BEARS CLOSE OUT HAWKS IN FINAL MINUTES, 74-60
Jan. 24, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - With less than four minutes to go in the game, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team was down just five points to Morgan State University, but the Bears outscored the Hawks 10-1 in the final minutes to take the win, 74-60, at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center Monday.
"There were plenty of times where we were down only a couple of points but we just couldn't get over the hump at key moments," commented head coach Frankie Allen. "In the final moments it was really too little too late. When they needed baskets they got them and we never materialized our opportunities, especially at the free throw line."
Redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) led UMES in scoring for the ninth time in ten games and had a game-high 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting and 3-for-7 from 3-point range. Haley scored 18 of his points in the second half of play.
Junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) recorded his second double-double of the season with ten points and ten rebounds. Classmate Dishawn Bradshaw (Baltimore, Md.) also chipped in ten points for the Hawks.
Morgan's Kevin Thompson took control of the game early, outscoring UMES 8-2 within the first five minutes of the contest.
The Bears would go up by 11 at 18-7 before senior Freddy Obame Obame (Libreville, Gabon) and Hines each scored on layups to bring the score to 18-11 with 8:27 left on the clock in the first half.
Justin Jackson would give MSU a 13-point advantage at 5:38 before Bradshaw responded with a trey just 30-seconds later to make the score 27-17.
With 2:41 left, redshirt sophomore Mark Robertson (Lakewood, N.J.) nailed a 3-pointer to come within nine at 31-22.
Free throws by Ameer Ali put the Bears up 39-28 to close out the first half.
The Hawks came out of the half raring to go as Hines came up with a huge dunk at 19:48 and Haley hit a trey to put the score at 39-33. Haley then pulled UMES within four at 42-38 with two consecutive fast-break layups.
With less than ten minutes remaining in the game, Ali fouled Bradshaw as he sank a 3-pointer to create a four-point play and to bring the Hawks within one at 52-51.
MSU then went up by nine before Haley crushed two shots from downtown to make things 62-57 in favor of the Bears.
Another jumper by Haley at 3:46 brought UMES within five at 64-59, but this would be the last field goal made of the game for the Hawks.
MSU scored seven points off of free throws in the final 2:19 to close out UMES, 74-60.
"I've said it before and I'll say it again tonight, we've got to learn how to finish plays," stated Allen. "It's frustrating because we go over and over these things in practice and we don't transition it to games."
With the loss, the Hawks fall to 4-15 on the season and 1-5 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play. The Bears move over .500 to 9-8 overall and 5-1 in the MEAC.
Thompson led MSU in scoring with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field. He also led the Bears with eight rebounds on the night.
The Hawks next travel to Washington, D.C. on Saturday where they have a 4 p.m. tip against the Howard Bison at Burr Gymnasium.
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