THREE HAWKS FINISH WITH DOUBLE FIGURES VERSUS WESTERN MICHIGAN
Nov. 18, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. --Troy Snyder finished with a team-high 12 points for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Saturday night. UMES lost its second game of the University of South Florida Invitational to Western Michigan University 68-51. Snyder's teammates Ronald Spencer and Kyree Jones scored 11 points each.
Snyder pulled the Hawks within three points with 15:53 remaining in the first half. Teammate Jones hit a three-pointer of his own for the Hawks to trail 13-12. Snyder and Jones hit three total three pointers for the game.
With 14:26 in the first half, the Hawks coaches emphasized the need to attack the boards. UMES had just two rebounds at the under 16-minute media timeout, while Western Michigan had five offensively.
"We played a closer game than the score indicated," said head coach Frankie Allen in his post-game interview. UMES trailed by just three points up until 2:13 remained in the first half. Spencer would convert two free throws out of the media timeout to trail 26-23. The Hawks would not score another basket leading up until intermission, but give up four points to the Broncos.
The Hawks struggled with keeping Western Michigan out of the paint, losing the inside scoring battle 20-4. However, UMES did score more points off of Western Michigan's four first-half turnovers, and had double the second chance points.
UMES allowed 44 points to be scored in the paint for the game, but maintained control of points off turnovers and second chance opportunities on the game.
Snyder opened the second half with two made free throws, followed by a three pointer by Donald Williams II. UMES maintained to stay within single digits until a Hawk foul and turnover with 11:15 remaining in the game led to a Western Michigan score. "We had a few bad possessions tonight that hurt us," said Coach Allen.
The Hawks cut it back to an eight-point deficit (45-37) before seeing the Broncos take further control of the game. UMES found itself struggling to convert shots into points as the game went on. The Hawks shot 35 percent for the game.
Spencer would post six of the Hawks eight points in the last 2:30, briefly cutting into a Western Michigan controlled game. UMES returns to the court Sunday, Nov. 18 at noon to face Loyola University-Chicago on the last day of the USF Invitational.