DOUBLE OVERTIME THRILLER BREAKS HAWKS SIX-GAME SKID TO WIN 64-62 OVER COPPIN STATE
Feb. 18, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- Troy Snyder made 1-of-2 free throws in the Hawks first overtime to tie the game 55-all. With two seconds remaining in the second overtime, Snyder drove to the left wing to drop a 16-foot jumper to put the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in the lead. Snyder would finish the game with 22 points, helping the Hawks capture a 64-62 double overtime win over Coppin State University.
Kevin Mays' attempt from outside of the three-point line at the end of regulation ensured the Hawks would live to fight for five minutes longer. Mays finished with 21 points for UMES on 10-of-19 (.526) shooting from the field. Mays finished with a double-double as he collected 12 rebounds of the Hawks' 43 through two overtimes.
A long pass by a Coppin State player at the end of the first overtime was deflected by Ishaq Pitt into the hands of Dominique Cowell. Cowell heaved an attempt towards the rim, falling just short, and sending the two teams into its second overtime.
The Hawks battled back from down six points (34-28) with 9:38 remaining in the second half. A dunk by Olatunji Kosile dunked the ball to pull the Hawks within four, followed by a layup by Snyder to trail by two points. Snyder would bring the Hawks within one point at 2:14 on a three pointer. Snyder was 50-percent from behind the three-point line.
A layup by Mays tied the game for the second time of the night 42-all. With the clock reading 1:14, UMES kept the game tied for more than 30 seconds until it took the lead 44-42 by Ishaq Pitt. Two made throws by Coppin State tied the score with less than two seconds in the game.
The Eagles opened the first overtime period with a layup, followed by a score by Pitt to tie for the fourth time in the night. UMES took the lead briefly before giving following behind for the next two minutes. Trailing by four points with 50 seconds on the clock, UMES' Snyder converted another three pointer to bring the Hawks within one (55-54).
Snyder would convert a free-throw to even the game for the fifth time at 55-all. Through the two overtime periods, Snyder stepped up to lead the Hawks on the offensive end of the court. The game would tie four more times (nine total), with Pitt making 1-of-2 from the free-throw line for the sixth and seventh ties of the game. With the Hawks up three points following a layup by Snyder, Coppin would equal the score with a three pointer at 1:22.
Snyder would receive the ball from Cowell at the right block and exclaim the Hawks chances of winning with a dunk. Up two points (62-60), the Eagles tied the game for the ninth time, before Snyder closed out Coppin State's chances.
Snyder was 9-of-12 (.750) from the field, and helped UMES shoot better than 45-percent from the floor on the night. The Hawks posted 38 total points in the paint; more than double that of Coppin State, while scoring 19 points off the Eagles 20 turnovers. In comparison, UMES had just 15 turnovers.
Neither team had more than a nine-point lead in the game, and that lead was UMES at the 3:08 mark in the first period.
The Hawks will have a quick turnaround as it hosts Hampton University Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.