HAWKS COME ALIVE IN SECOND HALF, BUT LATE-GAME EFFORT NOT ENOUGH TO DEFEAT SPARTANS
Feb. 7, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. --Hillary Haley finished with a team-high 20 points for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Monday as the Hawks lost 72-60 to Norfolk State. UMES handled the Spartans on the boards, winning the rebound battle 42-26. Ronald Spencer finished with a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Hawks made and an impressive 50 percent (13-of-26) of its shots in the second half, and held Norfolk State to just 42 percent. UMES outscored the Spartans 39-37 in the second period, but trailed by 14 points entering intermission. In the two teams first match-up of the season, UMES trailed by just one point by halftime.
The Hawks shot just 28 percent in the first half. Haley shot 50 percent from the floor, making 5-of-10 in the first period. He opened the game with a tip-in basket to give the Hawks its only lead of the first half. Haley finished his night shooting 9-of-17 from the floor and 2-of-2 at the free-throw line.
Teammate Tyler Hines would also have a perfect night at the free-throw line for UMES, making 3-of-3 for the Hawks. Hines finished with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting for the Hawks. Hines scored a lay-up at 3:04 in the second half to bring UMES within four points (56-52) of the Spartan lead.
UMES began attacking the Spartans double digit lead following a tip-in basket by Haley and a later score from Hines. Two made free throws by Olatunji Kosile at 11:37 brought the Hawks within single digits for the first time since just less than six minutes remained in the first half.
Two more free throws, this time by Hines, cut the lead to four points (58-54) for the Spartans. UMES scored 22 points in the paint, much of the reason its second half come back, but would miss important close-range shots when it counted.
UMES battled most of the night with the Spartans, but with the Hawks effort was not enough to outlast Norfolk State. The Hawks can rebound Saturday when it travels to Morgan State, then to Coppin State on Monday.