UNCP Braves Topple Hawks 90-78

PEMBROKE, NC- The Chowan University men's basketball team suffered their first setback of the season on Wednesday evening in a 90-78 loss to UNC-Pembroke.  The Hawks move to 2-1 on the year while the Braves improve to 4-1. 

Jeremy Smith drained a team-high 23 points in the setback while grabbing nine rebounds (four offensive, five defensive) in the setback.  He was one of five Chowan players to record double-digit points in the loss.  Kevin Kuteyi added 14 points for the Hawks with Marco Haskins notching 13 points.  Joe Goodwin added 12 points while Carlos Arroyorecorded 10 points. 

The Braves also had five players score double digit points over the course of the competition.  Brandon Watts led the effort with 23 points while Alex Bradley and Andrew Evans both notched 12 points for UNC-Pembroke.  Nigel Grant recorded 11 points in the win with James Murray-Boyles scored 10 points. 

UNC-Pembroke jumped out a quick 5-0 lead at the start of the contest.  The Hawks fought to stay close on the Braves' heels but trailed by as many as seven points (25-18) by the 6:37 mark.  A layup by Hank Edmonds led to an 8-0 run for Chowan and handed the Hawks their first lead of the game (26-25) with 5:16 left to play.  With the score tied 28-28, a three-pointer by Evans and basket by Watts pushed the Braves ahead 1:29.  Smith answered with a layup for Chowan but a bucket by Murray-Boyles at the conclusion of the first half left Chowan trailing 35-30 at the halftime break. 

The Hawks and Braves exchanged baskets through the majority of the second half before a three-pointer by Haskins with 10:13 on the clock pushed Chowan ahead 60-53 and handed UNC-Pembroke their largest deficit of the game.   The Braves fought back to knot the score 62-62 with 8:27 left in the game before a three-pointer by Mike Smith pushed UNC-Pembroke ahead 65-62.  The Hawks fought to remain within striking distance, but were unable to overcome the shift in momentum.  Chowan trailed for the remainder of the contest before suffering the 90-78 setback.

The Hawks return to action on November 27th for a 4pm road game against Lenoir-Rhyne.