HAWKS GUT OUT SCRAPPY WIN, 92-82
Devon Walker (pictured) scored a career-high 27 points in Saturday's win over Coppin State
Jan. 31, 2015

Box Score

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team started slow, but roared back for a high-octane 92-82 victory over Coppin State on Saturday afternoon. UMES (13-10, 6-2) took home their third straight win with the gutsy result, erasing an early 13-point deficit to the Eagles.

Coppin State blitzed the Hawks out of the gates, jumping out to a 19-6 lead at the 15:30 mark of the first half. The Eagles caught fire, hitting nine three-pointers on 20 attempts in the first period. Dominique Elliott (Savannah, Ga.) and Devon Walker (Philadelphia, Pa.) kept the Hawks close with their own timely shooting. Walker nailed five of six long range shots in the first half. Elliott scored 10 of the Hawks’ 12 points over a stretch of four minutes, carrying the offensive burden with Mike Myers bottled up. Myers, the Hawks’ leading scorer on the year, tallied just one point before halftime.


 

 

Trailing 48-45 at the break, UMES finally broke through with a huge run in the second half. With 17:01 to go, Coppin State led 55-50 after a layup by Arnold Fripp. The Hawks proceeded to score the next 13 points over the following six minutes. The Hawks pushed the pedal, continuing the run until they built a 17-point lead at 79-62 with 5:10 to play. Overall, UMES strung together a 29-7 run over twelve minute period to break open the floodgates. Ryan Andino (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) scored all of his 14 points in the second half, including 4-of-7 shooting from deep.

Walker stepped up in the absence of Devin Martin, posting career-highs with 27 points and nine rebounds. Despite his first half struggles, Myers still compiled 11 points and 12 rebounds, his fifth double-double of the season. Travis Trim filled in admirably at point guard, playing tight defense on Taariq Cephas and recording career-bests with four assists and three steals.

UMES shot the lights out from the floor, at 51.9% overall and 11-of-18 (61.1%) from the three-point line. However, free throw shooting continued to be a sore point with UMES making just 25 of 44 attempts for a 56.8% percent clip. The Hawks exploited the glass against the worst rebounding team in the conference, outrebounding Coppin State by a margin of 46 to 33. After scoring 48 points in the first half, Coppin State cooled off thanks to improved defense on the Hawks’ part. UMES held the Eagles to just 33.3% percent overall and 28.6% percent from deep after the break.

With the victory, UMES has now won three consecutive games, the second such streak this year. UMES has not won four consecutive games since January of 2002. The 92-point total is the most for UMES against a Division I opponent since a 96-92 overtime loss at Florida A&M on January 21, 2006. Among regulation totals, it’s the most for a Hawks squad vs. a Division I team since a 93-78 win over Towson on December 11, 2001.

The Hawks still stand in third place in the MEAC, now at 6-2 in conference play and 13-10 overall. The six wins are already the most since UMES finished an even .500 at 8-8 in MEAC play for the 2009-10 season. The Hawks have not won 13 games in a single season since 1994-95 when they finished 13-14.

UMES heads back on the road for three straight games away from Princess Anne, starting with a visit to Washington, D.C. on Monday. The Hawks play at Howard University with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off scheduled at Burr Gymnasium. Hawks fans can listen live on the Hawks Radio Network, powered by SFMSports.net and Fox Sports 960 AM in Salisbury, Md.




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