HAWKS BITTEN BY RATTLERS IN MEAC LOSS
Jan. 21, 2012
Princess Anne, Md. -- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore out-rebounded Florida A&M 50-33, but with a shooting percentage just shy of 54 percent for the Rattlers would lead to UMES falling 68-63 to its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Saturday night. Three Hawks scored double figures with Tyler Hines leading the way with 17 points and 17 rebounds.
Both stats were season-highs for Hines. The senior was 6-of-11 (.545) from the field and 5-of-10 (.500) from the free-throw line. Hines' had a game-high 12 offensive rebounds.
Percy Woods had the team's second best scoring night with 12 points in 35 minutes. Woods was 5-of-6 (.833) from the free-throw line, and defensively had a game-high four steals. Saturday marked woods fourth straight double figure scoring night. He is the only player to have scored in double digits at least 12 times this season.
Ronald Spencer finished with nine points, and is second in points per game for the Hawks with an average of 10.0 PPG. Spencer has played in just six games this season, scoring a season-high 17 points versus Delaware State. He has been one of the most solid defenders for the Hawks, especially under the basket. Spencer posted 10 rebounds Saturday, and has a season average of 8.5 rebounds per game.
The Hawks had 34 total offensive rebounds, and scored 31 second-chance points compared to the Florida A&M's 18. The Hawks also scored 31 points off its bench, which 55 percent of could be contributed to Hines.
Defensively the Hawks forced the Rattlers to commit 20 turnovers with UMES finishing with 11 steals. UMES struggled from the floor, and its most consistent scorers were well below their season averages.
As a team the Hawks shot a lowly 31 percent from the floor and 59 percent at the free-throw, just shy of its average. In the last 30 seconds and down by four points, the Hawks missed three free throws. Spencer hit 1-of-2 to pull UMES within three points at 66-63.
The Hawks would commit a foul with less than 20 seconds with Reggie Lewis making one of his attempts for Florida A&M to lift the Rattlers to a four-point lead. A missed three-point attempt and two good free throws by FAMU would seal the Hawks fate ending the game on another missed three-point attempt by UMES.
UMES will return to the floor Monday, Jan. 23 to host Bethune-Cookman.