UMES OPENS NEW YEAR WITH LOSS TO AMERICAN
Jan. 3, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C.--The University of Maryland Eastern Shore battled from being up by two points earlier in the game, to down by seven in the last three minutes to losing 63-49 by the end of regulation. UMES struggled to keep its offense going against American University Thursday, and opened its 2013 campaign with a loss. Troy Snyder finished with a team-high 13 points.
The Hawks Troy Snyder opened the game for UMES with an early two point basket, while UMES led for the first 30 seconds of the game. Defensively, UMES allowed American to score just eight points through the first 4:30 of the game. American earned its seven-point lead (13-9) at 14:24 from mostly fouls called against UMES. By the under eight-minute media timeout, UMES had nine team fouls to American's four.
UMES kept within five points for most of the game, trailing 22-17 at 6:20, but would see that deficit increase following two made free throws by American's Stephen Lumpkins. The Hawks were 4-of-8 from the line, while American shot 78 percent on 7-of-9 shooting at the free-throw line.
The Hawks struggled with protecting and maintaining possession of the ball. UMES had seven turnovers, allowing American to score 12 points off of those turnovers.
As the Hawks battled back with 3:52 remaining in the first half, the Hawks trailed 24-20 after five points scored by Jarrod Davis. American would methodically open its advantage from a seven-point lead to a 12-point advantage (32-20), its largest lead of the half with less than two minutes.
Snyder returned to score a layup with 58.1 seconds on the clock to trail 34-24. He led the Hawks with eight points at halftime.
Ronald Spencer scored on two free throws, and made two defensive stops to help UMES cut within six points (42-36) at 11:50 in the second half. Snyder also added three points for the Hawks, hitting a tough three pointer to give UMES 34 points.
UMES tightened its defense, forcing American to commit two early turnovers which converted to points for the Hawks. A steal by Dominique Cowell brought UMES within five points to 45-40 at 8:37.
The Hawks made improvement on the boards, which contributed to limiting American's second chance opportunities. UMES grabbed 25 rebounds, one shy of American's 26 rebounds at the under eight-minute media timeout.
A two-point (8-6) advantage is what the Hawks held in the second chance points. In three minutes, American jumped backed to a double-digit lead of 54-33 with 4:01 remaining in the contest.
Davis took a charge to give the Hawks possession of the ball at 3:35. A once promising category for the Hawks in rebounds diminished to a 31-26 lead for the Eagles. Following two made free throws by Kevin Mays, UMES pressured the inbound pass to force a turnover. Spencer found himself on the beneficial end of a deflected ball by Cowell to finish with a dunk at the rim.
The effort was a bit too late for the Hawks as it would give up six points in less than a minute, and fall to a 63-49 deficit at the final horn sounded.
The loss evened the two team's all-time record at 3-3 over the last three years.