BRILLIANT FIRST-HALF NOT ENOUGH FOR HAWKS IN LOSS AT OREGON STATE
Dec. 15, 2013
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team was defeated by Oregon State, 98-66, at Gill Coliseum before 2,404 fans on Sunday afternoon. The contest, which was the first ever meeting between the two, was dominated in the paint by Oregon State in the second-half. With the loss, UMES drops to 2-5 on the year, while Oregon State moves to 5-2.
Trailing by just one at the half, UMES could not hold its own in the second as Oregon State took control early in last period. The Beavers scored 15 unanswered points across an eight minute span in the middle of the period to run with the game. UMES put up a valiant fight throughout the first, but foul trouble and a substantial size difference would plague the Hawks the rest of the way. Oregon State completed nine old fashioned three-point plays altogether.
UMES fell behind quickly in the game as Oregon State used a three-point play by Devon Collier to jump out to a 15-7 lead after six minutes of play. Oregon State would hold a multi-possession lead for the next ten minutes, but the Hawks would use seven consecutive points by freshman Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) to bring the game to within three, 28-25, with three to go. UMES held the Beavers scoreless for nearly five minutes in that span.
After two free-throws by OSU’s Angus Brandt, junior Issac Smith III (Chicago, Ill.) buried two consecutive three-pointers to give the Hawks their first lead of the game, 31-30, with 1:20 remaining. OSU scored the next three points to take the advantage, but two free-throws by junior KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) closed the gap to one, 34-33, at the halftime break. The Hawks shot 6-of-11 from three-point range and held the Beavers to just one field goal in the last eight minutes.
Oregon State opened the second-half with two consecutive three-point plays and a dunk by Collier to race out to an eight-point lead, 42-34 at the 17:00 mark. The 8-1 run was stopped after a three-pointer from the baseline by Jones following a UMES timeout. After Jones’ fifth three-pointer of the night, OSU responded with 15 unanswered points to take a 70-49 lead with half a period to play.
It stayed in Oregon State’s favor the rest of the way as the Beavers offense was unable to be tamed. OSU shot 51-percent from the floor in the second-half with eight three-pointers. The Beavers also dominated play in the paint with a 52-22 advantage from their big men.
Jones led the Hawks with 21 points behind a 5-of-8 performance from long-range. Smith chipped in with 13 points, while Baxter had 12 points and five boards. Junior Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had a career-high nine boards and senior Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) had three assists. The Hawks continued their strong shooting from the free-throw line with a 72-percent performance, led by Baxter’s six free-throws.
Oregon State had four players notch double-digits in the contest, including a game-high 24 points by Collier. Collier completed a double-double performance with a game-high 12 boards as well. The PAC 12’s leading scorer, Roberto Nelson, had 20 points and four assists, while Brandt had 17 points and three blocks. OSU made eight three pointers in the game and held a 45-38 advantage in rebounds.
UMES will not have long to rest as the Hawks will engage in action at Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. EST. The game is set to air on ESPN3.
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