WATERVILLE, Maine - University of Maine at Farmington men's basketball (0-1) dropped its season opener 74-69 to Wheelock College (1-1) on Friday night in Waterville as part of the Charlie Ryan Classic played at Thomas College.
UMF led 37-30 at halftime, getting 14 points and seven rebounds from freshman Riley Robinson (Dixfield, Maine/Dirigo). Fellow freshman Amir Moss (Portland, Maine/Portland) chipped in with nine points. Wheelock senior Anthony Williams led the Wildcats with 16 points to keep them within reach.
Wheelock outscored UMF by 12 points in the second half to pull out the victory. Nicholas Fenton poured in 15 points, Derek Fournier added 10, and Williams contributed 8. For the Beavers, Moss had 12 points.
The Beavers had a chance to tie with 13 seconds left and down 3, but a turnover out of a timeout ended the opportunity.
For the game, Moss scored 21 points, Robinson added a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Issac Witham (Skowhegan, Maine/Skowhegan) added 11 points and four assists in the first career game for all three. For Wheelock, Williams had a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds, Fournier scored 16, Fenton dropped in 15 and Matthew Eason chipped in 13.
The Beavers shot 51% from the field (3-15, 20% for 3pt) to Wheelock's 39%. Wheelock held the advantage from the free throw line shooting 17-22 (77%) to UMF's 6-8 (75%).
UMaine-Farmington will be back in action on Saturday at 3:00 when they play the University of New England in the final game of the Charlie Ryan Classic. Wheelock will play Thomas College at 1:00.