UMES FALLS TO BRADLEY 98-71
Nov. 18, 2007
PEORIA, Ill. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) could not withstand a three-point onslaught from Bradley University losing in the first round of the South Padre Island Invitational 98-71 in front of 9,117 at Carver Arena.
"I think Bradley is an exceptional team and they played better than us today," said Interim Head Coach Meredith Smith. "They did a lot of things well and I can definitely see them making a run in the NCAA tournament."
Freshmen Denzel Jackson (Philadelphia, Pa./Lincoln H.S.) and Marc Davis (Baltimore, Md./Walbrook H.S.) led the Hawk scoring attack with 16 points apiece but it was not enough as UMES (1-2) found themselves down 53-28 at the half.
"Jackson and Davis played extremely well for us today," said Smith. "Our team has to depend on a lot of freshmen but I feel a game like this gives them more confidence and will help them throughout the rest of the season."
Bradley (2-1) quickly came out of the gate hitting four three-pointers within the first six minutes of the half to give them an 18-7 lead. They finished the game with 12 three-pointers.
Aleksandar Popovic (Novi Sad, Serbia/Weatherford College) was ejected in the first half after being called for a flagrant foul. A few minutes later Smith was given a technical on the bench. Ed Tyson (Baltimore, Md./Walbrook H.S.) also picked up a technical in the second half.
Despite being down by 25 points at the half, the Hawks were only outscored by two in the second half. UMES picked up the intensity and it was capped off by a Jackson two-handed slam that drew a course of boos.
"Overall, I am very encouraged by the way we played in the second half," said Smith. "I think we did a lot of things well in that half and it showed."
The Braves shot better than the Hawks from the field (56.4 percent to 37.9 percent), three-point range (46.2 percent to 22.2 percent), and the line (82.8 percent to 48.7 percent) in the game.
UMES did however commit fewer turnovers (16 to 24) with only one in the second half. The Hawks also had more steals (15 to 8), including six by Jackson, and offensive rebounds (21 to 9) altogether only giving the Braves a one rebound advantage (39-38).
Tyson and Milutin Mirjacic (Uzice, Serbia/Uzice Economic School/Borac Cacek) also added 11 points apiece for the Hawks, while senior BJ Nimocks (Detroit, Mich./Cloud County C.C.) finished with nine points and a team-high nine rebounds off the bench.
The Braves were led by Andrew Warren who scored a career-best and game-high 25 points, on a near perfect shooting effort only missing one free throw. Daniel Ruffin added 14 points on four-of-five three-point shooting and seven assists. David Collins finished with a double double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
"I hope our players learned a lot because we face an even bigger challenge next in Iowa," said Smith.
UMES now travels to Iowa City to play Iowa on Tuesday, November 20 in the second round of the South Padre Island Invitational. The game starts at 9:05 E.T. and can be heard on WTGM-AM 960 The Team or live on the internet at www.umeshawks.com.