BAXTER SCORES CAREER-HIGH 28 POINTS IN UMES LOSS AT UMBC
Dec. 2, 2013
BALTIMORE, Md. – Freshman guard Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored a career-high 28 points but it was not enough as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team was defeated by the University of Maryland Baltimore County, 64-59, on Monday night at the Retrievers Athletic Center. The loss drops UMES to 2-4 on the season, while UMBC goes to 3-5.
Down by one with 1:32 remaining, UMES forced a turnover and brought down a pair of offensive rebounds on the other side, before being fouled in the double-bonus. The Hawks would go to the free-throw line with a chance to take the lead, but it was not in the cards, as both were missed and UMBC held on for the win. The Retrievers sealed the game with a perfect effort from the free-throw line the rest of the way.
UMES came out of the gates cold as UMBC scored the first nine points of the contest. A free-throw by senior Francis Ezeiru (Enugu, Nigeria) ended the drought and made the score 9-1. The Retrievers would continue to push and saw their lead move to 14 points, 19-5, following a made shot by Charles Taylor, Jr. with 10 minutes left. The Hawks would then go on to score eight unanswered over the next three minutes to bring the game to within six, 21-15.
The Hawks continued to push the pedal down as they closed the half on a 13-3 run. The Hawks originally tied the game on two free-throws by Baxter at the 4:41 mark, before a layup by freshman Shane Randall (Philadelphia, Pa.) and a three by junior Isaac Smith (Chicago, Ill.) gave UMES a 28-24 lead at intermission. Baxter led all scorers with 12 points at the half, while senior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) had six points and six boards.
UMBC opened the second scoring the first six points to take a 31-28 lead after a minute of action. A runner by Smith broke the ice for UMES to bring the Hawk deficit to one, but the Retrievers used two points by David Kadiri to take a 41-33 lead and cap a 13-2 run. The Hawks countered with a 10-2 run of their own thanks to six points by Baxter to tie the game up at 43 with just under 13 remaining.
A layup by Baxter a minute later would give UMES a 46-45 lead, but UMBC would turn it around and take a seven point lead with 4:17 to go. Six unanswered points by UMES brought the game to within one, but it was as close as the Hawks would get as UMBC was perfect from the free-throw line the rest of the way.
The Hawks were led in the game by Baxter, but also saw an outstanding effort from Snyder, who had 12 rebounds and eight points. UMES shot 39-percent from the floor in the game, while ripping down 33 rebounds and forcing seven turnovers.
UMBC was paced by the effort of Kadiri, who had 21 points and was 10-of-13 from the floor. The Retrievers had four players post double-digit point totals, including Quentin Jones’ 13 points and three assists.
UMES will take nearly two weeks off before the Hawks return to action as the men travel to Oregon State on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. The game is the third of five consecutive road games for UMES.
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