HAWKS UPENDED BY COLUMBIA IN SEASON OPENER
Nov. 9, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team was upended in its season opener on Saturday night as the Hawks fell, 73-54, to Columbia University at Levien Gym. The Hawks had two players record double-digit tallies and controlled the glass in the first-half, but were unable to hold it together the entire game. The win proved to be the second for Columbia over UMES in the past four years.
UMES (0-1) was unable to tame a vicious three-point assault by Columbia (1-0) in the second half. The Lions made their first seven three-pointers of the frame as they used a 29-6 run to open the final period. The Hawks were in the game for the majority of the first-half, but the Lion three-point attack in the second proved to be too much for UMES to handle.
The Hawks fell behind to open the game as Columbia raced out to a 9-2 lead after six minutes of play. A three-pointer by junior guard KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) cut the deficit to four, but Columbia would go on its second consecutive 9-2 run to take an 18-7 lead with just over 10 left in the frame.
Jones would score five more points to complement baskets by senior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) and freshman Devon Walker (Philadelphia, Pa.) to spearhead a 9-0 Hawk run. The advantage brought the score to 18-16 over the next three minutes. Jones’ second three of the frame gave UMES its first lead, 23-21, at the 5:14 mark, before Columbia used a layup by Isaac Cohen to jumpstart a 10-3 run. The run pushed Columbia over the top as the Lions held a 31-26 lead at intermission.
Jones led all scorers with 15 points at the half, while Snyder brought down five boards and the Hawks were 10-of-24 from the floor.
The second half was a much different affair as the Lions came out of the gates on fire.
Columbia tallied threes on five of its first six baskets, two by Cohen, to take a 48-32 lead with just under 16 remaining. The 29-6 run pushed the lead substantially in their favor, as the game was became lopsided halfway through the last period.
Columbia held a 20-point lead for the majority of the second-half, but a free-throw by sophomore guard Travis Trim (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) brought the score to 19 with five seconds left.
UMES was led by Jones and freshman Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.), who each had 17 points. Jones scored 15 of his 17 points in the first-half, while Baxter mirrored that with 15 in the second and two in the first. Baxter and Snyder each had a team-high five boards, while Jones had two assists. The Hawks shot 11-of-15 from the free-throw line in the second-half, but were just 3-of-16 from long range in the game.
The Lions were paced by Cory Osetkowski, who recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Cohen also had 14 points, while Grant Mullins buried two threes to score 13. Columbia dished out 17 assists in the win and was 13-for-15 from the charity stripe.
The Hawks opens their home schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m., with a bout against Rt. 13 rival, Salisbury University. Last season, UMES defeated SU in preseason play at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.
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