HALEY'S DOUBLE-DOUBLE NOT ENOUGH AS HAWKS FALL, 77-68, TO COPPIN STATE
Jan. 22, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) recorded his third career double-double as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team couldn't escape Coppin State, 77-68, Saturday evening at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center.
In a game where the lead changed a total of 13 times (ten in the first half), the Hawks (4-14; 1-4) couldn't get the ball to fall in the closing minutes of the game.
"They really took it to us down the stretch," stated head coach Frankie Allen. "In the final minutes, they made the plays and shots when we didn't."
Haley scored a team-high 23 points and grabbed ten rebounds in the loss. Juniors Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) and Diyaaldin Kelley (Philadelphia, Pa.) also each tallied ten rebounds while scoring nine and four points, respectively.
Senior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) dished out a total of nine assists, which ties his season-high.
The Eagles took a quick five-point lead in the first few minutes of the game before the Hawks tied the game at 9-9 with a rebound lay-in and free throw by senior Freddy Obame Obame (Libreville, Gabon).
Kelley gave UMES a one-point edge at 16-15 with a monstrous dunk at 9:01 coming off of an assist by White.
Once again CSU would take the lead but senior Josh Bright (Salisbury, Md.) quickly responded with a 3-pointer at 6:52 and 30-seconds later Haley also contributed a trey to give the Hawks a 26-24 lead.
White and Kelley connected yet again for another dunk from Kelley with 4:38 remaining in the half to give UMES another lead at 28-27.
Haley connected on three free throws to finish the half for the Hawks and the Eagles were able to cut the lead to 34-33 to go into halftime.
UMES held their lead for the majority of the second half and a trey from freshman Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) at the 13:40 mark gave the Hawks their largest lead of the game at 53-44.
Coppin slowly chipped away at that lead and would tie the game at 60-all with 4:35 on the clock. They then went on a 10-2 run before a drive by White came with 2:17 left to bring the score to 70-64 in favor of the Eagles.
From that point, the two teams would trade pairs of free throws and another layup by White at 0:27 brought the Hawks within four at 72-68. Coppin responded with three made free throws and a layup to seal the game at 77-68.
Tony Gallo scored a game-high 26 points on 8-of-14 shooting for the Eagles (8-9; 3-2). Akeem Ellis led the Eagles with eight rebounds.
The Hawks wrap up their four game homestand on Monday with a 7:30 p.m. tip against Morgan State.
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