Devin Martin (pictured) caught fire with a career-high 27 points vs. NC A&T
Dec. 8, 2014

Box Score

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball recorded their first conference win of the season with a second half comeback against the North Carolina A&T Aggies on Monday night. UMES (4-7, 1-1) stormed back in impressive fashion after trailing by as many as 11 points in the first half.

The Hawks came into the evening with the intention of bouncing back after dropping their MEAC opener to defending league champions, North Carolina Central. UMES got off to a slow start, falling behind 9-1 right out of the gates. The first Hawks' field goal did not come until15:15 remaining in the half. The lead ballooned to 11 points in the final minute, but Devon Walker hit a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to cut the deficit to eight.

UMES came out firing in the second half, electrifying the home crowd with a quick comeback. Mark Blackmon knocked down a jumper to give the Hawks a 42-41 advantage with 14:40 left in the game. After North Carolina A&T briefly took back the lead, UMES went on a 9-0 run with three-pointers from Devin Martin and Devon Walker to establish a 51-43 lead.



North Carolina A&T battled to the end, cutting the lead to six points at 61-55 with four minutes to play. The Hawks nailed some free throws and played stellar defense to sew up the victory, 69-58. Devin Martin finished with a career-high 27 points, including four made three-pointers and going 13-of-16 from the foul line. Martin also ripped down 12 rebounds for a double-double, his second as a Hawk.

The Hawks did a fantastic job of collapsing the Aggies' defense and then kicking out for open three-point shots. In addition to Martin's four three-pointers, Devon Walker hit four shots from beyond the arc and freshman Ryan Andino added three triples. As a team, UMES shot 40.0% from the field and 42.3% from the three-point line. The only struggles were from the foul line at 57.9% (22-of-38).

Forward Mike Myers faced double and triple teams all game, and he still managed to put up 12 points and seven rebounds. Myers also was primarily responsible for three separate Aggies fouling out, Steven Burrough, Jerome Simmons and Bryan Akinkugbe. Senior Ishaq Pitt fared well as the primary distributor, racking up six assists to go along with three steals.

The Hawks evened their conference record to 1-1 and improved to 4-7 on the season, having now won three of their last four games. Meanwhile, the Aggies extended their losing streak to now nine games, dropping to 0-2 in the MEAC.

UMES returns to its non-conference slate for six games, before getting back to MEAC play on January 12. The Hawks will wrap up the homestand with a Saturday night matchup against the Navy Midshipmen. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at W. P. Hytche Athletic Center in Princess Anne, Md.

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