Brown's Record Night Not Enough for Maine
Portland, ME - The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, saw a record-setting performance by Bryce Brown in a thriller at the Portland Expo, but in the end Maine fell to Delaware, 128-123.
Maine (7-4) was led by Brown with 43 points, including a perfect 11-11 from three-point range. The 11 made threes sets a franchise record for made three-pointers. Tremont Waters, Yante Maten and Boston Celtics assignee Vincent Poirier each scored 18 points on the loss.
Delaware (8-4) was led by Xavier Munford with 44 points. Marial Shayok added 26 points in the win.
The Blue Coats started the game with two quick buckets, with Shayok knocking in an elbow jumper. Maten buried a three to tie the game at 9. Shayok answered that with a three of his own. The Red Claws went on a mini run, with Poirier slamming home his first bucket of the game to make it 21-14 Maine. The Blue Coats came back, with Koumadje's bucket cutting it to 1. Jaysean Paige and the Claws closed the quarter on a strong run, and Maine led 35-25 after 1.
In the 2nd, Maten opened the scoring with a running floater. The Blue Coats and Red Claws would trade buckets, with Maine maintaining a 9 point lead. Xavier Munford drained a three off a Koumadje block, and Koumadje's put-back slam cut it to 43-39. Munford tied the game at the free throw line, knotting it at 51. Waters buried a three to put the Claws up 3. Brown knocked in a pair of threes, and Maine led 60-59 at the half. The Red Claws shot 51.1% (23-45) from the floor in the first half, and 58.8% (10-17) from downtown.
Maten and the Claws opened the 3rd with two quick buckets. Off a missed dunk, Waters fed Bibbs for a slam that put Maine up 4. Brown continued to pour it in from the outside, as Maine held a narrow lead. Haywood Highsmith hit a three to tie the game at 83. Shayok's three-point play put Delaware up late in the quarter, and Julian Washburn's three points from the free throw line put the Blue Coats up 94-90 after 3.
In the 4th, Maten scored 5 straight points for Maine to cut the deficit to 1. Munford dropped in a pair of buckets for Delaware. Munford continued to pour it on, with the lead swelling to 9 at 104-95. Poirier's free throw for 2 points cut it to 3. Brown and the Claws got back into the game, with Brown's three giving Maine a 109-108 lead. Munfrod answered with a three of his own. Brown buried his 10th three of the game, then followed it up with a 15-footer to put Maine up 118-115. Shayok's three put Delaware up 3 with a minute to go. Brown's 11th three got Maine close, but the Red Claws could not overcome the final deficit.
Maine shot 50.6% (45-89) from the field, and 46.5 (19-40) from three-point range, while going 8-10 from the free throw line. Delaware shot 50% (48-96) from the floor, 29.4% (10-34) from downtown and 13-14 from the charity stripe.
The Red Claws hit the road for the rest of the month, returning home on Dec. 29.
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