Feb. 2, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. --The University of Maryland Eastern Shore battled back from being down 16 points with 11:47 remaining in the game, to down just one-point with 33 seconds left in the game. Unfortunately for the Hawks, its efforts were a bit too late, falling to North Carolina A&T 46-44 Saturday.
Troy Snyder tied a game-high 17 points for the UMES, while Francis Ezeiru totaled 11 rebounds. Snyder knocked down seven points in less than three minutes to bring UMES within six points at 8:31. He hit two of his three three-pointers in that stretch of time. Snyder finished 6-of-13 (.461) from the field and was 50-percent at the free-throw line.
Trailing 38-22 with just under 12 minutes remaining in the second half, the Hawks trailed by just five (23-18) at the start of the second half. Unable to slow the Aggie's offense, UMES was held scoreless for almost four minutes until Snyder's three-pointer.
He would convert a free-throw 30 seconds later, and his teammate Dominique Cowell would sink a three-pointer to bring UMES within a single digit deficit (29-38). Snyder nailed another three-pointer with 8:31 remaining in the contest to bring UMES within six points (38-32).
Cowell would again return to action for the Hawks, knocking down two free throws for the Hawks to pull within five points. The UMES defense held the Aggies from scoring for two-and-a-half minutes, giving the Hawks ample opportunity to tie the game at 44-all.
Cowell penetrated the Aggie defense, earned the attention of two North Carolina A&T defenders before dumping the ball to Olatunji Kosile for the dunk and tie.
A foul by Kevin Mays gave the Aggies an opportunity to regain the lead, which it did after making 1-of-2 free-throw attempts. The Aggies returned to the free-throw line with just six seconds remaining in the game, and would knock down another free-throw.
The Hawks return to the court on Monday, Feb. 4 to face North Carolina Central. That contest is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start.