NO SMOOTH SAILING FOR HAWKS IN BATTLE WITH PIRATES
Feb. 16, 2012
Princess Anne, Md. --The University of Maryland Eastern Shore trailed by just three points at intermission, but would later trail by a more significant margin to its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Hampton University Wednesday. A commendable first half of play for UMES ended in an 82-62 loss to the Pirates.
Hillary Haley led all UMES scorers with 14 points. Haley was 2-of-4 (.500) from behind the three-point line and 4-of-6 (.667) at the free-throw line. Haley made his first three pointer at the 7:03 mark to pull the Hawks within three points (29-26). Until Haley's shot, UMES trailed by as many as 13 points through the first 10:30.
Mark Robertson would follow Haley converting two free throws to bring UMES within four points (31-27) at 5:37. Following a dunk by Haley to trail 31-29, Robertson would hit a three-point shot to keep the game at 34-32. Robertson finished with seven points and was perfect (2-of-2) at the free-throw line.
Ronald Spencer brought the Hawks within its closet point differential in the first half (34-33) when he made 1-of-2 free-throw attempts.
Spencer and Tyler Hines led a backcourt offense that posted 18 points scored in the paint. Hines finished with 10 points and a game-high six offensive rebounds. Wednesday marked Hines' second consecutive game of having a game high in that category.
UMES shot just 37.5 percent (12-of-32) from the floor, a bit under its season average of 38.2 percent. At intermission the Hawks had already commanded the rebound battle with twice as many rebounds (24-12) than Hampton.
Hampton returned to the court in the second half and opened up a 15-5 run on the Hawks in the first five minutes. Percy Woods scored the first basket for the Hawks at 16:37 before Haley scored the Hawks second basket at 14:50, which came on a free-throw.
Louis Bell would score at 14:02 with a three pointer to bandage a 54-39 Hampton advantage. Woods and Bell finished with four and eight points, respectively. Significantly lower than the duos season averages.
Ishaq Pitt showed up more as a scorer for the Hawks at 8:07 when he scored on a lay-up. Having been fouled on the play, Pitt would also convert his free-throw attempt. At that time UMES trailed 67-51.
Pitt had just two points in the first half, but finished the night as the Hawks second leading scorer with 11 points. A majority of Pitt's points came in the paint, contributing to its 12 total points scored in the paint in the second half.
UMES allowed Hampton to shoot 60 percent from the field, with 28 of the Pirates points coming in the paint. The Hawks mustered a lowly 28 percent shooting in the second half, scoring just nine field goals.
The Hawks failed to lead or tie the game at any point. Hampton was the Hawks third opponent in five days, and followed a hard-fought game against Coppin State in which the Hawks fell 81-78 in the closing seconds.
UMES will have the weekend off from competition, but returns to conference play February 20 to take on Howard University.