UMES RUNS OUT OF OFFENSIVE FIREPOWER IN 65-48 LOSS TO IOWA
Nov. 20, 2007
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Junior Ed Tyson (Baltimore, Md./Walbrook H.S.) left it all on the court but it was not enough as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) lost to the University of Iowa 65-48 in the second round of the South Padre Island Invitational Tuesday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Tyson led all scorers with 32 points on seven-of-ten three-point shooting and accounted for 66.7 percent of the Hawks offense. In an unstoppable effort, Tyson made several three-pointers with not one but two and three defenders in his face. Despite his resilience the Hawkeye defense managed to clamp down on the rest of the Hawks team.
"Tyson was tremendous," said Interim Head Coach Meredith Smith. "It is to be expected and we just have to find someone else to help him."
UMES (1-3) jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and it was not until the 13:25 mark in the first half that Iowa (4-0) scored their first point on a free throw to make it 7-1.
After finding a good rhythm early on offense, the Hawks went cold from the field. The Hawkeyes crawled back into the game and took a 10-9 lead, one that UMES would never overcome, with 7:42 remaining in the first half.
Iowa held a 21-18 lead at the break despite only shooting 29.4 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from beyond the arc. Unfortunately, the Hawks did not help themselves shooting an even worse 27.6 percent from the field and 14.3 percent from three-point range.
The Hawks kept it within striking distance for a majority of the second half and when the Hawkeyes extended their lead to 10 with 7:30 left, Tyson would make back-to-back three-pointers to cut the lead back down to four with just under six minutes to play.
Iowa answered right back with a Jarryd Cole lay-in plus a free throw. After a pair of free throws extended the Hawkeye lead back to nine, Tyson would make his seventh three-pointer of the night to trim the score to 50-44 with 4:08 remaining in the game.
That was as close as the Hawks would come however, as Justin Johnson put the game out of reach with back-to-back three-pointers of his own. He led the Hawkeyes with 19 points. Dan Bohall also added 10. The Hawkeyes defense was great once again as they held their fourth consecutive opponent to under 50 points. They held a 38-29 advantage on the boards and blocked 10 shots, including five by Kurt Lobby, to only one by the Hawks.
Offensively, Iowa dominated down low, outscoring UMES 22-10 in the paint and were able to get to the free throw line an amazing 24 more times (32 to 8).
The Hawks did limit their mistakes only turning the ball over 12 times, while forcing Iowa into 14 miscues. They also out shot the Hawkeyes from three-point range (45 percent to 31.3 percent) and held a 15-9 advantage off second chance points.
Freshman Marc Davis (Baltimore, Md./Walbrook H.S.) finished with eight points for the Hawks and combined with Tyson for 83 percent of the offensive production.
"I felt we put ourselves in position to win the game," said Smith. "It is a very disappointing loss but one I hope our team can learn from."
UMES now travels to Texas to play Valparaiso on Friday, November 23 in the third round of the South Padre Island Invitational. The game starts at 4:30 E.T. and can be heard on WTGM-AM 960 The Team or live on the internet at www.umeshawks.com.