Maine played their first exhibition game of the season on Saturday thumping University of Laval (Quebec City) 82-39. The Black Bears played smothering man to man defense in this one, showing off their quickness, length and athleticism. They were led by senior center Mike Allison who pumped in 17 points and 8 boards. Zarko Valjarevic poured in 15 (5 of 9 from deep) and Ali Fraser added 13 points. Some notes from the game... Maine has much more size at the point guard spot with Xavier Pollard 6'2 195 and Shaun Lawton 6'5 190. This tandem can get after it defensively. Last season with Andrew Rogers and Raheem Singleton the point guard spot was a defensive liability. Maine also displayed cohesive team play, nice job by Edwards and Fraser sharing the basketball. This may be a case of addition by subtraction. Gerald McLemore, though a great shooter, was by no means a great teammate. Also of note, Maine was without the services of juco transfer combo guard Leon Cooper Jr, who has a health issue and freshman guard/forward Dimitry Coronel who is sitting out for undisclosed reasons.