, USM beat Maine at the “PIT” and in the very next game Maine beat a top rated and ranked Michigan State Team at the Old Bangor Auditorium.
Stats gotten from the goblackbears.com’s live box score and also from the play-by-play section of the same site.
Maine’s next game is when they visit D-1 pre-season 39th ranked D-1 Virginia Tech on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11th at 9:00pm