HAWKS GROUNDED BY EAGLES IN FINAL HOME CONTEST OF 2013
Dec. 29, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - In their final home contest of the 2013 calendar year, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team fell to American University, 71-58, on Sunday afternoon. UMES has now lost two consecutive contests to American as the Hawks fell for the first time at home in their history against American. With the decision, UMES drops to 2-8, while American ups its record to 4-7.
UMES and American found themselves deadlocked in a 4-4 tie at the 17:38 mark, before the Eagles scored 11 unanswered points to take a 15-4 lead. The teams would trade baskets for the next eight minutes, before the Hawks would go on an 8-4 run to bring themselves to within six points of the Eagles.
American upped its lead to 15 after scoring seven of the games next eight points, but a three-pointer by junior KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) with one second left in the frame made the score 39-27 at half. Jones led the men with a team-high eight points at the break. John Schoof hit three long range shots to accumulate a game-high 13 points at half, while Kyle Kager brought down four boards and dished out two assists.
Freshman Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) made a layup to begin the second to bring UMES to within 10. The game continued with each team countering the others push as the advantage stayed relatively the same until the five minute mark. The Hawks used another layup by Baxter to cap an 8-1 run to bring the Hawks to within seven, 59-52.
The Eagles would go on to hold the Hawks scoreless over the next four minutes of play. American finished the game off by controlling the tempo as they scored 12 of the game's final 18 points.
UMES was paced in the game by Baxter, who had a team-high 13 points and five boards. Jones had 12 points and freshman Shane Randall (Philadelphia, Pa.) had a career-high 10 points and four rebounds. The Hawks shot 31-percent from the floor and totaled just a 13-percent clip from long-range.
American had three players notch 15 points in the game in Jesse Reed, Kager and Schoof. The Eagles shot a blistering 56-percent from the field, including a 8-for-17 clip from three-point territory. AU also made its free-throws (15-for-19) and held a 32-30 advantage on the glass.
The Hawks will now make its way south for a four-game roadtrip, beginning with a bout at Virginia Tech on New Years Eve at 4 p.m. The game will be nationally televised as the Hawks will be featured on ESPN3 for the second time this season.
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