UMES FALTERS, 67-61, IN CLOSE AFFAIR AT NCCU
Jan. 10, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team never fell behind by more than 11 points, but they were unable to ever catch up with North Carolina Central University Monday afternoon as they fell to the Eagles, 67-61, at the McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium.
For the sixth consecutive contest, redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) led the Hawks (3-12) in scoring with 15 points. The majority of Haley's points came off of free throws as he was 10-for-13 from the charity stripe.
Freshman Joseph Swift (Brooklyn, N.Y.) recorded a career-high in points for the second consecutive game with 13 on 5-of-5 shooting from the field and 1-for-1 from behind the arc. Junior Dishawn Bradshaw (Baltimore, Md.) also scored in double figures for UMES as he registered 10 points on the night.
The Eagles started off on a 12-5 run before Bradshaw swished two successive long 3-pointers to come within one at 13:26. The Hawks then took a one-point lead with a jumper from White just a minute later.
NCCU responded with a 10-0 run, which was broken up with a jumper by Swift and a trey from redshirt sophomore Mark Robertson (Lakewood, N.J.) to bring the score to 22-18 with 8:22 left in the half.
At the 6:07 mark, the Eagles took their largest and lone double figure lead of the game at 29-18 with a 3-pointer from junior Landon Clement.
UMES ended the half on a 6-2 run with free throws from Haley and a traditional 3-point play by Swift to bring the score to 36-31.
Four minutes into the second half, White grabbed a defensive rebound and dished off to Bradshaw for two fast-break points to bring the Hawks within four at 43-39.
UMES went on a 7-0 run to bring things to 50-49 before the 10-minute mark with baskets by Hines and free throws by Haley. White tallied another assist at 12:02 when he found Hines wide open across the lane on the lower box for an easy two points.
The two teams continued to exchange points before NCCU took charge in the final minute by making seven free throws to bring the final score to 67-61.
The Eagles (6-8) were led in scoring by Clement with 24 points on 9-of-16 from the field and 4-of-9 from three-point range.
UMES returns home for the first time in more than three weeks as they host Florida A&M on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Hawks welcome all youth 12 and younger to attend their game free as a part of the annual "Take A Kid to the Game" day.