NJIT EDGES UMES ON LATE FREE-THROWS, 77-76
Feb. 19, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team committed a costly foul with six seconds left on Wednesday night and the New Jersey Institute of Technology made both free-throws as the Hawks fell, 77-76, before 1,991 at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. The game concludes UMES’ 2013-14 non-conference schedule.
With the decision, UMES falls to 4-20, while NJIT moves to 12-15.
Down by two with 12 seconds remaining, senior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) converted an and-one layup to give UMES a one-point lead. The Hawks forced NJIT to run down the clock, but a foul by UMES on the far side of the court sent NJIT’s Damon Lynn to the free-throw line. Unfazed by the pressure, Lynn sunk both free throws to give NJIT the advantage. A half-court heave by Snyder hit the left-side of the backboard and NJIT held on for its 12th win of the year.
NJIT stormed out to a six-point lead after four minutes of play, but the Hawks would tie the game, 12-12, at the 13:42 mark on the second of five three-pointers by freshman Devon Walker (Philadelphia, Pa.). The Highlanders went on a 17-4 run over the next five minutes of action to take a 29-16 lead with just under nine to go.
The game played to the same beat for the rest of the half, as two free-throws by Lynn with 12 seconds left gave the Highlanders a 40-29 lead. NJIT saw Lynn nail four threes in the frame and held a 14-7 advantage in points off turnovers. Walker had a team-high 13 points at the break, while Snyder had 10 points and seven boards.
NJIT kept its double-digit advantage for the first 13 minutes of the second. The Hawks would have other plans, though, as the men scored eight unanswered points over a 1:30 span. Junior Isaac Smith (Chicago, Ill.) brought the game to within a single possession, 65-62, after he made two shots from the charity stripe with 5:35 left.
A quick Highlander push saw the lead extend to eight points, before a 9-2 UMES run was capped by another made free-throw by Smith. Smith’s conversion sunk NJIT’s lead to just one point, 72-71, with 1:12 left.
Lynn hit a three from the top of the key on the ensuing possession to give NJIT a four-point lead. Five consecutive points by Snyder gave UMES the advantage, 76-75, with 12 seconds remaining. NJIT inbounded the ball and got the ball to Lynn, who sprinted down the court and was fouled right after half court. Lynn was unfazed by the pressure and sank both shots to give NJIT a lead it would not relinquish.
Snyder was UMES’ top performer with 24 points and 14 rebounds in a game-high 37 minutes, while Walker had 21 points with a 5-for-9 performance from long distance. Senior Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) had a team-high five assists, while Smith had 11 points, three assists and two three off the bench. UMES shot over 40-percent from the floor for the sixth time in its past seven home games.
NJIT was propelled by the performance of Lynn, who had a game-high 27 points with seven treys and an 8-for13 line from the floor. Terrence Smith had 13 points and five boards, while Ky Howard had 10 boards, five assists and seven points. The Highlanders had 41 rebounds in the contests and shot exactly 50-percent (29-for-58) in the game.
UMES returns to its MEAC schedule on Saturday, Feb. 22 when the Hawks travel to Delaware State at 4 p.m.
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