UMES FALLS IN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT OPENING GAME
March 11, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. --On the opening night of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore fell 59-44 to Savannah State University. The Hawks finish the season 2-16 overall and 2-15 in the conference.
"We played well in spurts," said Head Coach Frankie Allen. "Savannah State got a jump on us early and we could not recover."
Kevin Mays opened the game with a spin move and layup to score the Hawks' opening points. UMES trailed early (9-2), forcing Head Coach Frankie Allen to call a 30-second timeout for the Hawks. Louis Bell followed up with a three-pointer for the Hawks at 16:10, and UMES would tally three more points in the next five minutes.
The Hawks trailed by double digits (20-9) with 10:27 remaining in the first half. UMES held Savannah State from scoring for over three minutes, leading both teams into the media timeout. Dominique Cowell broke a five-minute scoring drought for UMES to mark the score at 22-11.
By 2:30 in the first half, UMES had cut its deficit to seven points (27-20), and looking to strike offensively after a missed free-throw by Savannah State. The Hawks stuck hard with a dunk by Olatunji Kosile with less than 35 seconds left in the half.
Seeing that the Hawks were gaining momentum, the Tigers called a timeout to regroup its offense. UMES would exit the timeout ready to take action. It would do just that with its next possession with a block from Troy Snyder to set in motion a fast break score by Donald Williams II.
Trailing by as many 11 points in the first half, UMES had cut the Savannah State lead to just four points as the two teams entered halftime.
Snyder opened the second half with a three pointer, cutting the game to 28-27. The moment would be short-lived as UMES quickly slipped to a seven-point (34-27) deficit by 17:54.
Kosile returned with another dunk for the Hawks, marking four points for the UMES big man. Williams II pulled UMES back within seven points (39-32) on a three pointer for the Hawks. Bell followed up Williams' make with a three pointer of his own at 10:20.
The two teams would score a combined eight points in two minutes of play. UMES would trail 44-35 with 7:50 remaining and Pitt at the line to shoot two free throws. His first attempt would hit the back-iron, but his second would fall through for a score for UMES.
"We played well together to open the half, and through the next eight plays," said Snyder. "Once we fell farther behind, we could not recover like we should have."
By 5:36 in the second half, UMES was trailing by 10 points after a Kosile layup in the paint. Savannah State increased its lead to 15 points following a three pointer at 2:10, leading the game 55-40. Out of the timeout, Snyder would launch a three pointer in the hopes of spurring a rally for UMES.
His second attempt at a score would be a layup plus an extra free-throw. Converting the three-point play at 1:11 in the second half increased the Hawks total to 43 points.
With a foul to give, UMES would foul to put Savannah State at the line for the one-and-one opportunity. The Tigers would retain possession with a four-second difference between the game and shot clock, holding to score with 20 seconds remaining in the game. The two teams would battle the last eight seconds as Snyder would step to the line to shoot two free throws.
As the final horn would sign, UMES would find itself on the losing end as the final score was 59-44 in favor of the Tigers.