UMES LEADS AT HALF; FALLS, 69-67, IN NAIL BITER AT COPPIN STATE
Feb. 19, 2011
BALTIMORE, Md. - Redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) and senior Freddy Obame Obame (Libreville, Gabon) each tallied a double double but the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team couldn't overcome Coppin State in a 69-67 nail biter Saturday afternoon at the Physical Education Complex.
Haley recorded 24 points and 13 rebounds on the day while Obame Obame contributed 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Obame Obame hit the first field goal of the game for the Hawks before Haley rattled off 12 points of his own.
With 6:18 left in the first half, junior Dishawn Bradshaw (Baltimore, Md.) cut to the hoop and received a crisp bounce pass through traffic from Obame Obame for a lay-in to bring UMES within two at 18-16.
The Hawks lead 31-28 at the break and took a five-point lead three minutes into the second half with a 3-pointer from Robertson.
At the 16:08 mark, White recorded his 303rd career assist with a basket from junior Diyaaldin Kelley (Philadelphia, Pa.) to make things 39-34 and to set a new all-time career assists record for UMES in just two seasons. Joel Hoover set the previous record of 302 assists over a span of three seasons. White ended the game with a total of six assists and upped his career total to 305.
The Eagles eventually took a ten-point lead with 5:45 remaining off of a trey from Michael Harper. The Hawks then went on a 10-4 run over the next minute-and-a-half, capped by a steal and layup from freshman Joseph Swift (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
With 2:35 left on the clock, Haley hit his own shot from behind the arc to bring UMES within three at 64-61.
CSU went back up by three with free throws before another trey from Haley at the 1:02 mark brought the score to 67-64.
A Harper free throw with seven seconds remaining put the Eagles up, 68-64, before freshman Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) hit a 3-pointer with four seconds on the clock.
UMES immediately fouled Akeem Ellis, who hit just one of his two free throws, before the Hawks missed a long-range trey as time expired.
CSU had four players scored in double digits and were led by Harper's 19 points. Michael Murray recorded a double double for the Eagles with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The loss puts UMES at 6-20 overall and 3-10 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference while CSU improves to 13-12 overall and 8-4 in league play.
The Hawks wrap up their regular season road schedule with a 9 p.m. ESPNU game at Morgan State on Monday.