DELAWARE STATE STING HAWKS IN MEAC BATTLE
Dec. 3, 2011
Princess Anne, Md. --Hillary Haley led all scorers with 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore lost to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Delaware State 78-68 Saturday. Delaware State leads the all-time series 51-45 following the 96th meeting of the Hawks and Hornets.
Haley had a first half high of 13 points going 4-of-4 at the free-throw line, and was 4-of-9 (.444) from the field. He entered the game with 14-minutes remaining in the first half and quickly got to work dishing out an assist and scoring an early lay-up. Haley's score cut the Hornets lead to 15-13.
Following a missed shot by a teammate, Haley scored on a second-chance basket to give the Hawks its first lead of the game with 3:12 remaining. The Hawks continued to push the lead late into the first period. Haley converted two free throws to give UMES its third lead of the season entering halftime (35-31).
His second free-throw gave the Hawks its largest lead of the game (35-29) with less than a minute remaining. Haley was 6-of-11(.545) from the free-throw line and 7-of-15 (.466) from the field for the game. In his 32 minutes of play he posted his first double-double of the season and scored his highest total in points of the season.
Teammate Louis Bell struck first for UMES to cut into a 6-0 run held by the Hornets and finished second in points for the Hawks with 17. Bell's three-pointer cut the early part of the game to 6-3, and later converted a lay-up to bring the Hawks within two points (13-11).
He shot below his season average from behind the three-point arc (.405), making under 20 percent of his attempts. Bell shot better than 43 percent from the field (6-of-14), and was 3-of-6 at the free-throw line.
The Hawks fought hard in the first half and opened the second half a bit sluggish. Delaware State hit a three-pointer to take a one-point lead over the Hawks. UMES shot just 22.2 percent from behind the three-point line compared to Hornets 38.9 percent.
Another area in which UMES struggled was making its free-throw attempts. Making just 14-of-25 (.560) at the charity stripe, the Hawks were unable to close the point gap late in the second half when given the double bonus opportunity.
As a team UMES scored 36 points in the paint and made 26 points on second-chance opportunities. The Hawks also won the rebounding battle, and took better possession of the ball committing just 13 turnovers.
UMES will have seven days off until its next game. The Hawks will host Mercy College (Dec. 10) in its final game of 2011 before winter break.