SNYDER'S BIG PERFORMANCE NOT ENOUGH IN UMES LOSS TO COPPIN ST.
Feb. 8, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Senior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) had a game-high 15 points and nine rebounds, but it was not enough as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team fell to Coppin State, 58-50, on Saturday night. The contest was close throughout, but a late charge by CSU was the difference in the game between two evenly matched foes.
With the decision, UMES drops to 3-17, 1-7 MEAC, while Coppin State goes to 9-14, 6-4 MEAC.
UMES used a jumper by junior KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) to take a three-point lead, 50-47, with just under five minutes to go. The points were the best the Hawks got the rest of the way as Coppin State closed the game on a 9-0 run. The Hawks led for the majority of the contest, but the strong final push by CSU proved to be too much.
The Hawks raced out to a big lead to open the game. UMES used a layup by freshman Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) to take a nine-point lead, 17-8, 11 minutes into the game. The early lead slowly dissipated over the next four minutes, though, as CSU went on a 13-4 run to tie the score at 21 all at the 3:50 mark.
Coppin State took the lead on the next possession after a three-pointer by Sterling Smith, but the Hawks would come racing back. The teams traded baskets until two minutes left in the frame, before freshman Shane Randall (Philadelphia, Pa.) made two free-throws with one second remaining to cap a 5-1 push. Randall’s effort made the score 30-26 at intermission.
The Hawks held a 20-14 advantage on the glass in the frame and limited CSU to a 32-percent clip from the floor. Snyder led all scorers with 10 points and six boards, while senior Francis Ezeiru (Enugu, Nigeria) had the only block.
The first few minutes of the second half mirrored that of the first. The men upped their lead to six points, 35-29, after two minutes on another layup by Randall. CSU scored five consecutive points to bring its deficit to one, before the game went into a stalemate over the next six minutes.
Both teams would claim one-point leads several times until the 6:34 mark. A three-pointer and jumper by junior KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) gave the Hawks a three-point lead, 50-47, with just under five to play, before CSU went on a vicious run to end the game. The Eagles took the lead for good a minute later on a layup by Arnold Fripp. CSU closed the contest by making the final nine points.
The Hawks were paced by Snyder’s strong outing, but Jones also scored 12 points. Junior Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had seven boards, while Ezeiru blocked two shots and had five boards in 22 minutes. UMES shot 87-percent from the free-throw line in the game, but a 6-for-28 effort from the floor in the second-half was the difference.
CSU was led by Michael Murray, who had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. Andre Armstrong had a team-high 14 points, while Sterling Smith was 3-for-5 from long range for 12 points. The Eagles shot just 34-percent from the floor in the game, but shot well from the free-throw line (13-for-18), especially when it mattered the most.
UMES hits the road for its next contest when the Hawks travel to Hampton on Monday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. The men will then return home to host three contests at the W.P. Hytche Center.
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