AMERICAN HOLDS OFF UMES, 65-58
Nov. 17, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored 19 points for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team but the Hawks were unable to overcome American University as they lost, 65-58, Wednesday night at Bender Arena in Washington, D.C.
"I'm proud of our effort tonight," said head coach Frankie Allen. "We made some really nice stretches and our defense was outstanding. I have to give credit to Tyler [Hines], Dishawn [Bradshaw] and Kevin [White] as they really stepped up on the defensive end."
UMES, who has started the season 0-3 with the loss, fell victim to the Eagles' Vlad Moldoveanu. The senior scored 31 points for American (3-0) on 6-of-7 shooting from behind the arc and 9-for-15 overall.
"The home team made some big plays tonight," Allen commented. "The real difference in this game was Moldoveanu. He is a tremendous player who can hit big shots."
Junior Dishawn Bradshaw (Baltimore, Md.) and redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) continue to play well for the Hawks as they each chipped in nine points while senior Freddy Obame Obame (Libreville, Gabon) registered a game-high seven rebounds.
UMES started the game off well, holding possession of the ball for over the first minute of the game before they scored off of an up-and-under move in the paint by junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.). The Hawks held the Eagles off of the board until the 16:26 mark when Moldoveanu made his first 3-point basket of the game.
White would then tie the game at seven-apiece with a give-and-go move with Obame Obame. The play resulted in a baseline lay-in and three-points as Steve Luptak fouled White.
American would eventually go up by five before UMES came back and took the lead, 16-14, with a trey by Haley and free throw by White. The Eagles then scored five unanswered points before a hook-shot in the paint by Hines brought the score back to 21-18 in favor of American. The Eagles went into halftime leading, 23-18.
The Hawks scored their first basket of the second half at the 18:22 mark as Obame Obame stole the ball from Moldoveanu and went up for a layup in the paint to bring the score to 27-20.
The largest lead American held was with 14:37 remaining after a basket by Troy Brewer put the score at 38-27.
UMES would then take over the momentum of the game and scored eight unanswered points with layups by Obame Obame and redshirt senior Tim Burns (Franklinville, N.J.) and a 3-pointer by Bradshaw to make things 38-35.
Freshman Kevin Williams (Pearland, Texas) scored the first points of his career and brought the Hawks within two at 43-41 with his floater in the lane at the 7:57 mark.
UMES then tied the game twice, at 45-45 and 47-47, with free throws from Burns and Obame Obame. Moldoveanu responded with two straight baskets from behind the arc before White shot his own 3-pointer to bring the game to 53-50 with less than three minutes remaining.
With 1:31 left in the game, White banked in a jumper to bring the score to 58-54. The Eagles' Brewer responded with a dunk and technical foul after hanging on the rim. Bradshaw swished the subsequent free throws. On the inbounds play, White was fouled by Nick Hendra and continued to make two more free throws for the Hawks to make things 60-58 with just over a minute remaining.
Those would be the last points for UMES as Moldoveanu went 5-for-6 from the charity stripe in the final 30 seconds to record the final score of 65-58.
Overall, the score was tied three times in the game and the lead changed a total of five times.
The Hawks return home for their fourth game in nine days with a matchup against Kean University on Saturday at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center at 2 p.m.
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