RATTLERS TAKE DOWN HAWKS, 63-55, WITH FINAL MINUTE FREE THROWS
Feb. 12, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - As has been the case with their past few games, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team fought a close battle, but this time fell, 63-55, to Florida A&M University Saturday evening at the Al Lawson Center.
The Hawks were leading by four at 52-48 with 3:53 remaining in the game, but the Rattlers finished the game on a 11-3 run, with just one field goal at the 2:03 mark, to take the game from UMES.
"This is a tough loss," commented head coach Frankie Allen. "We had the opportunities to score, but we didn't take advantage. In the final minutes, we didn't take care of the basketball at all."
Junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) had another tremendous night on the boards as he tallied a game-high 15 rebounds on the night. He set his career-high of 16 last Saturday against Norfolk State. This was his third straight double-digit rebounding game and has recorded double-digit rebounds in five of the last seven games. Hines also contributed eight points in 38 minutes of play.
Senior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the Hawks in scoring with 13 points and also recorded three assists and three steals.
White pulled UMES into the lead for the first time in the game at 9-8 with 13:29 on the clock with a traditional three-point play.
The Hawks tied the game for a fourth time at 14-apiece in the first half with a layup by junior Dishawn Bradshaw (Baltimore, Md.) with 8:59 remaining before the Rattlers pulled into halftime with a three point lead at 29-26.
Beginning the second half of play, FAMU took a seven point lead with consecutive 3-pointers from Avery Moore. UMES responded with a 9-0 run to take the lead of 37-35 with 14:20 on the clock.
The Hawks took their largest lead of the game at the 12:01 mark with a tip-in from senior Freddy Obame Obame (Libreville, Gabon) to make things 43-39.
Obame Obame gave UMES another four-point lead with 3:53 remaining with a jumper in the paint to put the score at 52-48. The Hawks scored just once more in the game, a 3-pointer from senior Josh Bright (Salisbury, Md.) with 25 seconds left.
The Rattlers went 13-for-16 from the free throw line in the final minutes to seal the game, 63-55.
Senior Larry Jackson posted a game-high 18 points as he went 14-for-19 from the charity stripe. Junior Yannick Crowder pulled down ten rebounds in the win.
The loss puts UMES at 6-18 overall and 3-8 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. FAMU improves to 10-14 overall and 5-6 in conference play.
The Hawks conclude their trip to the Sunshine State on Monday with a 7:30 p.m. contest against the league-leading Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.