Rally stuns UMES, 88-87

N.C. A&T

February 08, 1994|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer

PRINCESS ANNE -- UMES kept blowing leads to North Carolina A&T at Tawes Arena last night until it proved decisive in overtime, 88-87.

Two free throws by junior guard Tyrone Brice with 19 seconds left in the extra period clinched it for the Aggies (9-10, 7-4) who overcame an 11-point deficit in the last 4 minutes of regulation and a five-point deficit (83-78) in overtime before the final buzzer ended this wild Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference shootout.

"We showed some tendencies of an immature team tonight," said UMES coach Rob Chavez, who saw his team's seven-game home winning streak end. "You can't give away games like this, especially on your own floor."

With nine seconds remaining, the Hawks (10-9, 6-4) still had three opportunities to pull it out. But Terrell Harris (29 points), Aaron McKinney and Andre Miller all missed shots from relatively close range.

Their last opportunity came with two seconds left after forcing a jump ball and gaining possession.

"We worked our favorite out-of-bounds play," said Chavez, who hasrevitalized UMES in less than two seasons. "We got the ball underneath the basket to Miller, but he missed."

Chavez had cautioned his team repeatedly that the Aggies were a team that was difficult to put away.

"We had a number of opportunities to nail this down," said Chavez, "and we certainly can't complain about not having enough chances to pull it out in the last seconds."

The Hawks could not shut down junior guard Phillip Allen (30 points) who led the Aggies' comeback with his uncanny long-range shooting. Allen made eight of 15 three-point shots, several from NBA range.

"We used man-to-man and zone against them, but every time Allen got a good look at the basket, he made it," said Chavez.

The Hawks seemingly had this tucked away, leading 74-63 after a barrage of three-pointers by Harris. But then Allen upstaged him.

Allen made a three-pointer to bring N.C. A&T within 78-76 with 54 seconds left. Harris missed a layup, but UMES got the ball back with seven seconds left after a turnover by junior forward John Floyd.

The Aggies stole the ball right back from Zack Allison. Allen then drove down the lane. His layup bounced off the side of the rim, but he hustled to convert the rebound just before the buzzer ended regulation, tied at 78.

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