State roundup: UMES men lose to N.C. Central, 68-63
From Sun staff reports|
Dec 06, 2014 | 4:54 AM
Jordan Parks scored a game-high 20 points as the visiting North Carolina Central Eagles held off the UMES Hawks, 68-63, on Friday night in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener for both teams at Hytche Arena in Princess Anne.
North Carolina Central (5-3) is the defending MEAC champion, but the Hawks stayed close throughout. The lead swung back and forth throughout the second half, and UMES (3-7) went up 49-48 on guard Devon Walker's 3-pointer with 7:38 left.
But North Carolina Central scored the next six points, four of which came on dunks from Parks, and the Eagles never trailed again. Parks, a forward, scored 10 points in each half.
UMES cut the lead back to 58-56 on two free throws from center Mike Myers with 2:02 left, but the Eagles held off the Hawks after that.
North Carolina Central made 25 of 31 from the free-throw line, including several key ones in the final minutes.