MYATT'S 22 LEAD HOWARD TO THIRD STRAIGHT WIN, 72-65
Feb. 7, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Howard's Eugene Myatt scored a game-high 22 to lead the Bison past the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team, 72-65, at Burr Gymnasium Saturday.
Neal Pitt (Fort Washington, Md.) picked up his eighth double-double of the season with 17 points and a game- and career-high 18 rebounds for the Hawks, who dropped their fourth consecutive game and fell to 6-16 and 2-7 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play.
Down, 65-64, with 1:09 remaining, Pitt had a chance to give the Hawks their only lead of the game with a pair of free throws, but couldn't convert either attempt. After a timeout, Myatt knocked down a jumper with 49 seconds left and Howard (6-16, 4-5 MEAC) went 4-for-4 from the line to ensure the win, its third straight.
UMES got to within one on three occasions in the second half, but wasn't able to complete a comeback.
Trailing by nine at the break, the Hawks opened the final 20 minutes with 11-of-16 points over the first 2:59, cutting the HU lead to 40-37. UMES got contributions from five players in the spurt, including Josh Bright (Salisbury, Md.), who's 3-pointer made it a one-possession game.
The late-game free throws didn't represent the only chance for Pitt and UMES to seize the momentum of the game. He had a similar opportunity with a little over five minutes gone in the second half. With the score, 43-41, Pitt drained one from the stripe but not the second and once again the Hawks trailed by just one.
Howard pushed the lead to seven at the 11:54 mark with three from long range, two of which came from Curtis White, for a 54-47 lead.
The Hawks responded getting with striking distance again at 58-55 when Lee hit a three of his own with just over eight minutes to play.
After a pair of free throws from Myatt, Pitt scored four straight to set up his pressure-packed free throws.
The game started with Howard's Randy Hampton hitting a three to cap an 8-0 run and give the Bison a 14-5 lead with 14:12 left in the first.
With Howard leading, 24-12, the Hawks answered with an identical 8-0 stretch. Chris Conner (Powell, Tenn.) and Pitt hit back-to-back shots in the paint before Sammy Obetoh (Brooklyn, N.Y.) tallied a layup and a follow-up hoop to cut the lead to four with 6:15 remaining in the half.
Howard closed the half outscoring UMES, 11-6, for a 35-26 halftime advantage.
The Hawks were 24-of-58 from the floor for 41.4 percent, while the Bison shot 36.2 percent (21-for-58) for the game. UMES held a 47-37 rebounding edge, but 16 turnovers to Howard's 11.
UMES plays Hampton at the Convocation Center Monday at 8 p.m.