Jan. 29, 2011

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) scored 29 points and redshirt sophomore Mark Robertson (Lakewood, N.J.) scored a career-high in scoring with 17 points, but it wasn't enough as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team was defeated, 77-73, by Howard University Saturday afternoon at Burr Gymnasium.

Haley made a career-high 12 field goals and tied his-career best 21 field goal attempts on the night. He previously went 11-of-21 from the field at Navy on Nov. 27. Haley also led the team with eight rebounds.

Robertson went 5-of-8 overall and from 3-point range to tie his career-best, which he set on Nov. 17, 2009 at Marquette.

Robertson started the game hot, nailing two straight treys at 12:12 and 11:34 to tie the game and then take the lead at 17-14. Just over two minutes later, Haley sank his own 3-pointer to give the Hawks a 20-18 lead.

UMES then took a 7-1 run, capped by a fastbreak layup by senior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) to force a HU timeout at 7:04. The Bison responded with a 13-4 run to end the half and lead the game, 34-31, at halftime.

Junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) cut the lead to two at 42-40 with a dunk at the 16:10 mark before Haley drilled a shot from downtown to give the Hawks a 43-42 advantage.

HU would lead by as much as nine points before another 3-pointer from Robertson brought UMES within two at 73-71 with 36 seconds left on the clock.

The Bison felt the pressure at that point and took a team turnover, as they were unable to complete an inbounds play. The Hawks capitalized and tied the game at 73-73 with 21 seconds remaining from a layup from White.

HU responded with two layups by Kyle Riley and Anton Dickerson to take the game, 77-73.

With the loss, UMES falls to 4-16 on the season and 1-6 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play. The Bison snapped a nine-game losing streak and captured their first MEAC win of the season as they move to 3-17 overall and 1-7 in the league.

Riley led HU in scoring with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Dadrian Collins contributed 18 points and led the team with nine rebounds in the win.

The Hawks next take on league-leading Hampton on Monday evening at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.



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