HINES' CAREER NIGHT PACES HAWKS PAST SPARTANS, 88-84
Feb. 5, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team had four players score in double figures, but the story of the night was junior Tyler Hines' (Sicklerville, N.J.) career game as the Hawks snapped a five game losing streak as they defeated Norfolk State University, 88-84, Saturday evening at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center.
Hines recorded his fifth career double-double as he grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds (13 defensive) and tied a career-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. He also went a career-high 5-of-9 from the charity stripe. Hines' previous career-high in rebounds was 13, which he tallied on Feb. 20, 2010 against Coppin State. He tied his career-high in points of 17, which he set earlier this season against Kean.
"Tyler always plays with so much heart and determination on the court," stated head coach Frankie Allen. "He's one of the top rebounders in the conference and it doesn't surprise me when he has a great game like he did tonight."
Senior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the Hawks in scoring with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor. He also dished out a game-high eight assists on the night.
"Kevin wasn't only our leader in points tonight, but he was truly a great leader on the floor," Allen said. "He did a great job of managing the game and getting the ball to his teammates."
Redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.), who leads the Hawks in scoring for the season, recorded 16 points on the night in addition to six rebounds and two steals. Twelve of his points came in the second half of play.
"As a scorer, you have to let the game come to you," Haley remarked. "Kevin, Tyler, Freddy [Obame Obame] and Mark [Robertson] all had a tremendous first half of play. I was really able to build off of their energy and use that in the second half."
Senior Freddy Obame Obame (Libreville, Gabon) was the fourth and final UMES player to score in double figures as he marked 15 points on the night.
"This was a total team effort win tonight with the determination, effort and heart that was shown," Allen commented. "We made some great hustle plays and in the end, that's what made the difference as that effort and energy set the tone for the entire game.
The Hawks captured a quick 10-3 lead with a fast-break left-handed layup by Obame Obame from White at the 16:16 mark to force NSU to take their first timeout of the game.
UMES took their largest lead of the first half just five minutes later from a tip-in from Obame Obame to make things 20-8.
The Spartans slowly cut into the Hawks' lead and came within one at 31-30 at the 3:37 mark with a three-point play from Brandon Goode. Free throws by Aleek Pauline tied the game and then gave NSU the lead at 36-35 with under a minute left in the half before a 3-pointer by UMES redshirt sophomore Mark Robertson (Lakewood, N.J.) put the Hawks up, 38-36, at halftime.
The two teams battled back and forth for the first part of the second half with the Spartans coming within two points at the 10:09 mark at 59-57 before UMES built their lead back up to 12 points at 72-60 with 5:40 remaining with a layup from an off balance, fast-break, layup from Hines.
Just a minute later, the Hawks reached their biggest lead of the game at 74-61 with a floater in the lane from White.
NSU cut the game close, coming within three with 19 seconds left with a 3-pointer from Kyle O'Quinn to bring the score to 85-82.
Junior Dishawn Bradshaw (Baltimore, Md.) hit two free throws to go up, 87-82, before Pauline came up with a layup to bring the score to 87-84 with four seconds remaining in the game.
Brandon Wheeless immediately fouled Haley, who sank one of two free throws to put UMES and seal the victory for the Hawks at 88-84.
With the win, UMES improves to 5-17 overall on the season and 2-7 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play. The Spartans fall to 7-14 on the season and 5-4 in the conference.
O'Quinn recorded his tenth double-double of the season and 19th of his career as he led the Spartans with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Pauline added in 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for NSU.
The Hawks wrap up their two-game homestand on Monday with a 7:30 p.m. tip against North Carolina A&T. UMES will host their annual PinkZone night in honor of breast cancer research. Fans are encouraged to wear pink for the event and there will be t-shirts and baked goods for sale with donations going to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Richard A. Henson Cancer Center and the Kay Yow Fund.