SENIORS TAKE CONTROL IN STATEMENT WIN OVER DELAWARE STATE
March 6, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Led by a trio of seniors competing in their final regular season home game, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team delivered a statement on Thursday night, as the Hawks posted an 84-70 victory before 4,405 strong at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center. The match was the final tuneup for UMES before the upcoming MEAC Tournament, which begins next Monday.
With the victory, UMES moves to 6-23, 4-12 MEAC, while Delaware State drops to 9-20, 5-11 MEAC. The decision marks the fifth consecutive year that the two teams have split the two-game regular season series.
Senior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) notched his eighth consecutive game with atleast 20 points as he tied a game-high with 30 points. The senior was matched by freshman Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.), who had a career-high 30 points and five boards. Senior Pina Guillaume (N’Djamena, Chad) registered his best game in a Hawk uniform with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) had a career-high four assists.
The Hawks shot a season-high 88-percent from the free-throw line in the game and received all 84 points from their starting five. The Hawks forced 16 turnovers and had four players with atleast five boards.
UMES took an early 7-5 lead in the game after four minutes of play. The teams played to an even beat over the next several minutes, before UMES used a three-pointer by freshman Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) to take a four-point advantage, 14-10, at the 11:45 mark. Delaware State would come racing back and tied the score possessions later, but UMES went on a push to stretch the game out.
The Hawks used a free-throw by senior Pina Guillaume (N’Djamena, Chad) to cap a 12-2 run over a four-minute span and give UMES a 28-18 lead with just under five to play. DSU cut its deficit to six after scoring four unanswered points, before UMES went on a 7-1 run. The Hornets made two free-throws to finish the half as the Hawks held a 35-25 lead at the intermission break.
Baxter and senior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) led all scorers at the half with 11 points, while senior Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) dished out four assists. The Hawks scored 15 points off turnovers and dominated the paint with a 20-6 point advantage. Delaware State is 0-15 this season when trailing at halftime.
UMES scored six of the first eight points to begin the second-half and held a 14-point lead after three minutes of action. DSU stormed back with a 10-2 push that brought that game to within six, 43-37 at the 13:22 mark. The contest remained the same until the 10-minute mark, where UMES used another Snyder layup to make it four unanswered points to take an 11-point advantage.
A three-point play by DSU’s Kendall Gray cut the Hornet deficit to six at the 7:05 mark. The push was as close as the Hornets would get the rest of the way as UMES was too tough down the stretch. UMES heads into the conference tournament winnings two of its final three games.
DSU was paced by Tyshawn Bell, who had a career-high 18 points behind a 4-of 7 performance from long-range. Kendall Gray notched a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards, while Casey Walker had 14 points in 22 minutes. The Hornets had just nine offensive boards and turned the ball over 16 times.
UMES holds the No. 13 seed and will face fourth-seeded Norfolk State on Monday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. The Hawks were defeated by the Spartans twice already this season.
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