SEASON LOW IN FIRST HALF POINTS TROUBLES HAWKS AT LEHIGH
Jan. 4, 2012
Bethlehem, Pa. -- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team gave up 45 first half points, allowing Lehigh University to score 9-of-16 shooting from behind the three-point line, and would fall to the Patriot League leaders 82-55 Tuesday.
UMES started with a different line-up against Lehigh, but little seemed to make a difference for UMES. The Hawks 16 first half points marked its lowest total points scored in a half all season.
Akeem Anderson, making his first start of the season, posted eight points on 4-of-5 (.800) shooting from the floor. He recorded his first double digit performance with 12 points and added five rebounds for the Hawks in his 27 minutes.
Most of the Hawks offensive production has come from its guard play this year, not its post players. The Hawks post players scored 47 percent of the total points against Lehigh, while the UMES guards struggled from long-range.
The Hawks missed all eight of its attempts from behind the three-point line in the first half. It would not be until Percy Woods hit a three at 12:23 in the second half that UMES would put its first three-pointer in the books.
Woods was the only Hawk to hit a three-pointer. He finished second in points (11) while giving the Hawks a second half offensive spark that came around the time Woods scored the three-pointer.
His score and three assists after began the Hawks steady attack on the Lehigh lead. Until Woods' score Lehigh held a lead as high as 36 points. Following his three the differential would fall to 30 points in two scores for UMES. Ronald Spencer would benefit from one assist while teammate Ishaq Pitt scored on another to bring the Hawks a tad closer.
Spencer finished with nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Spencer has shown an ability to grab rebounds for the Hawks and in just his third game he leads UMES with an average of 9.7 rebounds per game.
Pitt, as he has in games prior, made his way to the lane to score. Against larger defenders Pitt has the strength to score by being physical. Pitt posted two scores within two minutes from inside the paint, showing UMES that it could score as it had in closer battled contest.
With Woods, Spencer and Pitt finding their stroke from the field, UMES would outscore Lehigh in the second half 39-37. During a five minute stretch in the second half UMES held Lehigh to score only from the free-throw line and not score once from the field.
After a tough non-conference schedule that included opponents from the Big 12, Patriot League and No. 23 nationally ranked Virginia; UMES should be more than prepared for its upcoming conference opponents beginning with Norfolk State (Jan. 7).