UMES FALLS TO DELAWARE STATE, 59-48, IN MEAC OPENER
Dec. 4, 2008
DOVER, Del. - Delaware State's Frisco Sandidge led three Hornets in double figures as they snapped a nine-game losing streak, handing the University of Maryland Eastern Shore its fifth consecutive loss, 59-48, at Memorial Hall Thursday.
Sophomore Marc Davis (Baltimore, Md.), playing in his first game since a season-opening loss at Stony Brook due to injury scored a team-high 15 points and added three assists for the Hawks (0-5, 0-1 MEAC).
Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) chipped in with 10 points and three rebounds for UMES, which lost to DSU for the ninth straight time and extended its road winless streak to 21 games.
Sandidge had 20 points (7-of-8 shooting) and eight rebounds.
"Our kids gave great effort, for the most part," said UMES head coach Frankie Allen, "they hustled and did some things well. We had some key moments where we didn't come up with loose balls, long rebounds and gave them second-chance opportunities ... and [the Hornets] showed they had some experience."
The Hawks hung tough throughout a tight first half. The game was tied four times in the opening period with Delaware State (2-9, 1-0 MEAC) taking its biggest lead of half, 25-19, into the halftime break as Sandidge converted a layup in the final seconds of play.
The deficit grew to as many as 12 on a jumper in the paint from Arturo Dubois with a three-and-a-half minutes gone in the second, before UMES went on a 15-5 run to shave the lead to 37-34. Keishawn Mayes (Warrenton, N.C.) hit a jumper at the 10:57 mark to cap the stretch.
Marcus Neal pushed the Hornets' advantage back to six with 7:35 left, but Davis answered with a desperation three-pointer at the end of the shot clock to slice the lead in half at 40-37 with 6:58 left.
UMES got to within three twice more, but DSU took control over the final 5:15, holding the Hawks to just nine points.
"Delaware State down the stretch was a team that's used to winning and expected to win," Allen said. "[When] it got down to winning time, they knew how."
Neal (18) and Dubois (11) also reached double figures for the Hornets, who won in just their third home game of the season.
For the first time this season, UMES was outrebounded by a margin of 38-30. The Hawks were also bested from the floor, shooting 32 percent from the field to DSU's 47.7 percent.
UMES returns home Saturday to face the New Jersey Institute of Technology at 2 p.m.