PERCY WOODS FINISHES WITH A GAME-HIGH IN BATTLE OF THE BIRDS
March 6, 2012
Princess Anne, Md. --Percy Woods scored a game-high 17 points as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore lost to North Carolina Central 63-40 Tuesday in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Hawks scored 26 points in the first half, three fewer than the Eagles entering halftime. In the team's first match-up UMES scored just 12 points in the first half, before equaling the second half total with 34 points scored.
Tuesday night Woods opened the game with a three-pointer to give the Hawks an early lead. It was his first of two made three pointers on the night. UMES led for the first 10 minutes of the game, primarily on Woods' offensive production.
He finished the game making 5-of-9 (.556) from the field, and 50 percent from the free-throw line and beyond the three-point arc.
Tyler Hines and Ron Spencer contributed to the Hawks all-around game, scoring from the field and at the free-throw line. Hines would go of 1-of-2 at the free-throw line at the 16-minute mark to give UMES a one-point lead (4-3). Spencer would score seconds later with a lay-up in the paint to increase the UMES lead.
Hines would score just one other time in the game, but contribute on the boards. He finished with eight total rebounds, five being offensive boards.
Spencer grabbed 10 rebounds while making a field goal and going 1-of-2 (.500) at the free-throw line. Spencer and Hillary Haley each finished with 10 rebounds, and led a Hawks team that held a 40-28 rebound advantage over North Carolina Central.
Gregory Womack finished the night with 10 points, making 4-of-8 (.500) from the field. Two of his scores came from behind the three-point line. Womack scored a three pointer at 8:54 to give UMES a one-point lead before North Carolina Central scored right after to take back the lead.
With Central on ahead of the Hawks, Woods scored six points in the last four minutes of the game to close bring UMES within three points (29-26) at the end of the first half.
Central opened the second half on a 12-0 run before Woods scored the Hawks first basket at 14:11. He would end up adding another point from the free-throw line, before closing the scoring gap to nine points (45-36) when he made a three pointer at 12:07.
Woods' three-point basket brought the game to the closet point since the close of the first half. UMES continued to struggle scoring from the floor, as it saw most of its points come from the free-throw line.
After a productive first half, UMES would only score 17 points in the second half. Just four times this season has UMES scored fewer than 20 points in a half.
With the loss, the Hawks season comes to an early close. UMES had Ishaq Pitt named to the MEAC All-Rookie Team.