UMES FALTERS IN SECOND HALF; LOSES CLOSE AFFAIR AT HAMPTON, 78-66
Jan. 31, 2011
HAMPTON, Va. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team brought a solid game plan and stuck with one of the conference's best in Hampton University, but faltered late in the second half to lose, 78-66, Monday night at the HU Convocation Center.
The Hawks led, 51-50, with 10:28 left in the game off of a 3-point play from senior Freddy Obame Obame (Libreville, Gabon) but then allowed the Pirates to go on a 21-5 run over the next six minutes to fall behind, 71-56, with 4:23 on the clock.
Despite holding HU to just seven more points for the remainder of the game, UMES was unable to recover from the Pirates' surge.
"Hampton is a solid, strong team and I'm very encouraged by the way we played and stuck with them for the majority of the game," head coach Frankie Allen stated. "At crucial moments, they did a great job of hitting big plays. Our effort and intensity were there against a really good team, but they just got hot in the second half and we were unable to catch up."
Redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) recorded double digit scoring for the 12th straight game and led the team in scoring for the eleventh time in 12 games with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting on the night. He also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds in the loss.
Junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) chipped in 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He also had seven rebounds on the night.
Senior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) tallied six assists against the Pirates, which put him over 100 for the season. With this total, he became the first player since at least the 2001 season to record back-to-back 100 assist seasons.
The Hawks held their largest lead of the game with 10:42 remaining in the first half with a score of 26-18 off of an open layup from Haley in the middle of the paint. HU immediately called a timeout and rattled off seven straight points to bring the score to 26-25 with 6:22 on the clock.
The two teams battled back and forth at that point, having the lead change four times in just four minutes.
With 2:54 on the clock, junior Diyaaldin Kelley (Philadelphia, Pa.) made a layup to bring the score to 31-30.
Mike Truitt and Kwame Morgan made three straight free throws to take the lead at 33-31 before White sank a jumper in the paint to tie the game going into halftime at 33-33.
The loss puts the Hawks at 4-17 overall on the season and 1-7 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play. The Pirates continue to stay atop the MEAC leader board with a 17-5 overall record and 7-2 in conference play.
Morgan, who scored a game and career-high 30 points on 10-of-19 shooting and 8-of-14 from downtown, led Hampton. Brandon Tunnell contributed a double-double for the Pirates with 12 assists and 10 points in the game.
UMES returns home on Saturday for a 4 p.m. matchup with the Norfolk State Spartans.