HAWKS BATTLE OKLAHOMA FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR
Jan. 2, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. - For the third straight year, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team travels to Norman, Okla. to take on the University of Oklahoma Sooners. Game time is set for 8 p.m. ET Monday at the Lloyd Noble Center.
With this game, UMES (3-9) closes the non-conference portion of their schedule with a second straight game against a Big 12 opponent. Last Wednesday, the Hawks fell to Colorado, 92-65, in Boulder. Redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) scored a team-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor. Senior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added in 12 points while junior Dishawn Bradshaw (Baltimore, Md.) had 11 of his own. The game marks the third consecutive double-figure scoring effort by both Bradshaw and Haley.
UMES is led in scoring by Haley, with an average of 14.3 points per contest. Bradshaw is second on the team with 12.9 per. Junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) marks an average of 6.5 rebounds per game while Bob Cousy Award candidate Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) dishes out an average of 4.5 assists for the Hawks.
The Sooners (7-6) eked out a 76-73 win over Central Arkansas at home on Thursday. Freshman Cameron Clark scored a game-high 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Oklahoma limped through a five-game losing streak between Nov. 22 and Dec. 5 (Kentucky, Virginia, Chaminade, Arkansas and Arizona). They rank last in the Big 12 in scoring with an average of 68.5 points per contest.
OU has three players averaging double figures this season and are led by sophomore Andrew Fitzgerald, a Baltimore, Md. native, with 13.8 points per contest. The team's lone senior, Cade Davis, averages 13.3 points per while sophomore Steven Pledger puts up 11.3 points per.
The Sooners hold a 2-0 series lead over UMES and most recently defeated them, 88-54, on Jan. 4, 2010 at the Lloyd Noble Center. During the 2008-09 season, the Hawks fell, 100-64, to OU in Norman.
Monday's matchup will be broadcast live on the Hawks Radio Network at 95.9 The Sports Animal and on the Internet at UMESHawks.com thanks to allinbroadcasting.com. Bret Lasky has the call for UMES while Dave Vatz hosts the studio show. The game will also be broadcast on the Sooners' web site, soonersports.com/allaccess, for a fee and on ESPN Full Court.
CENTURY MARK FOR FIRST TIME: On Dec. 21 against Washington College, UMES scored over 100 points for the first time since the 2000-01 season when they scored 102 against Albany in a 3OT game. The last time the Hawks scored 100 in regulation before last week was during the 1996-97 season when they scored 112 against Centenary.
THREE-GAME STRETCH FOR HINES: For the first time in his career (70 games), Tyler Hines scored in double figures in three straight games. He scored 11 against Evansville, 13 against Pittsburgh and 14 against Washington College. The streak came to an end against Colorado when he scored just six points.
166 STRAIGHT: The Hawks have hit at least one 3-point field goal in at least 166 straight games dating back to the 2004-05 season.
ELEVEN OF TWELVE: Dishawn Bradshaw has hit at least one three pointer in eleven of the twelve games this season. Bradshaw leads the Hawks with 25 made three-pointers.
OFFENSE IMPROVING UNDER ALLEN: This year's Hawks have produced the best scoring average in the three years under head coach Frankie Allen. UMES is third in the conference, scoring 69.0 points per game. Only S.C. State (70.3) and N.C. A&T (69.3) are scoring more per game than UMES. In 2008-09 (Allen's first year), the Hawks averaged 58.6 points per game. In 2009-10, UMES averaged 60.8 points per game. Since the 2002-03 season, the Hawks have averaged over 65.0 points per game.
LEADING SCORER: Hillary Haley has led the Hawks in scoring in each of the last three games. He has paced the Hawks in six of the 12 games.
13 FREE THROWS FOR HALEY: Hillary Haley went 13-of-15 from the free throw line on Dec. 21 vs. Washington College. The 13 made free throws were the most since Feb. 2, 2008 when Ed Tyson hit 13 against Morgan State.
FOURTH IN CONFERENCE: Tyler Hines ranks fourth in the MEAC in offensive rebounds per game (3.1). Thomas Coleman of N.C. A&T leads the league with 4.4 offensive rebounds a contest. Hines leads the Hawks with 34 offensive rebounds. Hines ranks ninth overall in the MEAC in rebounding (6.5).
ROAD ISSUES: The Hawks are 1-7 away from the Hytche Athletic Center this season and 7-35 on the road over the last three years under head coach Frankie Allen.
SHARE THE ROCK AND WIN: UMES leads the MEAC in assists per game at 13.3. The Hawks dished out 19 assists against Washington College, their second highest total of the season. The Hawks recorded a season high 20 assists against Navy on Nov. 27. UMES is 3-0 when they have more assists than their opponent and 0-9 when they have fewer assists than the opponent. The Hawks have dished out 160 assists while their opponents have handed out 221.
THREE OF FOUR FOR KEVIN: UMES point guard Kevin White has scored in double figures in three of the last four games. White scored 11 vs. Evansville, 11 vs. Washington College and 12 vs. Colorado. White scored eight of his 12 in the second half against CU.
SHARING THE MINUTES: Nine UMES players are averaging over 10 minutes per contest through 12 games. Seven of the nine are averaging more than 15 minutes per game.
DAYS ON THE ROAD: Since Dec. 4 when the Hawks made the short ride to play Delaware State, the Hawks have spent 14 full or partial days away from Princess Anne.
BURNS A STARTER, AGAIN: Tim Burns started four of the first five games of the year. Then, he received limited minutes in the next four games off the bench. Burns returned to the starting lineup on against Pitt for the first time since the NIU game (Nov. 24). Only Kevin White and Dishawn Bradshaw have started all twelve games.
SECOND IN FT PERCENTAGE: Hillary Haley ranks second in the MEAC in free throw percentage (83.6). Darnell Porter of South Carolina State leads the conference at 85.7. Kevin White is eighth in the conference while Dishawn Bradshaw is 12th in the league.
DOUBLE-DIGIT 3'S: For a second time this season, UMES buried double-digit 3-pointers against Pitt. The Hawks hit ten against the Panthers. They hit a season high 12 against Navy. UMES is averaging 5.7 3-pointers per night.
15TH IN NCAA: Tyler Hines leads the MEAC and ranks 15th in the nation in field goal percentage (62.9). Hines is 39-of-62 from the floor. He is 16-of-23 (69.5%) in his last three games.
TIED FOR FOURTH: Dishawn Bradshaw is tied for fourth in MEAC with 25 made 3-pointers. Casey Walker of Delaware State leads the conference with 29 made 3-pointers.
BEST 1-2 PUNCH?: Hillary Haley and Dishawn Bradshaw may be the best 1-2 punch in the MEAC. The duo is averaging 27.2 points per game, fifth best duo in the league. Darrion Pellum and Charles Funches of Hampton are averaging 30.6 per night, Dwayne Jackson and Kevin Thompson of Morgan State are scoring 29.3 per game, Rob Hampton and Kyle O'Quinn of Norfolk State are averaging 28.6 per night and Thomas Coleman and Nic Simpson of N.C. A&T are averaging 28.1 a night.
COACHES CORNER RADIO SHOW: The next live radio show from Peaky's Pub will be on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. The show also airs on WGOP 540 AM and 100.7 FM.