HAWKS DIG HOLE TOO DEEP, CAN'T OUTRUN LIONS 62-52
Nov. 12, 2012
HONOLULU - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) couldn't find a way to escape Hawaii with a win, falling to the University of Arkansas Pine-Bluff 62-52 in their final game of the 2012 Rainbow Classic. The Golden Lions improved to 1-2 while UMES falls to 0-3 to start the season.
Just as they did in the first two game the Hawks mounted a fierce comeback to cut the deficit late in the second half, but it was too little too late as the 18 point gap was cut to six, with under a minute to play, eventually finishing at ten.
"I think we gave more effort today," said head coach Frankie Allen. "I felt like against Houston Baptist there wasn't much given, but today there was more effort but still a lack of execution."
Most of that lack of execution came on the offensive end as UMES seemed to outplay the Golden Lions in the first half, but couldn't find the bottom of the net, shooting less than 15-percent for the first half. The Hawks would clean-up their misses however, outrebounded UAPB 48-34 for the game and 30-16 at the break.
Kyree Jones (Indianapolis) once again led all scorers with 21 points. Ronald Spencer (Sicklerville, N.J.) would lead everyone on the boards with 14. He would add six points. The one thing UMES did get was balanced scoring. Held scoreless the game before, Troy Snyder (Chicago) dropped eight points and grabbed nine boards while Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn, N.Y.) got back in the scoring column with four points and added seven boards.
The Hawks had their hands full with the Lions' Lazabian Jackson who dropped 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Davon Haynes and Terrell Kennedy added 13 and 15 points respectively.
Trailing by just seven at the half, 26-19, the Hawks got down quickly in the second frame, trailing by 18, nine minutes into the half. As they did the previous two games the team slowly mounted a comeback, going back and forth with UAPB, whittling the lead down to 14 with just under five minutes to play.
Louis Bell (Washington D.C.) then got hot, finally finding the bottom of the net on back-to-back three-pointers, cutting the lead to eight with just under four minutes to play. The UMES defense then kicked in, limiting the APBS offense and collecting a pair of free throws, one each from Pitt and Spencer to cut the lead to six with just 1:40 to play.
After a Haynes jumper to put the lead back to eight Jones hit a pair of throws to once again cut it to six with just under a minute to play. Haynes then got a dunk to extend the lead back to eight but was quickly answered by a Snyder drive and pull-up to keep the lead at six with fewer than 20 seconds to play.
Forced to foul with no time on the shot clock Jackson and Kennedy made all four free throws to finish the game with a ten point difference, 62-52.
There is no rest for the weary as the Hawks return home Tuesday and hit the road Thursday for South Florida. They take on USF, Loyola (Chicago) and Western Michigan, Friday-Sunday in the University of South Florida Invitational.