HAWKS OFFENSE STRUGGLES IN TOUGH MEAC MATCH-UP
Jan. 28, 2012
Princess Anne, Md. -- Percy Woods scored a team-high 16 points for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Saturday night, but the Hawks would struggle against North Carolina A&T. The Aggies would defeat UMES 91-66 to improve to 5-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Just two players scored double figures Saturday, Woods being the first, while Mark Robertson contributed 11 points. Every Hawk scored at least two points, but not enough scored to keep the game close.
Woods was 42 percent (5-of-12) from the floor, making three from behind the three-point arc, and perfect at the free-throw line. He would also finish with four assists. Woods would not hit his first points until 8:53 remained in the first half with UMES trailing by 18 points.
The Hawks did not start the game shooting well, making just 28 percent of its shots from the floor. UMES tied the score just once and that was at the 19:14 mark in the first half, and slowly fell further behind the Aggies. At 16:16 UMES trailed 11-4, and from that point A&T continued to increase its distance until Woods made a slight dent in the Aggies lead.
The points that UMES posted were mostly at the free-throw line, where it shot 74 percent (14-of-19), and a season best when attempting at least 15 free throws.
Opening the second half was more the Hawks game that it needed in the first half. UMES made 40 percent of its attempts. Its other area of improvement came from beating the Aggies on the offensive boards.
The Hawks held a 14-10 advantage over the Aggies in offensive rebounds with Ronald Spencer grabbing three. Due to more possessions UMES held a slight advantage in second chance opportunities.
UMES would trail by as much as 33 points in the second half, and it would not be until Robertson made one of his three pointers that the lead would begin to shrink. Robertson made his contribution from the Hawks bench, but was sound offensively and defensively.
Robertson went 4-of-9 (.444) from the field hitting three from behind the arc. He would even give UMES a bit of fast break excitement scoring on a reverse lay-up to elude an Aggie defender.
UMES struggled tonight, more than it has in recent contest. It will have a day to regroup and be better prepared for North Carolina Central (Jan. 30), when it can hopefully notch a MEAC win before returning to Princess Anne.