LACK OF CONSISTENCY RUFFLES HAWKS FEATHERS AGAINST SOUTH FLORIDA
Nov. 16, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. --The University of Maryland Eastern Shore opened the University of South Florida Invitational with a 6-0 advantage, and trailed by 11 points at intermission. UMES would fall to USF 78-59. Ronald Spencer notched a team-high 14 points for the Hawks.
"We needed to play better," said head coach Frankie Allen. "We lacked consistency offensively, and needed more production." UMES jumped to an early 6-0 lead following three point baskets by Troy Snyder and Kyree Jones. Snyder would score just four points in the first half, and contribute three rebounds, a block and steal. The three pointer by Jones was his only score of the half.
Snyder finished the night with 12 points on 4-of-8 (.500) shooting, and making two three pointers for the Hawks. He and Spencer tied with a team-high of seven rebounds. A strong opening by UMES seemed to give a glimpse of hope in the early minutes of the game, but things changed in USF's favor with 16:34 remaining in the first half.
A missed field goal by Olatunji Kosile opened the door for the Bulls to take a one-point advantage. USF would convert its next basket, take the lead by two points and never look back. "USF is a strong team, but we gave up too much [defensively]," said Allen of the Hawks ability to slow the Bulls offense.
UMES stayed within a single-digit deficit for more than 15 minutes, fighting back to trail by just six points (27-21) after a Spencer jumper. A possession prior, Spencer converted both of his free throws for the night.
Two turnovers by the Hawks gave way for the Bulls to return to a double-digit, 11-point (32-21) advantage with less than 1:45 in the first half. UMES allowed 15 points off turnovers in the first half, but just four points in the second half.
Snyder would sink his second three pointer of the game at 18:13 in the second half, which would also be the last time UMES would be within a single-digit deficit (36-28) for the remainder of the game.
He would score from inside the paint four minutes later, with Spencer posting a bevy of points from inside the paint moments later. The two teams were drastically different in points scored in the paint.
USF held a 42-20 points in the paint advantage in the game, while Spencer scored 14 points from close range for UMES.
Jones would convert two free throws with 8:54 in the game, and well within striking distance of the Bulls lead. The Hawks were stellar from the charity stripe, making 19-of-22 (86.4 percent) of its attempts.
With time ticking away, UMES struggled to score from outside of 17-feet, while USF managed to convert shots into points from inside and outside of the paint.
The Hawks won at the free-throw line, but got out-rebounded 45-33, and making just 32.7 percent from the field. UMES managed to shoot better in the second half, while also scoring just eight fewer points (44-36), but overall the Hawks gave up too many points late in the game that lead to a greater deficit.
UMES will continue to look for its first win of the season heading into day two of the USF Invitational, when the Hawks take on Western Michigan at 5:00 p.m. in the USF Sun Dome.