Nov. 27, 2010
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Hillary Haley scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Md.-Eastern Shore opened the overtime session on a 10-2 run to hand the Navy men's basketball team an 89-81 defeat at Alumni Hall on Saturday night.
The loss drops Navy's record to 2-6 overall, while UMES improved to 2-4 overall. The contest was just Navy's second home game of the year and the setback ends Navy's six-game home non-conference winning streak.
The Mids trailed 34-31 at halftime, but appeared to take control of the contest midway through the second half, using a 10-0 run over three minutes to take a 46-38 lead with 14:38 to play. Navy still led 48-40, when four straight Midshipmen turnovers fueled a 15-6 run that gave the Hawks a 55-54 lead with 8:37 to play.
"I was pleased for a lot of the game tonight. We had great energy coming out of the half. We were more assertive in the second half," said Navy head coach Billy Lange. "We had a critical time when we were ready to break it open that we turned the ball over and let them back in the game. We made a couple of bad decisions that were not timely. I am seeing some good signs and we have to put them together. It's about getting a consistent effort all the time now."
Navy would lead for the majority of the final eight minutes, but UMES went up 69-67 with just over a minute to play on a Tyler Hines tip-in. O.J. Avworo (Sr. / Houston, Texas) would tie the game at 69 with 42 seconds left and J.J. Avila (Fr. / McAllen, Texas) blocked a shot with 16 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Mids possession of the ball and a chance for the victory.
However, Navy couldn't get a shot off and the two teams went into overtime tied at 69-69. After UMES opened overtime with a three-pointer, Navy would follow with a Greg Brown (Sr. / Waldorf, Md.) lay-up, but the Mids would go scoreless for the next three minutes and UMES would surge ahead 79-71 before Navy would counter with a pair of Isaiah Roberts (Fr. / Pennsauken, N.J.) free throws. The Hawks would close out the contest making 11-of-14 free throws in the final two minutes for the eight-point victory.
"We have players that know how to win, but this team needs to learn how to win on its own," said Lange. "We had our guy open that we wanted to take the shot and we just didn't deliver the pass. UMES played phenomenal. They made a lot of tough shots. Even though we are still learning how to win, I don't want to discredit the job they did."
The Midshipmen would trail by as many as eight in the first half at 21-13 after making just two of their first 13 shots. Navy would bounce back by making 8-of-16 in the final 10 minutes and trail by just three at 34-31 at halftime.
As a team, Navy shot 42.9 percent (27-of-63) from the field and shot 31.6 percent (12-of-38) from three-point range. Navy turned the ball over 18 times to UMES' 20, but were beaten on the glass, 54-32, including 23-8 on the offensive end. Navy would give up 22 second-chance points to the Hawks.
Brown led four Navy players in double-figures with a career-high 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field and 6-of-14 from three-point range. He would also pace Navy with six rebounds in 43 minutes of action. Avworo scored a season-high 13 points with seven assists and four steals. Roberts had a career-high 12 points with five assists and four steals in 38 minutes, while Avila scored 12 points with three rebounds in 25 minutes of action.
Haley scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half and overtime session to pace the Hawks. Louis Bell had 16 points off the bench while making 5-of-7 three-pointers and Dishawn Bradshaw had 15 points.
Navy returns to the road to face Mount St. Mary's on Monday night in Emmitsburg, Md. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 pm and the game will be aired on WNAV (1430 AM) with Pete Medhurst handling the call.
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