UMES DROPS ANOTHER TIGHT ONE, LOSES TO BETHUNE-COOKMAN, 63-54
Jan. 28, 2008
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Hawks exchanged the lead 12 times but could not pull out a tightly contested ballgame in a 63-54 loss to Bethune-Cookman University (BC-U) Monday night in Moore Gymnasium.
"I think we put ourselves in position to win the game, but again, we couldn't make a lay-up when we needed it," said Interim Head Coach Meredith Smith. "We missed four of five lay-ups in the first half."
Both teams exchanged leads several times in the first half with UMES (2-19, 0-6 MEAC) jumping out to a four point advantage on an Ed Tyson (Baltimore, Md./Walbrook H.S.) lay-up just over six minutes into the game.
However, BC-U (8-12, 3-4 MEAC) would answer step-for-step and eventually took a four point lead of their own on a pair of Dewayne Pettus free-throws, but a Jahmal Bivins (Baltimore, Md./Randallstown H.S.) lay-up right before the half would cut it to 27-25 at the break.
Neither team shot particularly well from the field in the first half as both teams finished around 35 percent, however; the Wildcats relied on their free throw-shooting (eight-of-11) to take a narrow lead.
The Hawks struggled from downtown converting on just one-of-10 and only attempting four free-throws in the half.
Despite being down two, UMES, outscored BC-U in the paint, 18-4, and had seven more second chance points, 10-3.
UMES opened up the second half on a six point run that was capped off by a Marc Davis (Baltimore, Md./Walbrook H.S.) jumper which made it 31-27 with 15:53 left in the game.
After Bivins converted on a three point play to give the Hawks a 43-40 lead, a Pettus jumper would ignite a seven point run that culminated with a Dominque Whatley field goal to extend the BC-U advantage to 47-43 with just under nine minutes remaining.
The teams would exchange baskets a few times before a Davis free-throw would cut it to two, 51-49, with 4:28 left in the game.
However, it was Whatley who came through once again with a timely three-pointer that swung the momentum in the Wildcats favor for good. The Hawks would get as close as five on a Tyson jumper, but BC-U was just too much down the stretch as they clinched the win on a Joey Woods three-point shot with just under a minute left.
Tyson led the UMES offensive attack with a game-high 24 points, while adding a career-high five steals in all 40 minutes of action. Davis, the only other Hawk player in double figures, added 13 points and six assists, while Denzel Jackson (Philadelphia, Pa./National Christian Academy) grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Bivins had a career night as he finished with seven points, seven rebounds, and two assists in 20 minutes of play.
The Wildcats were led by John Holmes, a local product from Salisbury, Md., with a double-double of 13 points and 18 rebounds. Whatley came on strong in the second half finishing with 15 points on five-of-six shooting from the field and a perfect three-of-three from beyond the arc. Pettus rounded out the double digit scoring for BC-U with 10 points.
BC-U turned on the shooting in the second half and finished the night 42.2 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range, and 81 percent from the free-throw line.
It was the Wildcats defense that held stiff in the end, limiting UMES to just three-of-21 (14.3 percent) from downtown although the Hawks finished a respectable 36.8 percent from the floor.
Without the services of both centers, UMES was tough on the boards only getting outrebounded, 37-32, while essentially holding an advantage in several other categories, including points in the paint, 26-10, second chance points, 16-8, fast break points, 7-2, steals, 12-5, turnovers, 21-13, and points of them, 24-13.
"The defensive effort was good, but we hurt ourselves by missing easy baskets and in the final analysis that was a big part of the outcome," said Smith.
UMES will now travel to Baltimore for a set of games beginning with Morgan State on Saturday, February 2. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 E.T. and can be heard on WTGM-AM 960 The Team or live on the internet at www.umeshawks.com.