SECOND-HALF PUSH NOT ENOUGH IN UMES ROAD LOSS AT NORFOLK ST.
March 4, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. - Despite a valiant second-half effort, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team was unable to finish the job, as the Hawks fell at Norfolk State, 77-65, on Monday afternoon at Echols Hall. The game was the final regular season road contest for UMES. The men have now lost 22 of the past 24 games to the Spartans.
With the decision, UMES falls to 5-23, 3-12 MEAC, while Norfolk State up its tally to 17-12, 11-4 MEAC.
Senior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) posted his fifth double-double in his past seven games in Monday's contest. The forward posted 20 points and 13 rebounds with three assists in a team-high 37 minutes. Senior Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) notched 12 points with a 4-for-9 effort from long-range, while junior Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had 10 points and one board in 34 minutes.
The Hawks shot 47-percent from long-range in the second half, but were outrebounded 38-32 altogether.
UMES fell behind by 10 after the first five minutes in the first-half. The Hawks would go on an 11-5 run over a six-minute span to cut the NSU advantage to four, 23-19, with 8:45 to go. Norfolk State buried two consecutive threes to take a 12-point lead, before the game went into a stalemate over the next few minutes.
NSU held control the rest of the way as the Spartans posted a 15-point lead, 37-22, at half.
Norfolk State held an 11-1 advantage in points off the bench. The Spartans scored 12 points on second-chance points and a 14-6 advantage in points in the paint.
The margin would stay in double-digits for the majority of the second-half, before the Hawks went on a run to make things interesting. NSU had a 14-point lead, 68-54, with 4:21 left in the game, before the Hawks scored eight unanswered points to bring the game to within two possessions.
Following a three-point play by Snyder, NSU scored seven straight points to take a 75-62 lead with just over a minute to go. NSU countered a late UMES push with a good effort from the free-throw line to post its 11th win in the MEAC this year.
Norfolk State was led in the game by Brandon Goode, who notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards, while Pendarvis Williams had a game-high 21 points and two assists. Malcolm Hawkins posted 16 points and nine rebounds with two threes and Jamel Fuentes had nine assists. NSU shot 82-percent from the free-throw line in the game.
UMES concludes it regular season this Thursday when the Hawks return home to take on Delaware State at 8 p.m. The game will be Senior Night for the men as it is the regular season finale before the MEAC Tournament.
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