HAWKS CONTINUE ROADTRIP WITH BOUT AT MISSISSIPPI STATE ON THURSDAY
KyRee Jones (pictured) has scored atleast 15 points in six games so far this year

KyRee Jones (pictured) has scored atleast 15 points in six games so far this year

Jan. 2, 2014

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STARKVILLE, Miss. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball will continue its four-game roadtrip on Thursday as the Hawks are set to take on Mississippi State at 7 p.m (CT). The game is the second one on UMES' southern swing, where the men will conclude the trip with two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference games. The matchup against the Bulldogs marks the first time that UMES has played an SEC school in over a decade.

UMES (2-9) has lost seven in a row after beginning the season 2-2. The men will look to build off of their second-half performance against Virginia Tech as the team shot 51-percent from the floor and allowed just one turnover in the final 20 minutes of action. UMES outscored VT, 43-36, in the second period.

The Hawks have been paced all year by junior guard KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.), who is averaging 16.4 ppg and is shooting 84-percent from the foul line.  Senior guard Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) has been a pleasant surprise as of late as he has tallied a trio of three-pointers in two of the past three games. He is one of UMES' top long-range threats and is averaging 10.2 ppg during the past three.

Mississippi State (9-3) has put together a good start to begin its year. MSU is 7-2 at the "The Hump" this season and have played just one true road contest. The team is one win away from tying their amount of wins from a season ago and are perfect on the year when holding opponents under 65 points. Gavin Ware and Craig Sword are leading the way with 10.4 and 15.3 ppg, respectively. Ware has four double-doubles already this season.

The game will be played on the SEC Network and will be broadcasted live via the Hawks Radio Network. Bret Lasky will have the call for UMES.

Let's check out a few game notes for Thursday's contest:

LAST TIME OUT: UMES dropped an 82-66 decision at Virginia Tech on ESPN3 on New Years Eve. The Hawks were unable to secure a victory in Head Coach Frankie Allen's homecoming as a 23-point deficit at halftime was too much for UMES to overcome. Troy Snyder scored 15 points in the second-half and chipped in with eight boards. UMES shot 51% from the floor in the 2nd frame

UMES AGAINST THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE: The Hawks have not played an SEC school in over ten years, the last being against Auburn on Nov. 23, 2003. UMES fell in the match to the Tigers, 86-61, in the season-opener

DON'T EXPECT THE TURNOVER: The Hawks have turned the ball over the least of any MEAC school this season as UMES is averaging just 13.0 turnovers-per-game. The men have turned the ball over less than 15 times in all but one game this season, including three games under 10

CLEARED AND BACK IN ACTION: UMES has had two players recently be cleared to participate in play. Senior forward Pina Guillaume has returned from a knee injury and gives the Hawks legitimate size in the paint. Freshman Mark Blackmon, who won eight state titles in high school, made his collegiate debut against Wilmington and started in UMES' last game at Virginia Tech

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