UMES OUTLASTS HOWARD IN OVERTIME, 68-66
Feb. 27, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Free throws hindered the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team in their last game, but that wasn't the case tonight as they went 6-for-6 in the overtime period and 78.9 percent overall to defeat Howard University, 68-66, at a packed Burr Gymnasium.
With the win and season series sweep, the Hawks improve to 10-19 overall and register their first double-digit winning season since 2001-02 when they went 11-18. UMES returns above .500 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play with an 8-7 record, which is currently good for fourth in the division.
Junior Freddy Obame Obame (Libreville, Gabon) had a career night with 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting and five free throws made in 21 minutes played.
Fellow junior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the Hawks in scoring with 16 points, six assists and two steals. Tim Burns (Franklinville, N.J.), another junior, also registered in double digits with 15 points, including 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the overtime period.
The start of the game was sloppy and low scoring with seven turnovers combined and the Hawks leading 4-2 with 11:49 on the clock.
Freshman Sean Berry (Irvington, N.J.) came up with a huge block at 11:06 which resulted in a fast-break layup by Burns to make the score 6-5, in favor of UMES. A steal by freshman Mark Robertson (Lakewood, N.J.) also turned into fast-break points, this time by junior Josh Bright (Salisbury, Md.), to go up by three at 12-9.
A minute later, the Bison would tie the game off of a three-pointer by Curtis White and then take the lead for the remainder of the half with a dunk by Mike Phillips.
Berry drained two consecutive jumpers to come within one at 17-16 and the teams would go into halftime with a score of 21-19, in favor of Howard.
The Hawks would come within one at 30-29 with a monstrous dunk by redshirt sophomore Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) and eventually take a 33-30 lead with two free throws by Haley and a jumper in the paint by White.
After a 30-second timeout with 7:01 remaining, White would go on to make the next 10 points for UMES. The Bison would go up by eight during this time, but the Hawks would come back within two at 55-53 with a three-pointer from Robertson.
A layup by Obame Obame with 1:43 remaining brought UMES within one at 56-55 before he tied the game for the seventh time, this time at 57-57, with another layup with 0:52 remaining.
In the final 24 seconds, both UMES and Howard would go 2-for-4 from the free throw line to tie the game at 58-58.
The Bison would take the lead over a minute into overtime, with a free throw by Paul Kirkpatrick. Another layup by Obame Obame with less than three and a half remaining pulled the Hawks ahead, 60-59.
Free throws were the story of the final minutes as HU went 2-for-6 from the charity stripe and UMES was a perfect 6-for-6. This stat hurt the Bison as the Hawks would go on to win, 68-66.
With the loss, Howard falls to 7-23 overall and 6-9 in MEAC play. Calvin Thompson led the Bison with 17 points and five rebounds.
UMES closes out regular season play on Thursday at Delaware State. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.