Iman Johnson (pictured) brought down a team-high six boards and had two blocks at Purdue

Dec. 17, 2013

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Junior KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) returned to his native turf to tally a game-high 23 points, but it was not enough as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team fell to the hands of Purdue, 79-50, at Mackey Arena in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPN3. With the loss, Purdue moves to 9-3, while UMES falls to 2-6. The Hawks have dropped their last four games after starting the season 2-2.

Jones’ hot hand paced the Hawks offense as he shot 5-of-11 from long range. Freshman Shane Randall (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored a career-high seven points and brought down four rebounds, while junior Issac Smith III (Chicago, Ill.) had five points. Junior Iman Johnson (Milwaukee, Wisc.) had a team-high six boards and two blocks. The Hawks were outrebounded 39-30 in the game and committed 15 turnovers. UMES shot just 34-percent from the floor in the game, but posted a season-high four blocks.

UMES opened the scoring after Jones buried a three-pointer on the second possession of the game. Following Jones’ three, Purdue would go on a 14-0 run  as the Boilermakers did not allow a Hawk point over the next six minutes of play. Following another three by Jones, Purdue used a layup by Terone Johnson to cap an 11-3 push at the 7:14 mark.

Purdue would keep a solid lead until the three-minute mark, where two free-throws gave UMES six unanswered points . Purdue ended the first half on with 11 answered points as they used a layup by Ronnie Johnson seconds before the horn to take their largest lead of the game, 37-17. The 17 first-half points were a season-low for UMES.

The Hawks scored the first four points of the second half, but Purdue would catch fire and extend their lead over the next few minutes. The Hawks used three points by Smith and a put back by senior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) to bring their deficit to 22 with 11:43 left, but the game would go on to stay in favor of the Boilermakers.

Jones continued his hot hand as he buried three consecutive three-pointers across a three-minute span to keep UMES alive, but it was as close as the Hawks would get the rest of the way. The Boilermakers proved to be too balanced and deep off the bench as they posted their ninth win of the year. Purdue will enter conference play in the Big-10 with a perfect 8-0 record at home to begin the year.

The Boilermakers were led by Terone Johnson’s 14 points and six boards. A.J. Hammons had a game-high seven boards and eight points, while Errick Peck had nine points and four rebounds. Raphael Davis and Sterling Carter combined for six assists.

UMES will play its third game in six days on Saturday, Dec. 21, when the Hawks return home to engage in action against Wilmington College at 7 p.m.

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