TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Feb. 12) - Antonia Bennett scored 17 first half points and became a member of the Lady Rattler 1,000 point club as the Lady Rattlers handed Maryland Eastern Shore an 81-58 loss, here Saturday afternoon at the Alfred Lawson Center.
FAMU (12-11, 7-4 MEA) had a pair of Lady Rattlers to score 20-plus points as Bennett finished with a game high 25 points to lead all scorers. Tameka McKelton dropped in 21 points followed by Shekeira Copeland with 14 points from off the bench, while Jasmine Grice added 10. Bennett led the Lady Rattlers on the boards with 10 rebounds.
UMES (8-16, 5-6 MEAC) was led by Chelsea Sanders with a team high 15 points, while both Casey Morton and Bria Jackson finished with 10 points each.
Bennett scored her 1,000th point of her career on a three pointer with 9:47 to go in the first half to give the Lady Rattlers a 15-8 lead.
McKelton gave FAMU a 26-12 lead on a field goal with 5:47 to go in the first.
UMES would go on a 7-4 run capped off by a Amber Cook put back with seven seconds left in the half to cut’s FAMU lead to 34-25 at the break.
The Lady Rattlers finished the first half shooting 50.0 percent (14-of-28) from floor, whereas the Lady Hawks shot 29.6 percent (8-of-27).
In the second half, FAMU would take a 45-33 lead on a pair Copeland free throws with 16:15 to go in the game.
The Lady Rattlers would then extend their lead to 72-50 on a McKelton three pointer with 4:01 left.
Andreya Lacy would score FAMU’s final basket of the game with 36 seconds to for the 81-58 final.
FAMU will return to action on Monday, February 14 as they will host Delaware State in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup at the Alfred Lawson Center at 5:30 p.m.
RATTLERS CLIPS UMES, 63-55
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Feb. 12) - The Florida A&M Men’s Basketball Team made 13 free throws in the last two minutes of the game as they pulled out a 63-55 win over Maryland Eastern Shore, here Saturday night at the Alfred Lawson Center.
FAMU (10-14, 5-6 MEAC) was paced by Larry Jackson as he scored a game high 18 points and nine rebounds. Avery Moore finished with 17 points as he went five-of- ten from behind the three point line, followed by Brandon Hosley with 11. Yannick Crowder led the Rattlers on the boards with a team high 10 rebounds.
UMES (6-18. 3-8 MEAC) was led by Kevin White with a team high 13 points followed by Lyvann Obame Obame with 10. Tyler Hines led the Hawks in rebounding with a game high 15 boards.
Dishawn Bradshaw tied the game at 14-14 for UMES as he scored on a layup with 8:59 to go in the first.
Moore would give the Rattlers a 23-16 lead as he connected on a three pointer with 4:24 to go in the half, capping a 9-2 run by FAMU.
FAMU would take a 29-26 lead into the break as UMES closed the first half with a 12-6 run on a pair of Kevin White free throws with four seconds left in the half.
The Rattlers finished the first half shooting 33.3 percent (9-of-27) from the floor, whereas the Hawks shot 26.9 percent (7-of-26).
In the second half, FAMU would take a 35-28 lead on Moore three pointer with 19:09 to go in the game.
UMES would then reel off seven straight points as they tied the game at 35-35 on a White jumper with 14:56 left in the game.
Two possessions later the Rattlers would tie the game at 39-39 on Jackson made free throw with 13:00 minutes to go in the game.
FAMU would tie the game once more at 43-43 on Crowder put back at the 10-38 mark.
Hilliary Haley would give the Hawks a 50-48 lead as he connected on a three pointer with 4:45 to go in the game.
Jackson would tie the game at 52-52 for the Rattlers as he connected on a free throw with 1:31 to go in the game.
The FAMU defensive pressure would tighten up as they recorded three steals in the final 90 seconds of play and to hang on for the 63-55 final.
FAMU will return to action on Monday, February 14 as they will host Delaware State at the Lawson Center in a 7:30 p.m. start.