By Taylor Rogers
DOVER, Del. – Delaware State University fell short in the second half of the men's basketball game against the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a 69-65 final score.
This makes two straight and three of the Hornets last four games to fall to 13-16 overall and 7-7 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
UMES won their third in a row to jump to 17-13 and 10-5. The Hawks were picked eleventh in the preseason MEAC poll and entered the game as third in the league.
Michael Myers led UMES in double-figures with 20 points. Myers was six-for-eight from the field and eight-of-10 at the free throw line. Also, Devin Martin recorded a double-double, tallying 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Amere May led the Hornets with the game's highest individual score of 26 points. May, the MEAC's leading scorer this season, has passed the 20-point mark in each of the last six games. May has tallied 165 points from all of those contests (27.5 ppg). May has also acheived double-figure scoring in each of the last 19 games for the Hawks.
May had 16 first-half points with four three-point field goals.
Hornet's center Kendall Gray had 11 rebounds and eight blocks, tying the school record for the fourth time. Gray has had 79 blocks this season, two shy of his school record 81 during the 2013-2014 season.
In the first 20 minutes, Kendall Williams tallied 13 points and three three-pointers.
DSU and UMES each shot 51.6 percent in the first half and the Hornets trailed 41-40 at the break. In the first half, there were eight ties and 14 lead changes.
Tyshawn Bell capped a 14-4 run with two free throws for the Hornets. Leading a 56-51 lead with 8:52 left in the contest. Bell was second on the Hornets with 17 points to surpass the 1,100-point mark for DSU (1,107).
UMES scored the next nine points to regain the lead. May knocked down one of Bell's attempted three-pointers, while Travis Trim gained a 60-56 lead for the Hawks at the 6:04 mark in the second half.
With the 12th tie in the game, 61-61, Devin Martin achieved a three-pointer with 2:23 left to give UMES the final lead.
DSU missed the following three shots and Devon Walker hit two free throws with 33 seconds remaining putting the Hawks 66-61.
The Hornets hit 12 three-pointers in the game (12-26) compared to the Hawks (3-16).
DSU plays its final home game for the season against Hampton on March 2. The senior day contest is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.