UMES DOWNS BETHUNE-COOKMAN, 69-52, FOR THIRD WIN IN LAST FOUR
Jan. 17, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Casey Morton (Mardela Springs, Md.) tied her career high with 24 points on 7-for-13 shooting to lead three players in double figures as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore rolled to a 69-52 win over Bethune-Cookman at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center Monday.
Morton added four rebounds, four steals and three assists to help UMES (5-11, 2-2 MEAC) to its third win in four games. B-CU, which received 17 points from Jasmine Elum and 16 from Jasmine Daniels, fell to 8-8 overall and 2-3 in the conference with the loss.
The win marked the first two-game sweep of Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman since the 2008-09 season when the Lady Hawks defeated FAMU (45-38) and B-CU (72-65) in succession on Feb. 21-23, 2009 in the Sunshine State.
It is also the second time this season Morton has tied her career high. The senior also had 24 points in a 64-60 loss to American at the Hytche Center on Jan. 2.
Kwinnyata Mercer (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) and Chelsea Sanders (Rochester, N.Y.) recorded 11 points apiece. Both Morton and Mercer were a 3-for-3 from 3-point range and UMES finished 7-of-10 from distance.
A choppy game, it featured a combined 51 personal fouls, four technical fouls and 40 turnovers.
Down, 10-9, on an Amanda Hairston layup with 13:15 remaining in the half, UMES engineered an 11-0 run to go up 20-10, and didn't look back. Bria Jackson (Rochester, N.Y.) and Sanders led the way with four each in the spurt while a Mercer trey punctuated the stretch at the 8:48 mark.
Cleniece Roberts halted the run with a layup and transition but UMES scored the next eight for its biggest lead of the half. Jackson's 3-pointer made it a 28-12 game with 3:40 before the break.
B-CU responded with a 14-4 run of its own to close the half within six at 32-26. Daniels had six in the stretch, which got the Lady Wildcats back in it.
A pair of Elum free throws in the first 30 seconds of the second half cut the UMES lead to four but the Lady Hawks scored tallied an 11-4 run to restore a double-digit edge, 43-32, on another Mercer bucket from downtown from the corner, assisted by Morton, with less than four minutes gone.
Bethune-Cookman cut the deficit to 45-44 over a 3:54 span as UMES missed all three shots from the floor it took and committed four turnovers. B-CU got six from Elum to get as close as it would the rest of the day.
Morton scored the Lady Hawks next four points to ignite a 14-0 run, as Bethune-Cookman was held off the scoreboard for 6:25 until Daniel hit a jumper with 5:43 to go.
The Lady Hawks shot 34.9 percent (18-for-41) and the Lady Wildcats were held to 37.8 percent (17-of-45). UMES converted 21 B-CU turnovers into 29 points and also won the rebounding battle, 34-30.
UMES has Tuesday off before getting right back at it when the Lady Hawks host Savannah State Wednesday at 6 p.m. SSU topped UMES, 71-50, on Jan. 5.