University of Maryland-Eastern Shore junior Hillary Haley poured in 15 of his game-high 26 points in the second half and senior Freddie Obame Obame scored all eight of his points during a key stretch to help UMES pull away to a 73-63 win over Howard University in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game on Feb. 26 at the Hytche Athletic Center in Princess Anne, Md.

Howard (6-22 overall, 4-11 in the MEAC) jumped out to an early double-digit lead and appeared in good shape when they took a 40-32 lead to the locker room at halftime. Howard was propelled by the scoring of sophomore guard Anton Dickerson, who torched UMES for 24 of his team’s points in the first 20 minutes. Haley paced UMES with 11 points.

Howard continued sterling play for the first five minutes of the second half as sophomore forward Mike Phillips helped his team open its biggest lead at 12 at the 12:22 mark.

Then UMES began to use their bench wisely against the undermanned Howard squad, and it paid off. As Howard went cold from fatigue, Haley began to find his range from downtown while Obame Obame proved to be effective in the traditional blue-collar way with hustle plays and second-chance opportunities around the basket.

Haley capped off the UMES run with a three-point basket that gave his team a 52-49 advantage.

Howard hustled and scrambled in an attempt to stay close, but a rash of untimely turnovers and some missed shots doomed them. Howard gave up 13 points off 12 second-half turnovers while missing 15 of 22 shots from the field.

UMES (7-22 overall, 4-11 in the MEAC) sealed the win from the free throw line by scoring all 10 of their final points from the charity stripe.

Howard’s Dickerson came into the game averaging 11 points per game and, after going scoreless in a loss to Bethune-Cookman on Monday, finished with a team-high 25 points, just off his career best of 26. Phillips finished with his fifth double-double of the season (14 points, 10 rebounds) and freshman center Alphonso Leary tallied nine points and six rebounds before fouling out.

Haley was the only UMES player to reach double figures. Senior guard Kevin White finished with nine points and seven assists.

Howard will see its next action on March 3 in a home game against Hampton University.


Ed Hill Jr.

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