WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (March 8) - The Florida A&M Men’s Basketball team dropped a heart breaker in the opening round of the 2011 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, as Maryland Eastern Shore downed the Rattlers 87-85 in double overtime, here Tuesday night at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
FAMU (12-20) was paced by Avery Moore as he nailed five three pointers in 11 attempts as he scored a team high 21 points. Larry Jackson finished with a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Jeremy Dean added 10.
UMES (9-21) had four players to finish in double figures as Kevin White scored a game high 22 points. Hillary Hailey finished with a double –double in 17 points and 10 rebounds, Lyvann Obame Obame added 12 points, while Tyler Hines pumped in 11.
In a game that got off to a slow start, it would in end in traumatic fashion as both teams combined for 13 points in the first nine minutes of the game as Tim Burns cut FAMU’s lead to 8-5 with 10:22 to go in the half.
In the remaining 10 minutes of the first half, UMES would use a 11-5 run and 10-4 run to take a 26-16 lead with 2:54 to go.
The Rattlers would close the first half with an 11-4 run as FAMU went into the break trailing the Hawks 27-30.
FAMU finished the first half shooting 41.7 percent (10-of-24) floor, while UMES shot 38.7 percent (12-of-31).
In the second half, UMES take a 42-34 lead on a Tyler Hines layup with 14:04 to go in the game.
The Rattlers would get back into the game as they were able control the offense glass in route to a 12-2 run, making the score 48-46 in favor of the Lady Hawks on a pair of made free throws by Jeremy Dean with 8:58 to go.
UMES took a 55-47 lead on a White layup with 6:25 to go in the game, capping a 7-1 run by the Hawks.
Brandon Hosley would hit a three pointer cutting UMES ‘lead to 65-64 with 1:00 remaining in the game.
Moore would drive the baseline and hit a floater with 12 second left in the game to tie the game at 66-66.
UMES’ Hines would miss a jumper as time expired, that send the game into overtime.
In the first overtime, FAMU grabbed a 74-70 lead with 58 seconds left in the game on a pair of Larry Jackson free throws.
Haley would be the hero for the Hawks as he would hit a free throw with 40 seconds left in the game, cutting the Rattlers lead to 74-71. He would then would hit a three pointer with 17 seconds left in the game tying the game at 74-74, send the game into a second overtime.
In the second overtime, UMES would take an 85-79 lead on a Haley free throw with 14 seconds left in the second overtime stanza.
Moore would hit back-to-back three pointers as the Hawks held on for an 87-85 win.
With the win UMES advances to the quarterfinal round of the tourney will face No, 2 seed Hampton University in a 9:30 p.m. start on Wednesday, March 9 at the Lawrence Joel Veteran Memorial Coliseum.
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