BEARS TOO STRONG IN PAINT, HAWKS FALL TO MORGAN STATE
Feb. 17, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team was no match for Morgan State in the paint on Monday night as the Hawks were defeated by the Bears, 88-72, at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. UMES’ 72 points in the game was sparked by a 50-point second-half, where the Hawks notched 70 points against the Bears for just the third time in the past 11 meetings. UMES has now lost three straight to Morgan State and is now 1-1 in its current three-game homestand.
The Bears capitalized on several noteworthy Hawk injuries as senior Francis Ezeiru (Enugu, Nigeria) and freshman Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) each checked out of the game early with injuries. MSU proved to be strong in the low post as they controlled the game from start to finish. UMES was hurt by a 17-0 MSU run late in the first half. Freshman Devon Walker (Philadelphia, Pa.) kept UMES alive with a career-high 22 points.
With the decision, UMES falls to 4-19, 2-9 MEAC, while Morgan State goes to 10-13, 8-3 MEAC.
UMES found itself deadlocked in a 9-9 tie early on after a three-point by senior Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) five minutes in. Morgan State would go on an 8-2 run over the next four minutes to race to a six-point lead, but the margin stayed the same until the 9:42 mark. A dunk by Ian Chiles was the first of 17 unanswered points by Morgan State as the Bears stormed out to a 23-point lead, 40-17, with 2:42 left.
A layup by senior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) stopped the bleeding, before freshman Devon Walker (Philadelphia, Pa.) sent UMES into intermission down by 20, 42-22. MSU held a 30-6 advantage in the paint at the break.
UMES dropped it deficit to 15 points after six minutes of play in the second-half. The quick run was halted, however, after the Bears scored nine answered points to take a 24-point advantage with 12:35 left. It was all Morgan State the rest of the way as they posted their eight win in the MEAC this season.
Walker was 5-for-8 from long-range to tally his career-high in points. The lefty also dished out a team-high three assists in 31 minutes. Senior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) had 21 points and six boards, while senior Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) had 12 points with two long-range makes. The Hawks shot 55-percent in the second to tally 50 points in the final frame.
Morgan State saw its big men run post several impressive lines. Cedric Blossom had 20 points and 11 boards to notch the double-double. Justin Black scored 24 points and was 9-for-9 from the line, while Ian Chiles had 22 points and three blocks. MSU dished out 17 assists in the game and made 18-of-21 shots from the charity stripe.
The Hawks close out their second three-game homestand of the month against New Jersey Tech on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. The game is the final non-conference match for UMES of the 2013-14 season.
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