HAWKS HANG TOUGH AT MISSOURI, FALL 73-55
Ryan Andino had seven points in the game.
Nov. 15, 2015

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - For 25 minutes the Hawks of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) gave the SEC’s Missouri Tigers all they could handle as the two teams had played to a 37-37 tie. But the last 15 minutes saw Mizzou make a late push with a 16-4 run to pull away and hand UMES the 73-55 loss in the second game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

It was just over 11 minutes to play and UMES trailed by three, but a missed trey sent Missouri on a 9-0 run to increase their lead to a dozen. UMES got it to single digits with just over six minutes to play, but a three from the Tigers sparked another run that would put them up by as many as 21 over the final minutes, with the Hawks keeping the final difference under 20 points.

“We are still a work in progress, but tonight I though we took a step in the right direction,” said head coach Bobby Collins.

UMES played a much better second game of the season, rebounding well from the K-State loss two nights before. Although he didn’t fill up the stat sheet, freshman Ahmad Frost (Cincinnati, Ohio) played 29 minutes at the point, giving UMES solid defense and sparking the offense into their offensive systems.

“The line that needs to get better is our assist line,” said Collins about the offense. “We only had seven assists, and we need to start playing more as a team, together. We have 10 new players, and we are really trying to find our rhythm and the way we want to play.”

Newcomer Bakari Copeland (Decauter, Ga.) was again a force, posting 11 first-half points to finish with 16, a game-high, and again lead the team in rebounding, tallying six total. Devin Martin (Baltimore, Md.) added 13 points and matched Copeland with six boards. They tied for a game-high on the glass.

Dominique Elliott (Savannah, Ga.) was more active against the Tigers than he was against K-State, but still managed just four points as he was limited to ten minutes, finishing with four fouls. “When he’s not in the game we are out of our rhythm,” said Collins. “But I take my hat off to my guys, they really stepped up to fill the void.”

Ryan Andino (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) got more on track, tallying seven points on 2-5 shooting from behind the arc. Freshman Dontae Caldwell (Compton, Calif.) also chipped in with seven points.

The Hawks trailed by just two points at the half, 34-32, shooting over 40% from the floor. They finished shooting just under 39% for the game. The Hawks out rebounded the Tigers 31-29 and played solid defense, spending much of the game in a zone. UMES committed just 13 turnovers, a significant improvement from the Kansas State game’s 22 miscues.

For the second straight game, foul shooting hurt the Hawks. UMES was 14-22 from the stripe, but Mizzou went 23-30. That makes two games in a row that the opponent has made the same amount of more than UMES took from the charity stripe.

Four Tigers finished in double figures with Wes Clark leading the way with 15 points. No Tiger had more than five rebounds in the game.

UMES will continue stepping the right direction after taking a week off. They travel to Wofford for the third game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic with an early tip-off, scheduled for noon on Saturday, November 21.

 

 

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