NAVY OUTSHOOTS UMES, 76-51
Nov. 25, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy `s Chris Harris tallied 21 points on seven three-pointers to lead the Midshipmen to a 76-51 win over the University of Maryland Eastern Shore at Alumni Hall Tuesday.
Junior Neal Pitt (Fort Washington, Md.) came one rebound short of his third double-double to start the season, scoring 18 points and gabbing nine rebounds, while freshman Keishawn Mayes (Warrenton, N.C.) contributed 13 points and five boards.
Adam Teague (14 points) and Kaleo Kina (11) also finished the night in double figures for Navy, which improved to 4-1 on the year. With the loss, UMES fell to 0-3.
"Navy hit some key shots and we knew that they were a good shooting team," said UMES head coach Frankie Allen. "They shot 45 percent for the game from the three and I'd like to attribute some of that to those guys, [but] I didn't think early we defended like we wanted to."
Teague drained two three-pointers to start the game, helping the Midshipmen to an 8-0 lead in the first 2:22. The Mids lengthened their lead to 18-5 with 14:08 to go in the half on a jumper by Kina.
From there, UMES caught fire going on a 15-1 run to take a 20-19 lead with 8:03 remaining in the half. Pitt put the Hawks in front with a second-chance layup in the paint.
The advantage, though, was short-lived as Navy closed the half on a 9-0 run of its own, thanks to a pair Harris threes, to take a 33-25 halftime lead.
"We made some mistakes right in the last minute-and-a-half of the half and they got a couple of easy baskets and it gave them so momentum coming out for the second half," Allen said.
The Mids built a 19-point margin, 44-25, before Pitt knocked down the Hawks' first points of the second half, two free throws, nearly six minutes in. That was as close as they would get the rest of the way as Navy hit seven more threes, making no doubt of the final outcome.
Navy shot 39.7 percent from the field for the game to go along with 45.2 percent from beyond the arc. The Hawks were 14-for-49 from the floor and 1-for-10 from three for the game.
For the second straight game, UMES outrebounded its opponent, 44-36.
The Hawks travel to Kennesaw State for a 7:30 p.m. game Nov. 29, while Navy hosts Radford the same night.