UMES DEFENSE FALLS SHORT IN 105-86 LOSS TO WAGNER
Dec. 15, 2007
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - A sloppy defensive effort from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) ended their brief one game winning streak as they lost to Wagner College 105-86 on Saturday night in the Spiro Sports Center.
UMES (2-10, 0-1 MEAC) scored a season-high behind Ed Tyson (Baltimore, Md./Walbrook H.S.) who came up one point shy of tying a career-high with 36 points on 12-of-23 shooting from the field, including five three-pointers and a perfect seven-of-seven from the line.
"We scored 86 points offensively but that was not the problem," said Interim Head Coach Meredith Smith. "It's tough to get a lead when the other team shot the way they did in the first half."
Wagner (7-3, 1-0 NEC) came out on fire in the first half, combining on 22-of-32 shots for a near flawless 68.8 percent (52.4 percent overall). They would take a 55-38 halftime lead on a last second three-pointer from Jamal Smith.
The Hawks tied the game at four all on a Denzel Jackson (Philadelphia, Pa./Lincoln H.S.) lay-in but a Durell Vinson free-throw would break the tie and spark a 14-2 run to give Wagner the lead for good.
After winning the battle on the boards in their previous game, the Hawks were out rebounded, 54-35, and gave up a season-high 25 on the offensive end which led to 27 second chance points. In addition, they were outscored in the paint, 56-28, and allowed 21 fast break points, while accounting for just six of their own.
"We made some plays down low but there were also some we didn't make," said Smith.
Overall, the Hawks shot above their season average from the field (38.4 percent), beyond the arc (38.5 percent), and free-throw line (80.4 percent). They also finished with one fewer turnover than the Seahawks, 17-16.
Marc Davis (Baltimore, Md./Walbrook H.S.) added 15 points on just 3-of-14 shooting, while converting a perfect nine-of-nine from the line to go along with a career-high seven assists. Aleksandar Popovic (Novi Sad, Serbia/Weatherford College) recorded his first double-double of the season with 12 point and 12 rebounds. Josh Bright (Salisbury, Md./Morgan State University) chipped in with a career-high 12 points on four-of-nine three-point shooting off the bench.
The Seahawks had five players finish scoring in double figures and were led by James Ulrich who had a team-high 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Jamal Smith added 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Vinson recorded a double-double of 12 points and 17 rebounds. Michael Orock and Llewchean Radford had 15 and 11 off the bench respectively. Mark Porter dished out a game-high 13 assists.
UMES will take a week off before they host the U.S. Naval Academy on Saturday, December 22. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 E.T. and can be heard on WTGM-AM 960 The Team or live on the internet at www.umeshawks.com.