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  • Friday Jan 23, 2015 | 6:10 pm

    Black Bear women are on a roll, and Wood has been their rock

    The Maine women’s basketball team is looking for its second six-game winning streak of what is shaping up to be a fantastic season. The Black Bears are 13-6 overall and 5-1 in America East, with the lone loss a narrow 49-43 setback against front-running Albany. But even after back-to-back convincing home wins — 70-48 against Binghamton and 74-46 against Vermont on Thursday — Coach Richard Barron is focusing on the […]

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    Friday Jan 23, 2015 | 11:51 am

    For Walsh and Black Bears, it’s been a long, cruel winter

    I don’t know where the Maine men’s basketball team’s next win will come from, or if it will even be this season. After losing by 17 points Thursday to the team they shared last place in America East with, it looks more and more likely that we could be witnessing a 1-28 season unfolding, which is obviously not what anyone from Coach Bob Walsh on down envisioned four months ago. […]

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  • Saturday Jan 03, 2015 | 6:53 pm

    Barron wants his Black Bears to stop settling for ‘neutral’

    Maine women’s basketball Coach Richard Barron made an interesting point about his team after Saturday’s 49-43 loss to Albany. It had to do with the difference between reining in your talent to fit into a team concept, and fully maximizing your potential. In his view, and this certainly seems valid, too many Black Bears are too concerned about staying within the offensive system and that is keeping them from  having […]

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  • Saturday Jan 03, 2015 | 11:49 am

    Highly touted Black Bear rookies starting to carry their weight

    It’s not exactly an offensive explosion, but it has to be encouraging for the Maine hockey team that its freshman forwards are starting to find the net these days. Nolan Vesey got his third goal of the season, all in the last five games, on Friday to provide the game-winner in a 4-1 victory over Canisius. Malcolm Hayes added his fourth of the year, on a hard-charging third-period rebound, to […]

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  • Tuesday Dec 16, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    Byron’s hot streak is encouraging for the struggling Black Bears

    The Maine men’s hockey team lost the chance to enter a three-week holiday break with some momentum Saturday. The Black Bears blew their fourth third-period lead of the season and allowed New Hampshire to take a 7-4 victory in front of a boisterous crowd of 6,183 at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. That leaves Maine a disappointing 4-13-1 with half a season left to generate something positive. A couple of […]

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  • Saturday Dec 13, 2014 | 4:48 pm

    Black Bear Hayes already making a black-and-blue mark on rivalry

    Malcolm Hayes committed to play hockey at Maine and then turned to the modern-day research tool for all college athletes — YouTube. He wanted to get a videotaped taste of what it was like when the Black Bears played their biggest rivals, New Hampshire. On Friday, Hayes, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound freshman forward, stepped into that rivalry and immediately cast a large shadow, scoring the game-winning goal in a 5-2 victory […]

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  • Friday Dec 12, 2014 | 11:46 am

    Given a chance to fold, Black Bears basketball team ups ante instead

    It was the moment that inevitably seems to arise in a basketball pitting a major-conference school against its much smaller visitors. Boston College’s 6-foot-11 Will Magarity stepped out to the top of the key and nailed a 3-pointer over Maine’s Christian Ejiga as the shot clock hit “1” and the Eagles grabbed a 36-23 lead with 4:36 left in the first half Thursday. That’s just not fair, you were thinking. […]

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    Wednesday Dec 03, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Walsh gets first win as a Black Bear, but it was a team effort

    The Maine men’s basketball team didn’t carry Coach Bob Walsh off the court on their shoulders, or toss him into the shower afterward. As milestone moments go, this one was pretty subdued, at least for the new Black Bear coach. The inbounds play he drew up worked to perfection and Zarko Valjarevic drilled a baseline jumper with 1.7 seconds left in overtime Tuesday to secure an 82-81 victory over Wagner. […]

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  • Saturday Nov 29, 2014 | 4:51 pm

    Suddenly cohesive Black Bear defense knocks Brown off stride

    The takeaway from today’s Maine women’s basketball victory wasn’t just that Liz Wood is very good when she’s determined to carry her team offensively. We kind of knew that. It was that the Black Bears are looking more comfortable in their 2-3 matchup zone. Maine held Brown to 34.5 percent shooting and allowed only four offensive rebounds while winning 58-53. The Black Bear defense was active and usually moving as […]

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