PRINCESS ANNE, Md.– It may have taken four prior attempts but the Hawks of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore got their first win of the 2015-16 campaign and with it gave their coach, Bobby Collins, his 200th career win. UMES avenged last season’s road loss to Saint Francis (PA) with a 70-57 senior led effort.
The Hawks may have a young team, but senior leadership stepped up tonight as pre-season All-MEAC selections Dominique Elliott and Devin Martin combined for more than half of the teams points, netting 39 in all, 21 from Elliott and 18 from Martin.
UMES went big in the starting lineup, Joshu’a Warren and Bakari Copeland both added eight points each and 11 combined boards.
Bethune-Cookman falls to Sam Houston State
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Bethune-Cookman is leaving Las Vegas winless after falling 71-46 to Sam Houston State Friday afternoon in its final game at the Continental Tires Las Vegas Invitational.
Aurimas Majauskas scored 20 points as the Bearkats (2-3) pulled away from a 45-43 game midway through the second half as the Wildcats (2-4) could manage just three free throws in the final 13:47.
Jordan Potts lead the Wildcats with 13 points, 11of those coming in the opening seven minutes of the second half.
Marquel Ingram gave B-CU its only lead on a jumper with 15:05 left in the first half that made it 9-7. The Bearkats scored the next seven points and led by as many as seven before a 12-6 Wildcat run cut it to 25-24 on two Mario Moody free throws with 4:25 left.
Ingram finished with nine points, LaRon Smith had seven points, six blocks and five rebounds.
NCCU Dropped by Louisiana Tech
RUSTON, La. – North Carolina Central University rallied to take the lead at the end of the first half, but an 11-0 run from Louisiana Tech to start the second half made the difference as the Eagles fell, 71-50 on Friday, Nov. 27.
Dante Holmes was again a catalyst for the Eagles as he hit the three-pointer to move NCCU in front. Holmes scored seven points in each half to lead NCCU with 14 points and nine rebounds in the game.
A key factor allowing NCCU (1-4) to take the lead was its spectacular free-throw shooting in the first half as the Eagles made all 12 of their attempts.
The second half was a different story as LA Tech (5-0) exploded to an 11-0 run from the onset of the period, and held a tight grip to the lead for the rest of the game.
Second Half Woes Door Hornets in Loss to Fresno State
FRESNO, Calif.—Fresno State used a 16-0 second half run to break open a close game in an 80-59 win over Delaware State at the Save Mart Center this evening.
Delaware State was step-for-step with the Bulldogs (5-0) throughout much of the first half.
Delaware State answered with a 14-5 run to pull ahead. The rally began with a three-point play by DeVaughn Mallory (five points) and ended with a basket by Malik Carter (seven points) to give the Hornets a 21-19 lead with 8:54 left in the first half. Aric Dickerson hit his third three-point shot of the half to give the Hornets their final lead, 29-27, with 5:25 to go before the break.
Fresno State outscored DSU 40-25 in the second half. The Hornets hit just seven-of-30 second half shots (23.3%) and were outrebounded 30-16 after intermission.
Dickerson and Kavon Waller came off the bench to lead Delaware State with 10 points each. Waller also tied for the team lead with five rebounds.
Delaware State fell to 0-6 this season.