HAWKS SLUGGISH IN SECOND HALF IN LOSS TO TULANE, 91-62
Nov. 12, 2010
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Senior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) tallied 17 points, 13 of which came in the second half, but it wasn't enough as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team fell in their regular season opener, 91-62, to Tulane University Friday evening at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center.
Two other Hawks scored in double digits with junior Dishawn Bradshaw (Baltimore, Md.) and senior Freddy Obame Obame (Libreville, Gabon) each scoring 11 points. Junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) led the team in rebounds with nine.
"Dishawn made some big baskets for us early on," said head coach Frankie Allen. "He is a threat as a scorer and we'll continue to look to him to make big shots for us."
White quickly started the game for UMES with a layup less than 10 seconds after tip-off. The Hawks then quickly fell behind to 11-4 before making a comeback.
UMES scored seven straight points with two baskets by Bradshaw and two free throws from redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) to bring the score to 11-11.
The momentum started to shift the Hawks' way with less than ten minutes remaining in the half as Obame Obame powered himself into the lane and pulled a foul from David Booker to create a three-point play.
UMES forced a turnover on the subsequent inbounds play for the Green Wave and Obame Obame mimicked his previous play and was fouled by Kevin Thomas but this time missed his free throw to give the Hawks the lead at 16-13.
Tulane regained the lead at 23-20 before Bradshaw hit a three with 6:41 remaining to tie the game and reenergize the crowd. UMES took the lead once again less than a minute later with another three by Bradshaw.
The Green Wave would go up by five at the 2:40 mark before a tip-in by redshirt sophomore Mark Robertson (Lakewood, N.J.) brought the score to 33-30 with two minutes remaining before halftime.
Going into halftime, Tulane led by just seven at 37-30, but the difference in the game came in the second half where the Hawks were outscored, 54-32.
"We played well in the first half and we just didn't execute in the second half," said head coach Frankie Allen. "Tulane was more aggressive in the second half and they really took it to us. On the defensive end, we gave up far too many easy baskets and we absolutely have to get better defensively."
White scored the first six points of the second half for UMES as they brought the score back within ten with 16:22 remaining in the game.
At the 13:03 mark, White received a crisp pass from Hines in the paint to bring the score to 62-43.
With 10:37 remaining, freshman Joseph Swift (Brooklyn, N.Y.) stole the ball from Ben Cherry and drove strong into three Green Wave defenders to make another three-point play for the Hawks and set the score at 66-49.
White scored two more points off of a UMES fast break and perfected a crossover move in the middle of the lane at the 7:49 mark to come within 23 points at 74-51.
The Hawks scored just five points in the last five minutes of the game, all coming off of free throws.
"This was obviously just our first game of the season, but we still didn't perform like I thought we would and could," said Allen. "We will get better and we have to keep the spirits up as it's a long season that is just beginning."
Five Tulane players scored in double digits and were led by Kendall Timmons' double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds.
UMES makes their first road trip of the season with a game in New York against Columbia on Monday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.