Mike Myers and the Hawks upset St. Bonaventure, 82-80
Dec. 22, 2014

Box Score

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team notched an impressive road victory at St. Bonaventure on Monday night, one of the best wins for the program in years. UMES (6-8) submitted a complete performance in every facet of the game to knock off the Bonnies on their home court, 82-80.

UMES raced out to a big lead in the opening twenty minutes, before holding off a second half comeback from St. Bonaventure. After a back-and-forth start to the evening, UMES opened a sizeable advantage with a 10-0 run, starting at the 16:17 mark in the first half. Devon Walker (Philadelphia, Pa.) lit it up with a 4-for-4 performance before the break, including two three-pointers. Ryan Andino (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) hit a pair of three-pointers to build a 16-point lead at 43-27 with 2:57 before halftime, the largest lead of the night. By the halftime horn, UMES led 45-33.

St. Bonaventure excited the home crowd by battling back in the second half. The Bonnies steadily crept back in the game over the first seven minutes out of the locker room. St. Bonaventure tied the game at 50-50 with a 10-0 run from 15:49 to 14:06 remaining. The Bonnies took the lead at 53-52, their first lead since 3-2 in the first half. The Hawks withstood every punch from the home team, responding at every critical juncture. Devin Martin (Baltimore, Md.) hit back-to-back three-pointers from the left corner to put UMES back in front by six at 68-62.



The game nearly turned against UMES when Mike Myers (Camden, N.J.) fouled out with four minutes to play. Myers finished the night with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting and seven rebounds. Dominique Elliott (Savannah, Ga.) stepped up in Myers’ absence, making two consecutive layups after St. Bonaventure cut the lead back down to one point. The Bonnies pulled with one point in the final minute, but Jaylen Adams’ three-point attempt fell short with seven seconds to go. Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn, N.Y.) split a pair of free throws, and then UMES forced a turnover at the buzzer to thwart the Bonnies’ last-second chance.

Five different Hawks finished in double digits, led by Myers’ 19 points. Martin netted 17 points with four three-pointers made and a perfect 5-for-5 from the foul line. Walker and Andino each tallied 12 points, while Pitt cracked double digits as well with ten. UMES shot 53.7% percent from the field, including an incredible 10-for-17 from beyond the arc. The Hawks made just enough free throws down the stretch, going 14-for-20 as a squad.

The 82 points in the win were easily the most by the Hawks this season, passing the 72 points in the victory at Fordham. The last time UMES broke the 80-point barrier in a game was the regular season finale against Delaware State last season. The Hawks have now five of their last seven games, improving to 6-8 on the season. With the victory, UMES has already matched their entire win total from a year ago.

With Monday’s result, UMES notched its second win over an A-10 school in the same season, the other being the victory at Fordham. Prior to the Fordham game, UMES had gone 45 years without a win over a current A-10 team. The victory was also the Hawks’ first win in school history against St. Bonaventure University, having lost the prior two meetings.

The Hawks will have yet another chance for a road win against an A-10 team when they face Duquesne University on Sunday, December 28. Tip-off against the Dukes is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh, Pa. Pregame coverage begins twenty minutes before tip-off on the Hawks Radio Network, powered by SFMSports.net and Fox Sports 960 AM.

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