NJIT defeats Maine again 81-72

The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Terrence Smith scored 22 points and Damon Lynn 19 as NJIT defeated Maine 81-72 on Wednesday night.

NJIT won at Maine 88-82 on Nov. 19.

The Highlanders (5-4) used 51.6 percent shooting in the first half to take a nine-point lead. Free throws paid off in the second half, when they made 17 of 23 attempts.

Trailing by 20 at 10:34 of the second half, Maine (2-5) made a couple of runs before closing within five points with 1:05 left on a pair of free throws by Dimitry Akanda-Coronel. But the Highlanders hit 7 of 8 free throws from there to secure the victory.

The Highlanders survived 23 turnovers that led to 29 Maine points. Tim Coleman added 13 points and Winfield Willis 12 for NJIT.

Zarko Valjarevic led the Black Bears with 19 points, Xavier Pollard added 18 points and 11 rebounds and Garet Beal scored 12.

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