Team basketball was the theme Saturday afternoon as the Rattlers defeated the Hawks of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore 93-60.
With the win FAMU (15-12, 9-5) moved into sole possession of second place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with four games remaining before the MEAC tournament.
Five players scored in double figures for the Rattlers who were led by junior L.C. Robinson’s outside shooting as he shot 5-8 from three-point land totaling 19 points.
Rome Sanders added 18 points, and Brian Greene had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
“L.C. was able to open up the lane by knocking down shots, which gave us the opportunity to attack their defense,” Greene said.
Coming off the bench, senior Darius Glover had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Lamar Twitty added 11 points.
FAMU outscored the Hawks in the paint 44-18 and shot 58 percent from the field.
Maryland Eastern Shore ( 3-22, 0-13) did not stand a chance as the Rattlers led by as many as 38 points in the second half.
Head coach Mike Gillespie Sr. was impressed with the victory but felt there were still some things the Rattlers needed to improve upon.
“This was one of our most important games of the season after we came up short in the A&T game,” Gillespie said. “Today we emphasized giving a great effort, not turning the ball over and playing a solid game. We are the only team that can beat ourselves.”
Sharing the basketball was evident as the Rattlers combined for 26 assists.
“That’s how the game is supposed to be played…trust your teammates to score the basketball,” Gillespie said.