Men's Basketball Drops Tough Decision to Richmond

Black Bears fall 44-42

Mark Socoby had 14 points and 10 rebounds on Monday.

Mark Socoby had 14 points and 10 rebounds on Monday.

Nov. 5, 2007

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Maine men's basketball team opened the 2007-08 college season on Monday with a tough 44-42 loss to Richmond in the opening game of the Memphis Regional in the 2k Sports College Hoops Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. Maine fell to 0-1, while the Spiders improved to 1-0.

Mark Socoby, who had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, launched a half-court shot at the final buzzer that rattled around the rim and came out. Socoby's last-chance shot came after Richmond guard David Gonzalvez made two free throws with 3.6 seconds remaining to seal the win for the Spiders.

The Black Bears out-rebounded Richmond by a margin of 40-21. In addition to Socoby, freshman forward Sean McNally had nine rebounds and point Junior Bernal had eight rebounds. However, Maine could not overcome 29 turnovers.

Richmond raced out to a 17-11 lead midway through the first half. However, Maine responded and scored 12 of the final 18 points of the half to tie the game at 23-23 at halftime. Bernal had a team-best eight points in the opening 20 minutes.

Richmond, again in the second half, raced out to a 32-25 edge. And again, Maine responded and went on 10-2 run to go up 35-34 with 8:30 remaining in the game. A Socoby layup put Maine on top.

The lead changed hands the rest of the contest. Gonzalvez hit a three-pointer with 2:58 to go in the game to put the Spiders up 42-20. Socoby knotted the contest at 42 with :15 left on a jumper in the lane.

Maine returns to action Tuesday when it faces either UT-Martin or Memphis on the final day of the Memphis Regional.

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