HAWKS RALLY TO DEFEAT SALISBURY IN EXHIBITION PLAY
Nov. 5, 2012
Princess Anne, Md. --Donald Williams finished with a University of Maryland Eastern Shore team-high 18 points Monday night. Williams and three other Hawks each posted double figures in a 76-66 win over Salisbury University in the Hawks exhibition home-opener. In front of a crowd of 3,002, UMES head coach Frankie Allen said, "This was a good game with Salisbury, and something we will look to continue."
Williams shot 7-of-14 from the floor, making 3-of-8 (.375) from behind the three-point line. Teammates Troy Snyder, Kyree Jones and Louis Bell each posted double figures. Snyder finished with 14 points on 6-of-9 (.667) shooting from the field. He made 50 percent (2-of-4) of his three-point attempts, and a rebound short of a double-double performance.
Jones and Bell finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Bell opened the game with a three-point basket for the Hawks. His night was productive, making 4-of-7 (.571) from the field. Bell was also 3-of-6 from the three-point line.
Starting as the Hawks' point guard, Jones scored on 4-of-11 (.363) shooting from the field, and would also make both of his free-throw attempts for the night.
Bell began a Hawks run with 14:00 minutes remaining in the first half with a lay-up to lift UMES to 18-13. A three pointer by Snyder would begin a 3-0 run that would later become a 7-0 run by 12:29. Salisbury would keep the remainder of the game within single digits until the last 36 seconds of the second half.
UMES would quickly begin losing offensive ground at 10:45 in the first half, allowing Salisbury to ease back into the game point-by-point. A steal by Dominique Cowell, and eventual converted free-throw would give UMES its last significant point advantage (+8) before halftime.
Coach Allen said of Cowell, "He pressured the ball well which allowed for us to do some things we wanted on defense." Cowell would finish the night with five assists and two steals for the Hawks. UMES would go into intermission with a one-point (37-36) advantage. "Salisbury is a good and tough team," said Allen. "They [Salisbury] were scrappy, and really gave us a good game," Allen continued.
Although UMES held the lead for the majority of the game, Salisbury did tie twice in the contest. A good jumper by Jones at 18:32 in the second half would begin the Hawks steady separation from the Seagulls.
Salisbury would cut the lead to within one-point at 10:04 before Ronald Spencer, Snyder and Williams would eventually lift the lead to 66-54 at 5:37. Spencer would finish with a team-high 10 rebounds. Snyder scored twice from close range, while Williams II contributed six points from three-point range.
Snyder and Williams II would connect on a fast break at 1:06 to lift UMES to an 11-point (74-63) advantage. Williams II put the ball down for a dunk, crediting the assist to Snyder.
Newcomer Francis Ezeiru for UMES would cap the Hawks night with a dunk of his own.
UMES will travel to Hawaii for the Outrigger Hotel and Resorts Tournament beginning Friday, November 9. Broadcast and game information can be found on the athletics website at www.UMESHawks.com.