By Taylor Rogers
PRINCESS ANNE, Md.– The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team fought desperately in the second half against Delaware State University. However, DSU defeated the Hawks 91-85 on Feb. 14.
In the second half, UMES (14-3, 7-5 MEAC) trailed by 19 points and came close to bridging the gap between the rival Hornets.
As UMES started off slow, DSU took advantage with multiple three-pointers. Within six minutes of starting, the Hornets led 13-4 thanks to point guard Kendal Williams.
The Hawks countered with their own three-point barrage; led by Devon Walker and Ryan Andino. Though each team scored seven three-pointers within the first half, DSU never released their lead.
At the end of the first half, Williams increased the Hornets lead 44-36 with four free throws.
In the beginning of the second half, Delaware State scored six straight points for a 14-point advantage. With 13:58 remaining, DSU led by 18 points at 65-47.
UMES gradually brought the Hornets' lead to single digits with 11:39 remaining.
At 58 seconds left on the clock, UMES's Devin Martin cut the lead to two points. Amere May banked home with defenders surrounding him. Although, UMES ran out of time on its comeback
With this loss, UMES will dip in the league's standings dropping from third place to tie for fifth place with South Carolina State. The Hornets rise up with 12-13 overall and 6-4 in the MEAC tournament.
UMES will go head to head with third-place team, the Howard University Bison at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at William P. Hytche Athletic Center, after the women's basketball game.