Nov. 27, 2010

Box Score | Coach Allen Post-game Interview | Radio Highlights

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Led by redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) and freshman Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team defeated the Naval Academy, 89-81, in overtime Saturday evening at Navy's Alumni Hall.

"This was definitely a satisfying victory," said head coach Frankie Allen. "I was pleased with our effort from start to finish. In the second half we got down but through sheer grit and determination we were able to overcome a tough Navy team."

As a team, the Hawks outrebounded the Midshipmen, 54-32, and posted 22 second chance points against Navy's five.

Haley led the game with 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the floor and a career-high 10 rebounds in 32 minutes of play. His previous career-high in rebounds was nine, which he recorded last season at Norfolk State on February 6.

"Hillary was very good on both ends of the court tonight," commented Allen. "He was very committed defensively and made some big plays for us down the stretch."

Bell, who more than doubled his career-high in minutes played (28), went 5-for-7 from behind the arc and ended the night with 16 points. The guard also grabbed six rebounds in the win.

"I've spoken to Lou and as a freshman, we both realize that it takes time to get into a groove in the college game," remarked Allen. "He is continually getting extra work in and always shows up early to the gym and before games to get his shots up. I'm very pleased with his development and look forward to him having more games like tonight."

The win marks the first time since the 2001-02 season that UMES (2-4) has won multiple games in the month of November and since then were 6-30 in that timeframe. The win is also the second consecutive the Hawks have over Navy (2-6) as they defeated the Midshipmen last year at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center, 80-72. It is only the second time that UMES has won at Alumni Hall, with the previous time being the 1993-94 season.



The Hawks led the majority of the first half, with their biggest lead being nine points, with 6:51 and 6:23 on the clock. UMES had a balanced scoring attack with Haley and Bell each having seven points and eight of the 12 players who saw minutes scoring at least two points going into halftime ahead, 34-31.

Coming out of the half, Navy took the advantage, 46-38, with a 15-4 run in the first six minutes. The Hawks chiseled away at the Mids and eventually regained the lead at 55-54 with consecutive 3-pointers by Haley and Bell with under 10 minutes remaining.

Navy would go up again, this time by five, with 5:05 left on the clock before free throws by senior Freddy Obame Obame (Libreville, Gabon) and another trey from Haley tied the game a fourth time, this time at 62-62.

UMES took the lead at 69-67 with 1:05 remaining with a rebound tip-in in the paint by junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) before the Mids tied it again at 69-69 with 42 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

The Hawks took the lead immediately with another shot from behind the arc from Bell and never looked back. They would go up by nine and kept a sizeable lead as Navy continued to foul UMES and send them to the line.

The Hawks outscored the Mids 20-12 in the extra five minutes and went 10-for-14 from the charity stripe to win the game, including four points with 15 seconds remaining.

Senior Greg Brown recorded 28 points, with six 3-pointers, and six rebounds to lead Navy.

"This was our first road win of the season and going into a five-game road trip, it's good to get it out of the way early on," Allen stated. "We'll enjoy this win and have the day off Sunday, but then we have the week to put in solid preparation for Delaware State."

The Hawks next play on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Delaware State in Dover, Del. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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