UMES FALLS SHORT IN 71-64 LOSS TO LEAGUE-LEADING B-CU
Jan. 17, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team definitely had their opportunities against Bethune-Cookman Monday evening but was unable to get over the proverbial hump as they fell, 71-64, at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center.
"This is a tough pill to swallow," said head coach Frankie Allen. "This was a game of runs and we definitely had the opportunities to make big plays and take a lead. All conference games have been and will continue to be this close and we have to keep fighting to find a way to win and get over the hump."
Junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) led the way for the Hawks with a game-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, six rebounds and two blocks.
"I couldn't be more proud of a kid with how far Tyler has come since he arrived here three years ago," commented Allen. "He is always putting in the extra time and hard work to succeed. He is a warrior on the boards and had a great game tonight."
Junior Dishawn Bradshaw (Baltimore, Md.) and redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) also scored in double figures with 10 and 12 points, respectively. Haley also contributed six rebounds while Bradshaw came up with three. Freshman Joseph Swift (Brooklyn, N.Y.) dished out eight assists on the night in addition to five points and four rebounds of his own.
The Wildcats would take a 10-point lead with under 10 minutes remaining in the first half before consecutive 3-point baskets by freshman Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) cut the score to 24-20.
With 6:00 on the clock, Hines converted a traditional 3-point play after being fouled by B-CU's Garrius Holloman and then came up with a layup at 4:59 to give the Hawks the lead at 25-24.
The Wildcats then took a 13-2 run going into halftime with a score of 38-27.
The two teams exchanged baskets for the first five minutes of the second half before the Hawks would make another run. A layup by junior Diyaaldin Kelley (Philadelphia, Pa.) and trey from Bradshaw were capped off by a monstrous drunk from Haley to make things 47-40 in favor of B-CU with 13:19 on the clock.
UMES would cut the lead to one point as they made an 8-0 run over the next four minutes to bring the score to 49-48.
Haley came up with another dunk at the 6:54 mark to shift the momentum towards the Hawks and cause Wildcats' head coach Cliff Reed to call a timeout at 55-51.
With 4:44 remaining, UMES cut the lead to one once again at 57-56 with a layup from Hines. That is the closest the Hawks would get in the remaining minutes as B-CU finished the game 6-for-7 from the free throw line en route to a 71-64 victory.
With the loss, the Hawks fall to 4-13 on the season and 1-3 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play. The Wildcats improve to 5-0 in the conference and 10-8 overall.
Holloman recorded his second career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds for B-CU. CJ Reed also contributed 15 points for the Wildcats.
UMES continues their four-game homestand with a 4 p.m. matchup against Coppin State on Saturday at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center.