UMES SWATS DELAWARE STATE, 60-50, IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE
March 3, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - In the regular season finale at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team closed five seniors' home careers with a 60-50 victory over Delmarva rival Delaware State Thursday evening.
Josh Bright (Salisbury, Md.), Tim Burns (Franklinville, N.J.), Freddy Obame Obame (Libreville, Gabon), RJ Tucker (Arnold, Md.) and Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) all earned the start for the Hawks as a sign of the coaching staff's appreciation for all their hard work at UMES.
"All week we had it in our minds to come out and finish things off at the Hytche for our seniors on a high note," said redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.). "Those five guys are not just great teammates, but they're also great people and friends that I'm proud to have in my life."
The night honored the seniors, but junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) lead the team with his fifth double double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Haley also contributed 11 points on the night.
Burns and Obame Obame each posted eight points while Obame Obame lead the group of seniors with six rebounds while White recorded eight assists and two steals.
Haley gave the Hawks a three-point lead at 13-10 with a trey from the left corner with 11:00 on the clock in the first half.
With 7:54 remaining, the Hornets took their largest lead of the game at three points with a jumper from freshman Desi Washington to go up, 16-13.
UMES regained their three-point lead at 21-18 the 3:40 mark with a layup by Hines and then again at the 2:59 mark with a jumper from Bright to make things 23-20.
DSU took their final lead of the game at 24-23 with 1:04 remaining in the half with a jumper by junior James Marcellus.
Hines closed out the half and gave the Hawks momentum with a rebound, layup and eventual three-point play with just one second on the clock.
UMES jumped to a four-point lead in the second half at 30-26 with a fast-break layup from Burns.
The Hawks received a little bit more spark and energy as freshman Joseph Swift (Brooklyn, N.Y.) returned to the game at the 13:31 mark and immediately went on a 6-0 run.
A bomb from downtown from freshman Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) gave UMES a seven-point lead at 45-38 with 9:42 remaining in the contest.
Swift put the Hawks up 54-46 with 2:44 left as he stole the ball from Washington and converted it into a fast-break layup.
UMES received four points from two straight steals from Burns. The first one, at the 1:26 mark, resulted in a dunk from Hines while the second turned into another fast-break layup for Swift.
Burns sealed the game at 60-50 with two free throws in the final 30-seconds.
Freshman Casey Walker led the Hornets with 11 points while sophomore Marques Oliver tallied 10 rebounds on the night.
With the win, the Hawks finish the season with an 8-21 record overall and 5-11 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play. The win also gives UMES a 7-5 record at home this season, the first time the Hawks have finished above the .500 mark at home since the 2000-01 season when they were 7-3.
The Hornets end their season with a 9-20 overall record and also fall to 5-11 in the MEAC.
UMES returns to the court as a no. 10 seed in the MEAC Tournament. They matchup against no. 7 Florida A&M at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.