HAWKS OUT-REBOUND CONNECTICUT IN BATTLE WITH HUSKIES
Dec. 17, 2012
HARTFORD, Conn.--The University of Maryland Eastern Shore out-rebounded the University of Connecticut 30-26 in its Monday night contest. "I was impressed with our ability to get on the boards," said Head Coach Frankie Allen. UMES had eight more offensive boards than Connecticut. Considering the stout stance on the boards, UMES fell to Connecticut 84-50. The Hawks will look to earn its first win of the season when it travels to Ohio University December 22.
Ronald Spencer led the Hawks in the first half in points, and finished the game second with 11 points and eight rebounds. Spencer shot 50-percent from the field and free-throw line in his 30 minutes of play.
Teammate Louis Bell marked a team-high 12 points, knocking down 2-of-5 (.400) from behind the three-point arc. Bell was 4-of-10 (.400) from the floor. In his first game with the Hawks, Kevin Mays posted eight points and six rebounds in 26 minutes of play. "Kevin brought energy to the floor," said Allen. "He has skill and gives us effort."
The Hawks were down just 12 points at intermission (39-27), and played a better game than what the Huskies were likely expecting. Down 11-6 with 13:32 remaining in the first half, Mays created a turnover and pushed the ball up the court to Spencer for a fast break dunk. Spencer would score the nest basket and bring UMES within three points, its closest point differential since the opening three minutes.
Mays would score the last Hawks basket to keep UMES within six points (16-10) before the Connecticut lead would reach double digits. Spencer would again post a score minutes before halftime, and the Huskies would continue to retaliate until the horn for the end of the half sounded.
The Hawks would fall behind early on a three pointer by Ryan Boatright, and see its chances slip away in the opening five minutes of the second half. "We fell flat in the second half," said Allen.
UMES defeated Connecticut on second chance opportunities, but failed to keep the Huskies out of the paint. Connecticut won the points-in-the-paint battle 34-22, which gave credit to coach Allen's remarks.
The Hawks also had 16 turnovers, allowing the Huskies to score 25 points off of those turnovers. "We turned the ball over and allowed easy baskets," said Allen.
"Our transition defense hurt us tonight," Allen concluded. The Hawks will look to learn from Monday's contest and improve for Ohio on Saturday. Its contest with Ohio will be its final of the 2012 portion of the season, and open the 2013 year with American University January 3 in Washington, D.C.