OBAME OBAME'S DOUBLE-DOUBLE NOT ENOUGH AS NIU OVERTAKES UMES, 86-80
Nov. 24, 2010
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Senior Freddy Obame Obame (Libreville, Gabon) registered a double-double with a career-high 18 points and 15 rebounds but it wasn't enough as the Northern Illinois Huskies defeated the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team, 86-80, Wednesday afternoon at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center.
"I have to give credit to a good Northern Illinois team," said head coach Frankie Allen. "They had a good game plan and had consistent energy throughout the game. We came close numerous times and we just couldn't get over that hump and take the lead."
The Hawks (1-4) were led in scoring by junior Dishawn Bradshaw (Baltimore, Md.), who tallied 20 points on the day. Redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) chipped in with 16 points of his own while junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, Md.) and senior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) each had 10.
NIU senior Xavier Silas recorded a game-high 34 points on 12-of-16 shooting and 4-of-5 from behind the arc. The Huskies improve to 2-2 on the season.
"It seems that there has been one key player for our opponents every game that has beaten us," said Allen. "We attacked in spurts and we have work to do to play a full 40-minutes. I keep telling the guys that the season is a marathon and not a sprint, we still have a lot of time left in the season."
Hines contributed four quick points with a right-handed hook shot off of a rebound at the 16:32 mark and then with a huge dunk a minute later to make the score 11-10 in favor of NIU.
The Huskies would then go up 18-10 before the Hawks made an 8-0 run to tie the game with 9:58 remaining in the half. NIU made another run and went up by 11 at 43-32 with just over a minute left on the clock. Baskets by Bradshaw and Haley brought UMES within seven at 45-38 going into halftime.
Once again the Huskies made a run and took the lead by 12 with 14:55 on the clock before the momentum shifted towards the Hawks. Over the next minute, UMES took a 6-0 run to bring the score to 55-51.
With 7:15 remaining, White stole the ball from NIU senior Michael Patton and made a fast break layup to bring the Hawks within six at 67-61. UMES wouldn't come within striking distance again until the 1:06 mark when a 3-pointer by Bradshaw brought the score to 80-75.
At that point the Hawks had to play the foul game and the Huskies went 4-for-6 from the free throw line in the final minute. UMES received another trey from Bradshaw with 15 seconds left on the clock and a dunk by redshirt sophomore Mark Robertson at the five-second mark and it just wasn't enough as the Hawks fell 86-80.
UMES plays their next five games on the road, beginning on Saturday against the Naval Academy in Annapolis. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.