HAWKS DROP MEAC CONTEST TO HOWARD BISON, 70-50
Jan. 5, 2004
Princess Anne, MD - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) (0-7, 0-2 MEAC) dropped their second consecutive MEAC game on Monday, this time to their MEAC rival, the Howard University Bison (3-7, 1-0 MEAC) by a 70-50 margin. The Hawks were done in by the career high in scoring of Bilal Russell who netted 28 points to give the Bison their first MEAC win.
No Hawk scored in double figures tonight for the first time in Head Coach Thomas Trotter's tenure as Aaron Wellington led the Hawks with nine. Javes Wiggins turned in another solid outing collecting seven boards and dropping six points for the Hawks. Tee Trotter, Jareem Dowling, Tim Parham, and DeWitt Scott also totaled six points for UMES.
The Bison forced 13 Hawk turnovers and committed only eight. They capitalized on those scorning 18 points to the Hawk's ten off of turnovers. Howard won the inside game as well outscoring the Hawks 16-8 but got out-rebounded by the Hawks 41-36.
UMES jumped out with the lead on a Dowling jumper but Howard quickly tied it up to start the game with a dunk by Seye Aluko. Dowling free throws gave the Hawks the lead right back but another Aluko basket again tied it for the Bison. From there Howard took the lead on Bilal Russell three-pointer and extended to it as many as nine in the first half. That basket was just three of Russell's career high 28 points. His previous high was just seven for the Bison. The Hawks cut it to three at the 4:27 mark on a Trotter three-pointer to make it a 22-19 game. Howard extended their lead to five at the break as Russell sank a pair of free throws with seven seconds before the buzzer. It was a 31-26 Bison lead at the break.
UMES came out and cut the lead to three 30 seconds into the half on a McKinnon lay-in. The Bison, however pushed the lead to as many as 22 during the second half behind the spirited play of Russell who notched 15 in the second period. Scott came off the bench to spark the Hawks with his six points but UMES could get no closer than 13 after the initial five minutes of play.
Howard also placed three others in double figures with Aluko netting 11, Darryl Hudson ten, and Will Gant 13.
There is no rest for the weary, as UMES travels to fellow system school the University of Maryland tomorrow night. Tip off with the Terps is 8:00 pm at the Comcast Center. The game will be televised. That game marks the beginning of a long road stretch as UMES plays the next six on the road before returning home on the 24th of January to face the Coppin State Eagles.