Playoff basketball returned to 'The Pit' at Memorial Gym on the UMaine campus Sunday afternoon and it took a while for the Black Bears to get going but in the end they scored a 66-51 AE semi-final win over UAlbany.

The victory puts Maine in the conference championship game for a fourth straight year.

The Bears rough start had the Great Danes leading 19-9 after one quarter. Shooting was the issue, just 4-four-16 (25%).

Maine outscored Albany 25-13 in the second quarter and outscored them 32-19 in the second half.

Tanesha Sutton had 21 points and six rebounds to lead the Bears. Blanca Millan and Dor Saar added 10 points each.

As a team, Maine shot 24-for-26 from the foul line.

Kyara Frames had 16 points to lead the Great Danes.

UAlbany's season ends at 13-18.