HILLARY HALEY FINISHES WITH GAME-HIGH IN HAWKS WIN
Feb. 4, 2012
Princess Anne, Md. -- Hillary Haley led all scorers with 21 points while three other University of Maryland Eastern Shore players finished with double digits. Haley helped lead UMES to a 78-65 win over Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Howard Saturday evening in the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center.
UMES had its best night shooting from the floor this season. The Hawks averaged 54-percent (25-of-46) shooting for the game, a season-high for UMES. Its 16-of-27 (.593) shooting in the second half is a seasons best for a half or game. Of players having taken at least eight attempts, Haley was the leader for the Hawks.
Haley was 8-of-15 (.533) from the field including two made three pointers. From the free-throw line he was perfect making all three attempts. He hit both three-point shots within five minutes of the second half. Haley's first three helped give UMES a five-point separation (31-26) from the Bison. His second three-point shot gave the Hawks its largest lead of the night at 19 points (55-36) at the 11:09 mark in the second half.
Teammates Tyler Hines and Percy Woods each finished with 16 points for the Hawks. The pair was almost identical statistically. Hines made 6-of-7 (.857) from the field and 4-of-5 (.800) at the free-throw line. He finished in the top three in rebounding for the Hawks with five rebounds.
Woods increased his season average Saturday to 10.6 points per game while posting a season average of 36.4 percent shooting from the field. Against Howard Woods made 5-of-6 (.833) from the field and was 2-for-2 from behind the three-point line. At the free-throw line he was 4-of-6 (.667).
Woods and Hines had a string of plays in the second half including a dunk by Woods and fast-break reverse lay-up by Hines that revved up the Hawks momentum. Ronald Spencer was another Hawk that converted consistent shots to increase the UMES advantage.
Spencer was a rebound short of a double-double for the Hawks. Spencer finished with 13 points and nine rebounds on 5-of-9 (.556) shooting from the field. He made five free throws, and five of his rebounds were offensive, a game-high. Spencer and Olatunji Kosile each had three blocks.
Mark Robertson converted two free game-changing throws for UMES.
With the Hawks trailing much of the first half and by as much as seven points, Robertson converted his first free-throw with 38-seconds remaining in the period to tie the game 25-all. He would convert his second attempt to give UMES the lead.
Robertson has the third best free-throw percentage (.706) having made 12-of-17 attempts this season. As a team, UMES made 72.7 percent of its free throws, a season's best. His four rebounds added to the teams total and rebounding battle victory.
UMES won the battle of the boards 34-30, capturing 24 defensive rebounds which allowed Howard to score just nine second chance points. The Hawks are averaging 35 rebounds per game this season.
The Hawks will return to the court to host Norfolk State University (Feb. 6). UMES dropped a six-point decision to the Spartans earlier in the season and will look for its chance to knock off the MEAC leading Spartans at 7:30 PM.