UMES CAN'T CONTAIN NO. 8 PITT; HAWKS FALL, 97-64
Dec. 18, 2010
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) led the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team in scoring with 17 points as the Hawks fell to Pittsburgh, 97-64, at Petersen Events Center Saturday evening.
"The guys really came out and played with fire tonight," said head coach Frankie Allen. "I was very pleased with our first half play as we stayed in it most of the way. It was hard for us to maintain the intensity in the second half and Pittsburgh started to make some shots."
Junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) added in 13 points for UMES (2-8) while fellow junior Dishawn Bradshaw (Baltimore, Md.) had 12. Bradshaw led the team with four rebounds and five assists on the night.
The Panthers (11-1) scored first in the game, but the Hawks stayed close throughout the first half. Pitt took a lead of seven points before a trey by Haley brought the score to 11-7 at the 16:40 mark.
Over the next four minutes, Bradshaw and freshman Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) also each drained 3-pointers to bring the score within two at 15-13 with less than 13 minutes remaining in the half.
Hines made a spectacular play at the 10:16 mark with a one-handed rebounded put-back to bring the score to 22-15 and repeated nearly the same play just 30 seconds later to come within five at 22-17.
Haley scored five straight points for UMES to bring the Hawks within four at 26-22 with 6:48 left on the clock in the first half to force the Panthers' head coach Jamie Dixon to call a timeout.
Coming out of the timeout, Pitt went on a 14-1 run to force Allen to take a timeout for UMES with 3:55 left in the half.
Just 30 seconds later, senior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) grabbed a defensive rebound and hit Hines for a fast-break dunk to make the score 40-25. The Hawks ended the half with a 3-pointer by redshirt sophomore Mark Robertson (Lakewood, N.J.) and a layup by senior Freddy Obame Obame (Libreville, Gabon) to bring the score to 47-32.
UMES came out of halftime and immediately received a basket from downtown from Bradshaw to come within 12 at 47-25. That is the closest the Hawks would come in the second half.
At the 17:21 mark, UMES executed a perfect inbounds play and scored an easy two points from White who was assisted by Bradshaw at 53-37.
Bradshaw hit his fourth trey of the game with 9:30 left on the clock to put the scoreboard at 80-51.
Bell hit two consecutive three's with under two minutes remaining to make things 93-62. The Hawks finished the game with two free throws by Hines.
Coming into the game, Pitt was ranked no. 8 in the country in both Associated Press Poll and the ESPN/USA Coaches Poll. Gilbert Brown paced the Panthers with a career-high 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the floor. Gary McGhee recorded a double-double on the night with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Pitt.
UMES plays their first home game after five straight road games on Wednesday. Tip-off against Washington College is set for 1 p.m. at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center.