WOODS, ROBERTSON AND BELL LIFT HAWKS IN OVERTIME WIN
Nov. 14, 2011
Radio Highlight: Final 14 Seconds
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. --Less than 24-seconds remained in overtime when Percy Woods made two free-throws to give the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (1-1) a one-point advantage over American University (0-2) Monday. Woods played the entire game and helped the Hawks to a 64-62 win over its Patriot League opponent.
"We found a way to win," said Hawks' head coach Frankie Allen. "This was a big win for us tonight." Woods finished the game with 12 points and a game-high seven assists. He shot better than 50 percent (3-of-6) from the field, and missed just one free throw (6-of-7) in the game.
American opened the game on a 10-2 run, and captured a 10-point advantage over the Hawks with 9:42 to play in the first half. Louis Bell would hit one of his five three pointers on the night to begin a late run for the Hawks. Bell posted a team-high 21 points, shooting an impressive 71 percent (5-of-7) from behind the three-point arc.
Woods, Bell and Hillary Haley would each score in the less minute of the first half to give the Hawks its first lead (29-27) of the season entering intermission.
Woods would convert a field goal and free-throw, while Haley would score in the paint, and Bell knocked down his third three-pointer of the first half to give UMES a two-point lead with less than five seconds remaining.
Maryland Eastern Shore opened the second half of the game with a one-point lead at 17:49 and would maintain that lead for the remainder of regulation. It was not until the final horn would the game be tied.
American opened up the overtime period in the lead, and reached a four-point advantage before Bell would again convert a crucial three-point basket to cut the Eagles lead to 62-61 with less than 24-seconds in overtime. At that point Bell was 5-of-5 for the game from behind the three-point.
Two free throws by Woods gave the Hawks a 63-62 lead. A steal by Mark Robertson, and subsequent foul by an American defender sent Robertson to the line for two bonus shots. Robertson would hit his first, giving UMES a 64-62 lead.
"To finish this game out when we were trailing really shows the type of kids we have," said Allen.
The Hawks outscored American 32-16 in points scored in the paint. UMES also won the rebounding battle (42-35), and shot better than 52.2 percent in the first half. The team shot better than 48 percent for the game. UMES forced American into 13 turnovers, and managed four steals.
"Our defense played well tonight," Allen remarked. Monday's win showed marked improvement from the Hawks season opener. Maryland Eastern Shore will take travel to Tulane (Nov. 18) to begin a two week road trip that will include games against Rice (Nov. 20) and Kansas State (Nov. 22).