UMES FALLS ON ROAD AT DELAWARE STATE
Feb. 22, 2014
DOVER Del. – Senior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) scored 20 points to notch his fourth consecutive game with atleast 20 points, but his performance was not enough, as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team fell on the road to Delaware State, 84-71. The loss continued UMES winless streak away from home this season as Delaware State won for the fourth time in its past five games.
With the decision, UMES falls to 4-21, 2-10 MEAC, while Delaware State goes to 8-18, 4-8 MEAC.
UMES fell in an early six-point hole after DSU jumped out to a 12-6 lead at the 15:23 mark. UMES scored the game’s next eight points as an and-one play by freshman Devon Walker (Philadelphia, Pa.) gave UMES a two-point lead two minutes later. The game stayed within a single possession for the next eight minutes, before the Hornets scored eight unanswered points in a 45 second span to race out to a seven-point advantage, 32-25.
The Hawks responded with six consecutive of their own to bring their deficit to one, before the game went idle until the last few seconds of the half. A three from the far corner by junior KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) tied the game at 36 with five seconds left. The shot appeared to send the game into the halftime break tied.
Delaware State’s Casey Walker had other plans, though; as he buried a desperation shot from just inside the half court line seconds later. The shot gave DSU a three-point halftime lead, 39-26. The points were pivotal as neither team had won a game this season when behind at intermission.
After DSU took a five-point lead one minute into the second, the Hawks used another three by Jones and a layup by Snyder to tie the game at 43 with 17:52 to go. UMES would score just three points over the next nine minutes of play as DSU built its lead to 16 points, 62-46, with 8:38 left. UMES brought its deficit to within single digits twice the rest of the way, but the margin was too substantial to crack.
Snyder’s 20 points led the Hawks, but Jones posted 16 points and three rebounds to pace UMES. Freshman Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) had eight points, three assists and three blocks, while Walker had eight points and a career-high five assists in 37 minutes. UMES was 16-for-19 from the charity stripe and held a 5-1 advantage in steals.
DSU was led by Casey Walker, who was 6-of-9 from long-range for a game-high 26 points. Tyshawn Bell had 16 points and six boards, while Kendall Gray had 15 points and Kendal Williams had five assists. The Hornets outrebounded UMES 33-26 and had eight players notch assists on the day.
UMES heads home to finish off the month of February as the Hawks will host Hampton on Monday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. UMES looks to even the regular season series against the Pirates, who won 87-73 over the Hawks two weeks ago.
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