TERPS TOP HAWKS; 100-68
Kyree Jones led all scorers with 24 points, scoring the first 11 for the Hawks.

Kyree Jones led all scorers with 24 points, scoring the first 11 for the Hawks.

Dec. 5, 2012

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Kyree Jones (Indianapolis) scored the Hawks' first 11 points on the way to a game high 24 points but it wasn't enough as the University of Maryland Terrapins shell-shocked the University of Maryland Eastern Shore 100-68 in the Comcast Center on Wednesday night.

Jones sharp-shooting gave the Hawks' their only lead, 3-2, just 26 seconds into the game. He would go on to make one contested jumper after another until Travis Trim (Oxon Hill, Md.) got a put back to cut the lead to seven, 20-13 six minutes later. Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn, N.Y.) would sink a pair of throws at the eight minute mark to cut the lead in half, 30-15. Pitt scored again just under the five minute mark but the lead was already 17, 34-17.

Maryland would push their first half lead to 19, but back-to-back jumpers by Jones and a pair of throws by Troy Snyder (Chicago) cut the lead back to 17 with 1:32 to play in the frame. Jones finished with 18 first half points on a sensational 7-12 shooting, the rest of the Hawks were just 2-27.

The Terps shot an impressive 64.3 percent from the floor, 60 percent from three and went 7 for 12 from the charity stripe for the half.

UMES settled for many long range shots in the first frame, going 4-20 from behind the arc, not contesting the Terps size in the middle. Maryland, the nation's top rebounding team entering the contest, barely won the battle of the boards in the first frame, 22-20, getting five from Snyder. Potential NBA lottery pick Alex Len played just seven minutes and did not start. He would collect three, explaining part of that difference. Maryland would go on to dominate the inside for the game, outrebounding UMES 43-34 and outscoring them in the paint, 52-18.

The Hawks entered the locker room down 49-28 and could not dig out of the 21 point hole. They got down as many 27 early in the second frame when Logan Aronhault drained a pair of three-pointers, but the hot shooting of Snyder and a steal and lay-in by Donald Williams II (Ft. Washington, Md.) would cut the lead back to 21 with 12 minutes to play.

Snyder heated up in the second half and would finish with 19 points, all but two in the second half.

"Both Kyree [Jones] and Troy [Snyder] gave us a great effort tonight, but as you can see by the numbers, Maryland's size really bothered us," said head coach Frankie Allen.

The Terps started their regular starters in the second half and outran the Hawks in the second frame. They would lead by 29 with 10 minutes to play, 75-46. UMES never quit however, getting steals and hustle plays from Trim, Snyder, Pitt and Dominique Cowell (Hampton, Va.).

Snyder, Jones and Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) continued to shoot and made some clutch shots to keep the difference close to 20. Bell would finish with 12 points.

Spencer Barks sank two free throws with 1:41 left to give the Terps a 30 point lead, 94-64. Four Connor Lipinski free throws at the end gave Maryland the century mark and the final 100-68.

The road doesn't get any easier for the Hawks as they travel to undefeated Cincinnati on December 8 at 2:00 p.m. They close out 2012 on the road, at UCONN on the 17th and at Ohio on the 22nd.

"The schedule is what it is," said Allen. "We need to get some rest, practice and get ready to play."