KEVIN MAYS SCORES GAME-HIGH IN CONFERENCE LOSS TO NORFOLK STATE
Feb. 11, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. --Kevin Mays posted 17 first half points for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and had a team-high five rebounds for the Hawks. He would finish with a game-high 20 points in the Hawks 85-63 loss to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference leading Norfolk State Spartans. UMES entered the game after a loss to conference foe Howard Saturday.
In the first half, Mays led all scorers in points and was shooting 50 percent from the field. He made 5-of-7 (.714) at the free-throw line, while the Hawks shot 67 percent (10-of-15) at the line.
For more than 13 minutes of the first half, UMES was within a single-digit deficit of the Spartans. Mays would close the gap to five points (27-22) with 7:42 in the first half. Norfolk State would open its lead briefly before Mays would again score on two free throws to cut the Spartans' lead to 32-24.
By intermission, Norfolk State had returned to a comfortable double-digit lead of 13 points, and would allow the Hawks' Dominique Cowell to score on a jumper with six seconds left.
With few player's as tall as Olatunji Kosile, the Hawks were able to score 14 first half points in the paint, and finished with 24 points from inside.
The Hawks cut within 12 (64-52) by the eight-minute mark in the second half. Norfolk State's Pendarvis Williams would score shortly after Troy Snyder brought UMES within striking distance.
With 6:08 left in the second half, UMES had fallen behind 73-52. Mays and Olatunji Kosile had chances to score for the Hawks on bonus free throws, but neither could convert. Mays would break a four-minute scoring drought for UMES at 4:22, notching his 20th point of the night.
The two teams had reached well past the double-bonus shots with just over three minutes remaining in the game. Kosile would pick up his fifth and final foul at 2:45, leaving UMES without a player over 6-foot-5.
Snyder would mark a free-throw at 2:25, and seconds later commit his fifth foul. He would end the night with nine points for the Hawks. Donald Williams II would enter the game and score six points in under 45 seconds. Williams finished the night 2-of-2 from behind the three-point arc, helping to bring UMES back within 20 points of the Spartans.
Unfortunately, UMES would give up consecutive baskets to a Spartan big man, pushing the Norfolk State lead to 22 points (85-63). UMES will return to Princess Anne, Maryland to host Morgan State in the Hawks' homecoming.
Scheduled for February 16, UMES host the Bears at 4 p.m. in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.