HALEY AND BRADSHAW LEAD HAWKS OVER SHOREMEN, 102-86
Dec. 21, 2010
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) recorded his second career double-double as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak Tuesday afternoon with a 102-86 win over Washington College at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center.
"It feels good to go home with the win as we've been struggling lately," said head coach Frankie Allen. "In the first half we played with tremendous intensity but in the second half we really struggled to stay focused. Even though we won, giving up 86 points is not a good statistic. Offensively we shot the ball well at times but we do it in spurts."
Haley, who posted his first career double-double in team's last win, an over-time victory at Navy on November 27, registered 21 points and 10 rebounds. He had a terrific first half as he scored 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor and grabbed all 10 of his rebounds.
"The effort was there for the most part but we did have some mental lapses," said Haley. "It doesn't matter what division we play - one, two or three - they're all basketball players."
In addition to Haley, four other Hawks scored in double figures. Junior Dishawn Bradshaw (Baltimore, Md.) scored 21 points on the day on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor. Fellow junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) recorded 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting while redshirt sophomore Mark Robertson (Lakewood, N.J.) had 13 on the day. Senior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) rounded out the pack with 11 points.
"It feels good but we have to get better day in and day out," said Bradshaw. "Defensively we cannot allow 86 points per game and that is something we have to work at. Defense is mental; everyone can score but you have to have the mental ability to defend."
UMES (3-8) started the game on a 14-5 run before taking a lead of 12 points at the 13:28 mark. The Shoremen (4-7) would come within eight with 8:55 on the clock before the Hawks would gradually pull away.
With just under six minutes remaining, Bradshaw dribbled around his defender and pulled up for a 3-pointer to put UMES up by 17 at 36-19.
Freshman Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) put up two trey's of his own at the 2:35 and 1:51 marks to put the score at 52-29 in favor of the Hawks. UMES went into halftime with a lead of 57-31 on 61.3 percent shooting.
Two free throws by Haley four minutes into the second half put the Hawks up 29, the highest of the game, at 63-34.
Washington slowly chipped away and came within 21 points before UMES went on an 8-0 run to go up again by 29 points. The Shoremen responded with a 17-0 run of their own to come within 12 with just under six minutes remaining in the game.
Bradshaw responded to this run and made four straight free throws and a basket from behind the arc to put the Hawks up, 85-66, with 5:01 on the clock.
With 2:09 remaining, Robertson made a layup in the paint and was fouled for a three-point play to put the Hawks up by 20 at 96-76. A layup by senior Tim Burns (Franklinville, N.J.) at the 1:05 mark made things 99-78.
UMES crossed the century mark with a free throw by senior RJ Tucker (Arnold, Md.) and hit 102 points with a jumper by Tucker from the corner.
The last time the Hawks hit the century mark in points was the 2000-01 season when they defeated Albany (N.Y.) on the road, 102-96, in three overtimes.
Washington's Kevin Breslin scored a game-high 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting. He also led the team with five rebounds.
UMES takes the next few days off for the holiday break before playing at Colorado on Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 9:07 p.m. Eastern Time.