Maryland Eastern Shore made excellent use of its superior quickness to beat Navy, 82-71, yesterday at Alumni Hall.
The win stopped a two-game losing streak for UMES, which is 3-2. Navy (2-4) lost its fourth straight game.
The co-high scorers in the game were UMES' Terrell Harris, a 5-foot-11 junior from Chicago, and Dale Harrison, a 6-2 senior from Omaha, Neb. Each had 20 points.
Jim Hamilton, who was 5-for-8 from three-point range, led Navy with 17 points. He scored 15 of them in the first half.
Navy played a steady, controlled game for the first nine minutes and led 20-12. But the Flying Hawks from Princess Anne began to over whelm the Midshipmen with their quickness.
UMES led 44-37 at halftime and kept the pressure on for the final 20 minutes.
"UMES is a very confident basketball team with great quickness, which they were able to capitalize on," said Navy coach Don DeVoe. "They have very quick one-on-one players who are quick to the ball."
Whenever there was a loose ball, or a rebound, the Hawks seemed to come up with it.
Harris and Harrison were particularly effective, along with Andre Miller off the bench. Inside, the Hawks got a strong game from 6-9 Travis Griffin, from Americus, Ga. Griffin blocked five shots; Navy blocked four.
"We could be 5-0 so easily," said UMES coach Rob Chavez, who came to the school a year ago from Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore. "We could have beaten St. Peter's at our place but we let that one get away. But I feel very good about this win over Navy.
"This was our first win over an established, Division-I team with name recognition. And to beat them on the road makes it even more gratifying."
UMES made 23 of 32 free throws. Navy shot 50 percent (13 of 26) from the line.
"When you don't make your free throws you stop yourself," DeVoe said. "UMES is a very good defensive squad and we were never able to get into a rhythm, especially in the second half.
"Our kids are in the middle of exams, but give UMES credit. They played an excellent game."