UMES OUTLASTS N.C. A&T IN 83-82 THRILLER
Feb. 7, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) registered 28 points and junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) tallied his second straight double double with 10 points and 11 rebounds as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team fought back in the second half Monday night to defeat the North Carolina A&T Aggies at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center.
The Hawks were down the majority of the second half and by as much as 12 points with just over seven minutes remaining in the game. With 1:01 left on the clock, a layup by senior Freddy Obame Obame (Libreville, Gabon) gave the Hawks a one-point lead at 81-80.
The Aggies' Adrian Powell drained two free throws to regain the lead at 82-81 with 35 seconds remaining before Haley sank two free throws of his own with three seconds on the clock to seal the victory for UMES.
"Guys really rose up and played in clutch situations tonight," said head coach Frankie Allen. "I really felt like we were going to come back in the second half and the guys played a tremendous game against an aggressive N.C. A&T team. Starting the second half of conference play 2-0 is great for building team confidence and morale."
Haley, who scored in double figures for the 14th straight game, shot 9-of-15 overall on the night, including 4-for-9 from 3-point range. He also added six rebounds in 37 minutes of play.
"Any time you win it feels great, but to go 2-0 to start the second half of MEAC play feels good as we build momentum towards the conference tournament," commented Haley. "As far as hitting the final free throws of the game, the pressure doesn't really bother me. I'm confident in my abilities and knew that we needed to win this game."
Senior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) also had a big night for the Hawks with 14 points, eight assists and three steals.
In the first half of play, the score bounced back and forth between the two teams, as there were 11 lead changes and six times the score was tied. UMES balanced their scoring attack as they shot 48.6 percent from the floor and hit seven three-pointers. The Hawks took a three-point lead at 44-41 into the locker-room at halftime.
UMES lost their lead early in the second half when a three-pointer from Powell gave the Aggies a 49-47 lead at the 18:11 mark.
The Hawks made a comeback with 6:26 left on the clock as they went on a 15-3 run over the next four minutes to take the lead, 79-78. Junior Dishawn Bradshaw (Baltimore, Md.) accounted for the final six points of the run to contribute to his scoring total of nine points on the night.
With the win, UMES improves to 6-17 overall on the season and 3-7 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play. The Aggies fall to 10-14 on the season and 5-5 in the conference.
Thomas Coleman led N.C. A&T with 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field and seven rebounds.
The Hawks hit the road for their next four games, beginning on Saturday at Florida A&M.