HONOLULU — Arkansas-Pine Bluff refused to leave Hawaii without a victory.
Lazabian Jackson connected on 7 of 11 field goals, including 3 of 4 from three-point range, and finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Golden Lions to their first win of the season, 62-52 over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Monday night in the Rainbow Classic. UAPB finished its three-game stay in the season-opening Classic 1-2.
The Lions took the lead for good at 10-8 on a three-point basket by Mitchell Anderson with 12:12 left in the first half. They built a 26-19 lead at halftime and held their biggest lead at 47-29 with 11:14 left.
UMES (0-3) slowly crawled back to within single digits as the half wore on. The Hawks scored eight straight to pull within 54-48 with 1:49 left, but Davon Haynes drained a jumpshot 21 seconds later to snap the rally.
UMES drew back to within six points two more times before Jackson and Terrell Kennedy hit four straight free throws to put the game away.
Kennedy scored 15 points and Haynes had 13 points and five rebounds for UAPB. Hammond added eight points while Anderson was held to three.
Kyree Jones scored 21 points and pulled down six boards to lead UMES. Troy Snyder followed up with eight points and nine boards, while Ronald Spencer had 14 rebounds to go with six points.
UAPB rebounded from a poor shooting night in Sunday’s loss to Hawaii by hitting 23 of 52 field-goal attempts for 44.2 percent, including 7 of 15 from the arc for 46.7 percent. The Lions continued to struggle in free-throw shooting, making only 9 of 16 for 56.3 percent.
UMES did not shoot well at all from the field, going 14 for 61 for 23 percent, including 5 of 33 from the perimeter. The Hawks made 19 of 24 free throws for 79.2 percent.
The Lions’ next game is Nov. 21 at San Diego State. That will start a four-game swing out West, with contests at Washington State on Nov. 24, Arizona State on Nov. 28 and Oregon on Dec. 1.