PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Sixteen minutes were left in the game and the Hawks were down 20. UMES put on a show and came back to beat Howard 87-73.
More than 4,000 in the William P. Hytche Center were silent for most of the game but led by senior Troy Snyder (Chicago) who posted career highs in points (34) and assists (5).
The 20-point comeback was the largest for the Hawks since 2005. At the half Howard held an 11-point lead, early in the second the Bison increased that lead to 20.
In a seven-minute span the Hawks went on a 19-5 run. The Hytche center exploded. 40 years after the only UMES Basketball team to participate in the N.I.T, this generation of Hawks showed true toughness and resiliency with their backs against the wall.
The full court press, and sharp shooting late by the Hawks proved to be too much for the Bison.
Snyder hit a 3 that gave UMES it's first lead in nearly 25 minutes. They closed the game scoring 20 of the final 27 points. Freshman Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia) added 22 points, and senior Louis Bell notched 15 points.