HOT-SHOOTING SECOND HALF POWERS N.C. A&T PAST UMES, 76-61
Jan. 17, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina A&T shot 52.9 percent from the floor in the second half to overcome an eight-point halftime deficit to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, defeating the Hawks, 76-61, at the Corbett Sports Center Saturday.
The Aggies (7-10, 2-2 MEAC) hit 18-of-34 shots in the second period en route to stopping a two-game losing streak. The loss for the Hawks (3-10, 1-2) spelled the end of their two-game winning streak and dropped them to 0-9 on the road.
Ed Jones (17), Nicholas Wilson (16), Tavarus Alston and Dwane Joshua (12) each scored double figures for N.C. A&T, who had a 46-point second half.
The Hawks were led by junior Neal Pitt (Fort Washington, Md.) with 16 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Keishawn Mayes (Warrenton, N.C.), the only other Hawk in double digits, had 12 points and a game-high nine boards.
After trading baskets for the first six minutes of the game, N.C. A&T's Marc Hill and Joshua hit a 3-pointer and layup to open a 12-7 advantage with 13:16 remaining.
Mayes cut the Aggies' lead to 14-9 with an offensive rebound and put-back before Jones knocked down a three for N.C. A&T's biggest lead of the half at 17-11 with 11:22 to go.
The Hawks proceeded to go on a 10-2 run for a 21-19 advantage with nine minutes to go before the break. Jaime Boyer (Phildelphia, Pa.) scored five points in the spurt, including a three and fastbreak layup off of a steal.
Jones gave the Aggies a 23-22 lead on a jumper, but it was short-lived as Pitt hit a free throw to tie to pull even with 6:56 to play. The Hawks then gained a three-point lead, 27-24, with a two-handed Pitt dunk and one from the charity stripe from Sammy Obetoh (Brooklyn, N.Y.) two minutes later.
After a pair of N.C. A&T free throws and an Obetoh layup, Marc Davis (Baltimore, Md.) drained a three and was fouled for a four-point play and a 33-26 lead with less than two minutes to play.
Mayes followed with a layup for the Hawks' largest lead of the game, 35-26, as they carried a 40-32 advantage into halftime.
UMES shot 48.3 percent on 14-of-29 from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
The Aggies came out on fire in the second half, using a 16-5 run over the first 6:33 to take a 46-41 advantage, a lead it would not relinquish.
Obetoh converted one-of-two free throws to get the Hawks within one at 46-45 with 12:22 left, but that was as close as they would get.
N.C. A&T tallied the next eight points, a stretch capped by the first of three 3-pointers by Wilson in the half, and the hosts were up, 54-45, with less than 10 minutes to play.
Wilson's second from beyond the arc extended the Aggies bulge to double digits, 57-47, 30 seconds later.
N.C. A&T cruised from there, allowing the Hawks just 14 points the rest of the way to earn the win.
UMES went cold from the floor in the second half, shooting just 7-for-26 (26.9 percent) and was 21-of-55 for the game (38.2 percent). N.C. A&T shot 28-of-64 overall (43.8 percent.
The Hawks were outrebounded, 46-37.
UMES' three-game road trip continues at Norfolk State Monday at 7:30 p.m.