HAWKS SHOW NO MERCY IN WIN OVER MAVERICKS
Dec. 10, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- Four University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball players tallied double figures in the Hawks 95-69 win over Mercy College Saturday. Ishaq Pitt had a game-high 18 points shooting an impressive 75 percent (6-of-8) from the field. Percy Woods marked his first double-double of the season with a 16-point 10-assist performance.
Pitt, a freshman, scored 12 of his 18 points from inside the paint. He has consistently been a physical guard this season, making many of his points from within the lane. Due to his strong play near the rim he often is sent to the free-throw line. Pitt had the second best free-throw percentage of the game making 6-of-7 (.750) at the charity stripe.
Two of Pitt's free throws gave the Hawks a 10-point (27-17) lead with 8:14 remaining in the first half. Following his free throws, Mercy made a slight cut into the lead, but a three pointer by Woods put UMES up by 12 points.
Woods was 4-of-6 (.667) from behind the three-point arc. He was 6-of-11 (.545) from the field and dished out his first double figure assist performance. One of Woods assists came during a run late in the first half to give UMES its second highest lead of that period. Woods dished the ball to Hillary Haley at 2:07 in the lane for a good lay-up. Haley's score gave the Hawks a 21-point lead (48-27) late in the first half.
Haley had 17 points for the Hawks in his 30 minutes of play. He knocked down five shots from the field and was a team-best 7-of-9 (.778) at the free-throw line. With the crowd roaring behind the Hawks, Haley received a pass from Woods who stole the ball from a Mercy guard, and rushed down the court to dunk on a Maverick defender. Haley completed the dunk and received a foul on the play.
Louis Bell was the fourth Hawk to score double figures, finishing with 14 points in 25 minutes of play. Bell was 4-of-8 (.500) from behind the three-point line, and hit a three-pointer early in the first half to give the Hawks its first double digit lead of the day.
Bell scored back-to-back three pointers for the Hawks in less than a minute. His scores with 4:39 and 3:25 remaining in the first gave UMES a handsome advantage and one of the Hawks largest leads of the day.
Considering being outrebounded 40-37, the Hawks managed to score 37 points off of Mercy's 30 turnovers. UMES had 18 steals and scored 12 fast-break points. The Mercy bench outscored UMES 34-32, but the Hawks managed to score 20 more points in the lane (44-24).
Saturday's game was the Hawks last game in the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center for 2011. UMES will be on the road for its next two games, first traveling to Air Force (Dec. 17) before making a slightly closer trip to the University of Virginia (Dec. 27).