PITT AND BURNS LEAD UMES TO VICTORY OVER COPPIN STATE, 70-62
Jan. 23, 2010
BALTIMORE, Md. - Senior Neal Pitt (Fort Washington, Md.) recorded his second double-double of the season and the 13th of his career as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team defeated Coppin State, 70-62, at the Physical Education Complex Saturday afternoon.
Pitt scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and was joined by junior Tim Burns (Franklinville, N.J.) and redshirt sophomore Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) in double-digit scoring. Burns led all scorers with 20 points while Haley had 13 of his own.
The game started off slow for both the Hawks and Eagles as they went into the first media timeout with a score of 5-3. CSU led for the first part of the first half until a free throw by Burns tied the game at 13-all. A defensive rebound by Pitt was then converted into a 3-pointer for junior Josh Bright (Salisbury, Md.) to make the score 16-13 in favor of UMES at the 11:08 mark.
A pair of free throws by both Pitt and junior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) put the Hawks up at 24-21 with under five minutes remaining in the half. A 3-pointer by Burns at the 1:21 mark put the halftime score at 27-24 with the Hawks leading.
The Eagles got off to a fast start in the second half going on a 12-5 run in the first four minutes.
At the 13:24 mark, Haley took a charge from CSU's Michael Harper, which sparked a run for UMES. A layup by Haley just over a minute later put the Hawks up 40-39 and they would not look back.
A defensive rebound by White led to an exciting 3-point play by Burns at the 8:02 mark as Quinston Reggins fouled him and layup just barely fell into the hoop after rolling around the rim. With the play, UMES went up by eight at 51-43.
Haley continued his 18-game streak of making a 3-pointer with a trey at the 6:03 mark to make things 56-47.
A nice lay-in by Pitt at the 1:42 mark would be the Hawks' last field goal of the game, as they would make five free throws in the final minute and a half and win by a score of 70-62.
The win for UMES broke a five-game losing streak to the Eagles and improved their overall record to 5-13 and 3-2 in the MEAC. CSU fell to 5-12 overall and 0-5 in MEAC play.
Kareem Brown and Branden Doughty led the Eagles in scoring with 14 points apiece.
UMES continues their Baltimore trip when they play at Morgan State Monday at 7:30 p.m.