ORONO (AP) — Maine has extended basketball coach Ted Woodward’s contract through the 2015 season.

The school announced the extension Thursday, saying Woodward was rewarded for the progress the team has made on the court in the past two seasons and for his high graduation rate.

Woodward, in his eighth season as the Black Bears’ head coach, has a 97-125 record, including a 5-4 mark this season. The program has shown progress the last two seasons, with top three finishes in America East play and marquee victories over Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference opponents. He has also graduated 20 of 21 seniors during his tenure.

Before coming to Maine as an assistant in 1996, Woodward was an assistant at Connecticut and Central Connecticut.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Justin Edwards and Alasdair Fraser scored 17 points apiece to lead Maine over Brown 71-58 on Friday for the Black Bears’ third consecutive win.

Raheem Singleton added 11 points and Gerald McLemore 10 for Maine (6-4), which came alive in the second half to seal the victory.

Brown led 30-29 at the break, but Edwards’ three-point play early in the second half helped spark a 19-7 Maine run over a 7 1/2 minute span for a lead that would stick.

Maine outscored Brown 42-28 in the second half to clinch the comeback.

Mike Allison had a game-high 10 rebounds for Maine, which outrebounded Brown 42-30. Singleton hit 3 of 4 from beyond the arc, as Maine outshot Brown 50 percent (6 of 12) to 23.1 percent (3 of 13) from long range.

Matt Sullivan scored 15 points to lead Brown (5-8), which has lost four of its last five.

 

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