ONE-POINT CLIPS HAWKS IN 58-57 LOSS TO BETHUNE-COOKMAN
Jan. 29, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --Entering halftime Monday night, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore held a 31-30 lead over its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent. By the end of regulation Bethune-Cookman had turned the tables, and would go on to defeat UMES 58-57. This is the second consecutive game that the Hawks have lost by one-point. The loss drops UMES to 1-15 overall and 1-4 in the MEAC.
Kevin Mays repeated a 20-point, double-double performance as he grabbed 11 rebounds. Francis Ezeiru notched a game-high 13 boards. UMES again outperformed its opponent, winning the battle of the boards 40-30. Against Florida A&M the Hawks notched a season-high 57 rebounds.
Mays went 8-of-12 from the field, and tacked on four perfect free throws. Teammate Troy Snyder added 11 points, as did Louis Bell. Snyder was a hound defensively with six steals and five defensive rebounds. UMES had a total of 13 steals.
The Hawks' 14 offensive rebounds helped to contribute almost a 1:1 ratio of offensive rebounds to second-chance opportunities. UMES notched 16 second chance points, and held Bethune-Cookman to just seven points.
UMES struggled from behind the three-point line, making just 39-percent of its attempts. Defensively, the Hawks held Bethune-Cookman to 32-percent from the three-point line. The Hawks did struggle from the field, making just 37-percent (19-51) of its shots.
The Hawks led by as many as seven points before Bethune-Cookman tied and took the lead. Monday's game was tied four times and its lead changed an equal amount.
In the last four games, UMES has lost three games by a combined seven points. Beginning Saturday, February 2, UMES will compete in two home contests. North Carolina A&T will be the Hawks first contest after Monday's loss, followed by North Carolina Central (Feb. 4).