THREE UMES PLAYERS SCORE DOUBLE FIGURES IN CONFERENCE LOSS
March 2, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. --Three University of Maryland Eastern Shore players would total double figures Saturday afternoon. Troy Snyder led the way with 16 points in the Hawks' 58-45 loss to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference foe Morgan State University. The Hawks return to the court Monday, March 4 to face Coppin State.
UMES opened the game with the lead, and ran that up to as many as seven points through the first six minutes of the game. Kevin Mays would tie the game at 16:49 before Snyder would hit a three pointer to give UMES the lead. Mays finished with 15 points for the Hawks. It would hold a single-digit lead until the eight-minute mark in the first half.
Morgan State chipped away at the Hawks' lead with each possession until Morgan State took the lead at 6:23 (14-12). Unrelenting, Mays would convert two free throws for UMES to bring it within two points. Morgan State would go up again, but Donald Williams II would score on with a three pointer to give UMES a one-point (17-16) advantage. Williams posted 10 points, a season-high, for UMES. The Hawks would go up by three before Morgan State would regain a slight lead entering halftime.
The second half would open with quick scoring by Morgan State, which helped it jump to an early double-figure lead over the Hawks. With 14:02 remaining in the game, Morgan State was up 17 points.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore trailed 38-26 at 11:51, and was putting together incremental scores to cut its deficit. A layup by Snyder brought the game within 11 points.
Donald Williams II scored a three pointer at 10:02, keeping the Hawks scoring in-line with its previous three possessions. UMES trailed by 15 points (46-31) at 7:47. Coming out of the media timeout, Snyder took the free-throw line. He would miss his first attempt, but make his second for UMES.
With 6:40 remaining in the game, UMES had double the number of turnovers (14) as Morgan State. It trailed by just a rebound in total rebounds (29-28), and was shooting 28-percent from the field.
Snyder led all UMES scorers with 10 points coming out of the last media. He would again take the line after making a jumper from the right block. Converting the three-point play with 5:05 left on the clock, UMES trailed 52-35 on its next possession.
Snyder again would make his first attempt from the free-throw line. He was fouled on a fast break the play before. He would convert both free-throw attempts before being replaced by Kosile.
Mays and Pitt would convert back-to-back possessions for UMES, cutting back into the Morgan State lead (54-41). Travis Trim would grab a rebound and put-back for a UMES bucket.
Trim would approach the free-throw line to shoot the one-and-one bonus, but was unable to convert for a score at 1:47. Mays had the Hawks final score of the game with 40 seconds left on the clock for a score of 58-45. UMES would commit a foul with 12.6 seconds remaining in the game.
UMES finished the day shooting 31-percent from the field (16-of-51), and outperforming the Bears at the free-throw line, making 71-percent of the Hawks charity attempts. The Hawks captured 10 steals, twice as many as Morgan State, and had five more assists.
The Hawks will have a short turnaround time between games, facing Coppin State on Monday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.