HAWKS OUTLAST RATTLERS, 86-81, IN OVERTIME
Jan. 15, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Junior Dishawn Bradshaw (Baltimore, Md.) and redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) each scored five points during the overtime period to lead the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team to an 86-81 victory over Florida A&M Saturday.
The win marks the first of the season for UMES in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference as the team improves to 4-12 overall and 1-2 in the conference while FAMU falls to 5-11 overall and 0-4 in the MEAC.
"This was a win we desperately needed," said head coach Frankie Allen. "For the most part I feel we played well, especially in the second half. Diyaaldin [Kelley] gave us a big lift that we've needed as he played with a lot of energy."
Haley led the Hawks with 20 points on 7-of-18 shooting from the field and 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. He also tallied seven rebounds in the win.
"Playing together and getting stops was a big key for winning this game," commented Haley. "Momentum builds from wins and we want to make it tough for teams to come play at UMES and at the Hytche."
Senior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) registered a game-high eight assists and also chipped in 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in addition to his 13 points on the night. Bradshaw also scored in double digits with 10.
The Rattlers led nearly the entire first half before taking a 36-35 lead with 1:21 left with a layup by freshman Joseph Swift (Brooklyn, N.Y.). The Hawks then took a three-point lead with 51 seconds remaining with a jumper by redshirt sophomore Mark Robertson (Lakewood, N.J.) before a 3-pointer by FAMU freshman Avery Moore knotted the game at 38-38 going into halftime.
The momentum that began at the end of the first half continued as UMES took a 13-point lead on a 22-9 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half with a score of 60-47. FAMU then slowly chipped away at that lead and eventually tied the game at 64-64 with 5:37 left on the clock.
The Hawks took a 72-70 lead off of another layup by Swift with 41 seconds remaining but the Rattlers countered with a layup of their own from Larry Jackson to tie the game for the seventh time. White missed a long-range trey as time expired to send the game into overtime.
UMES and FAMU went back and forth within the first two minutes of overtime before a 3-pointer by Bradshaw with 2:17 on the clock took the lead for the Hawks for good. UMES held the Rattlers to just four points in the final two minutes. The Hawks also went a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line in the extra period.
FAMU's Moore scored a game-high 26 points on 8-of-15 shooting from 3-point land and 9-of-19 shooting overall. Sophomore Amin Stevens recorded a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
UMES continues their conference homestand with a matchup against Bethune-Cookman on Monday. In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, tipoff is slated for 4 p.m. instead of the originally scheduled time of 7 p.m.