BELL AND WOODS SCORE IN DOUBLE FIGURES, HAWKS FALL TO RICE
Nov. 20, 2011
HOUSTON, TEXAS--Sophomore Louis Bell and junior Percy Woods each tallied double figures for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team Sunday, but it would not be enough for the Hawks to defeat Rice University. Rice topped Maryland Eastern Shore 81-49 in non-conference play. Woods had his best night of the season from behind the three-point land versus Rice, hitting 4-of-5 (.800) behind the arc and shot better than .400 from the field. Woods has been consistent at the free-throw line, and continued his success making 66 percent (4-of-6) of his attempts at the line.
He has been the team's best distributor and often drives to the lane, but against Rice Woods knocked down repeated long-range shots. In his 31 minutes he added three assists and three steals. Woods posted the second highest point total for any Hawk this season, finishing with five fewer points than the 21 points Bell posted against American. Woods played equally as well against American, scoring 12 points, distributing seven assists and hitting 80 percent from the line.
Bell, the Hawks most consistent three-point threat, was 4-of-6 from behind the three-point arc in 30 minutes of play. From the field Bell was 5-of-9 (.555), and made 66 percent (4-of-6) of his three point attempts. This season Bell has made at least four three pointers, and attempting 6.25 three-point shots a game. He is the team leader in points per game with 14.0.
Tyler Hines has continued to be the most dominating presence for the Hawks on the boards. Against Rice Hines managed seven rebounds. The Hawks managed just 29 total rebounds, losing the rebounding battle 45-29. It is the programs lowest rebound total this season.
UMES allowed 38 points in the paint and 17 points off turnovers. The Hawks were able to score 13 points of its own on 12 turnovers committed by Rice. Turnovers were one area that the Hawks improved on since earlier this season. Since playing George Washington, UMES has lowered its turnovers drastically.
The Hawks were blanked when it came to scoring fast break points. In comparison, Rice posted 22 fast break points. Another area that the Hawks struggled was from the field. It hit just 34.8 percent of its first half attempts, and a season-low 25.8 percent in the second half.
Considering the consistent play of individuals, UMES is struggling to put together a consistent team game. Hines has played well on the boards, as Bell and Woods have played well from the guard position. The Hawks will have to put a team effort together when it faces Big-12 powerhouse Kansas State (Nov. 22). Kansas State has allowed just one game to come within five points (Charleston Southern) for a win. Its other two wins were of 30 and 13 points respectively.
Kansas State will be the third of six non-conference teams Maryland Eastern Shore will play during its 12-day road trip through the south and Midwestern parts of the country. On Nov. 25 UMES will compete in the Jim Thorpe Classic hosted by the University of Wyoming.