SMITH ELECTRIC IN HAWK DEBUT, HAWKS UPENDED BY IOWA
Nov. 14, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team fell to the hands of the University of Iowa on Thursday night as the Hawks were defeated by the Hawkeyes, 109-63, at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena before 13, 374 strong. The Hawks were unable to tame a balanced Hawkeye outfit that played well from start to finish. With the loss, UMES moves to 1-2 on the season, while Iowa goes to 3-0.
UMES opened the contest even with Iowa as a three-pointer by senior forward Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) brought the score to five all at the 17:29 minute mark. Iowa would go on an 18-2 run across the next five minutes of play to take a 23-7 lead. Following two free-throws by junior guard Issac Smith (Chicago, Ill.), Iowa would score nine unanswered points to up their lead to 23.
Junior forward Iman Johnson (Milwaukee, Wisc.) dunked after a missed shot to short the Hawk deficit with just under 10 to go, before Iowa held UMES scoreless across the next five minutes of action. Freshman guard Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) tallied six of the Hawks’ next eight points as UMES trailed the Iowa, 48-19, with just under three left in the frame.
Iowa closed the half on an 8-4 run as a jumper from Snyder from the right side fell through seconds before time elapsed.
UMES was led by Snyder, who had seven points in the first half. Johnson tied for a game-high five boards at intermission; while Baxter had six points and freshman forward Shane Randall (Philadelphia, Pa.) had two steals. The Hawkeyes shot 55-percent from the floor in the half, while making four shots from downtown and having six players score. Aaron White led all scorers with 16 points in the half as he shot 6-of-7 from the floor.
The Hawks scored twice within the first two minutes of play, but Iowa countered with 10 to move its lead to 39 points at the 15:45 mark. The strong push from Iowa continued in the second as the Hawkeyes held a substantial advantage on the glass to control play.
Smith paced the Hawks in the game with 19 points, while senior Francis Ezeiru (Enugu, Nigeria) had eight points and nine rebounds. The Hawks shot just 32-percent from the line in the game, but brought down a season-high 37 rebounds. Randall and Snyder each had two assists, while junior forward Devon Walker (Philadelphia, Pa.) buried two threes.
Iowa saw seven players notch double-digit points in the game, including White, who notched a game-high 22 points. White shot 9-for-10 from the floor and brought down three rebounds in 17 minutes. The Hawkeyes were led on the glass by Jarrod Uthoff’s 11 boards. Roy Devyn Marble posted a game-high four steals and Mike Gesell dished out a game-high seven assists. Iowa shot 52-percent altogether from the floor.
UMES looks to get back to its winning ways when the Hawks host Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.
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