HAWKS LEAD ENTERING HALFTIME, BUT FALL TO RAMBLERS 69-42
Nov. 19, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. --The University of Maryland Eastern Shore led Loyola-Chicago 21-19 entering halftime, but would fall to the Ramblers 62-46 Sunday. Troy Snyder made an impact for the Hawks, but UMES failed to hold its opponent from posting 38 points in the paint. The Hawks return to Princess Anne, Maryland Sunday evening, and will play its next contest on December 1 at Delaware State University.
Snyder's teammate Ishaq Pitt contributed 10 points off the bench, and shot 4-of-6 (.667) from the field. Pitt would hit a three pointer at 14:04 to give UMES a one-point lead. The two teams would battle offensively through the next 14 minutes of game, with neither team mustering more than a four-point advantage.
Both the score and lead would change four times in the first half. Statistically, UMES stayed within striking distance in many statistical categories in the first half as well. The Hawks trailed Loyola-Chicago 19-15 in rebounds, made 50 percent of its free throws, and had fewer turnovers.
Just 30 seconds into the second half Olatunji Kosile would tie the game for the fifth time at 21-21. UMES would stay within four points until 12:00 when it conceded the lead by one point (32-31). Less than two minutes later Ishaq Pitt would bring UMES within one point again, but Kyree Jones would tie the game for the sixth and final time at 34-all.
Pitt would again return to the paint to score on a layup for the Hawks with 8:15 remaining in the game. He finished with the team's second highest point total with 10 points for the game. In comparison, UMES scored 12 points in the paint, while Loyola-Chicago posted 38 points inside the lane, and added 15 second chance points.
The Rambler defense would stave off the Hawks from scoring until 2:28 when Jones converted a three-point shot into a 54-39 score. Loyola-Chicago would go on a 16-0 run from the Hawks last score.
By that point UMES had little chance of making an impact on the well-maintained advantage. The Hawks scored just seven points in the last 2:15 of game. Louis Bell would contribute two more points on free throws, Snyder made layup from inside the paint and Dominique Cowell mustered a three-point basket with one second remaining in the game.