HINES GRABS 15 BOARDS IN SEASON OPENING LOSS
Nov. 12, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md.--The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Men's Basketball team dropped its season opener 64-48 to George Washington University Friday. The Hawks held a five-point lead, its largest of the night, at 15:42 in the first half. Hillary Haley had a team-high 12 points before fouling out mid-way through the second half.
The two teams were full-throttle from the tip-off, and Maryland Eastern Shore answered by coming out scoring. Haley notched six of his 12 points of the game in the first 4:18 of the first half. Teammate Tyler Hines joined to give the Hawks an early lead. Hines finished with nine points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
UMES began with a strong showing offensively but slowly began to decline following the second media time-out of the first half. Tied at the time-out, the Hawks would fall behind for just the second time in the first half. Olatunji Kosile would knot the game after two free-throws at 11:39, but that would be the last time the two teams would be even for the game. Kosile finished with eight points and was perfect at the free-throw line (4-of-4).
George Washington would go on an 11-3 run for the next 4:05 against UMES. Given the dip in point production the Hawks held defensively for much of the last five minutes of the first half. Ishaq Pitt and Percy Woods each notched baskets late in the first half to cut an 11-point deficit to just six points entering halftime.
Pitt finished with six points and a game-high four assists in his collegiate debut. At halftime UMES shot a lowly 29.0 percent (9-of-31) from the field and had 15 turnovers. However, the Hawks won the rebounding battle and had four more points scored in the paint (18-14) than George Washington.
Louis Bell hit the Hawks second three-pointer of the game to open the second half and cut the Colonials lead to seven points, the closest UMES would cut into the lead in the second half. Haley, Bell and Gregory Womack hit the only three pointers of the game for UMES.
The Hawks shot just 20.0 percent from behind the three-point arc, and mustered just eight points in the second half inside the paint. UMES did score 12 points off second chances, and 11 points off of seven turnovers committed by George Washington.
When at the free-throw line the Hawks hit 90 percent of its attempts (9-of-10) given its struggles from the field. In two halves UMES was 18-of-62 (.290) from the field.
Maryland Eastern Shore will have little time to think about Friday night, as the team will make its first home court appearance at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center Monday night to host American University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 PM.