POOR SECOND HALF SHOOTING DOWNS UMES AT OKLAHOMA, 73-49
Jan. 3, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. - For the fourth straight game, redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) led the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team in scoring but shooting woes got the best of the Hawks as they fell, 73-49, to the University of Oklahoma Monday night at the Lloyd Noble Center.
UMES (3-10) shot just 27.6 percent 8-of-29 shooting from the floor in the second half and 32.8 percent overall in the game in the loss as they wrapped up their non-conference schedule.
"Each game we're getting better but we haven't been able to sustain any momentum," stated head coach Frankie Allen. "We had a lot of easy shots that fell short and once we got behind, we couldn't dig in and come back. Despite the score, this'll help our confidence as we had this game and were in it. We know what it takes and we have to find a way to put it all together to win."
Haley had 17 points on the night and also led the team with nine rebounds. Freshman Joseph Swift (Brooklyn, N.Y.) posted a game-high three steals in addition to his five points and three assists.
"With JoJo's penetration and quickness, he is really difficult to guard," commented Allen. "As a team, we played well because of him and Mark [Robertson]. They hustled and really earned their minutes tonight. It seems like a lopsided loss, but I'm pleased for the most part with the effort that was put forth."
The Sooners took a quick lead on the night, holding a score of 11-2 before Swift scored the team's second basket of the night at the 13:12 mark. Just over a minute later, the Hawks cut the lead to five at 13-8 with an offensive rebound and layup by senior Freddy Obame Obame (Libreville, Gabon).
With less than five minutes remaining in the first half, UMES made an 8-0 run off of two turnovers by OU's Calvin Newell. The turnovers resulted in treys by Haley and redshirt sophomore Mark Robertson (Lakewood, N.J.) and a banked-in jumper by senior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
The Hawks ended the half with two jumpers by White and a layup in the paint by Obame Obame to be within five at 33-28.
UMES continued their momentum in the beginning of the second half as they cut the lead to two with a 3-pointer by Haley at the 14:49 mark. The Hawks quieted an already subdued crowd with 12:37 remaining when junior Dishawn Bradshaw (Baltimore, Md.) drove the lane and dished a layup to junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) to tie the game at 39-39.
The Sooners responded by going on a 14-0 run over the next six-plus minutes to take back control of the game. UMES' scoring draught ended with 6:01 on the clock when Haley made a nice up and under move to fake out his defender and make a jumper to make things 53-41.
Over the final minutes, OU would balloon their lead to 26 before wrapping up the game with a final score of 73-49.
Sooner sophomore Steven Pledger posted a game-high 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field (3-of-4 from behind the arc) while senior Cade Davis tallied a double-double for the Sooners with 11 points and 12 rebounds (11 on the defensive end). With the win, OU improves to 8-6 on the season.
The Hawks return to their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule as they travel to South Carolina State on Saturday to take on the Bulldogs at 4 p.m.