HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Lenora Guion-Firmin (pictured) won the 500m in 1:13.61 at the Navy Invitational
Lenora Guion-Firmin (pictured) won the 500m in 1:13.61 at the Navy Invitational

Jan. 14, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program saw four teams in action this past week. The women’s basketball team picked up an overtime victory in their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference home opener, while the men’s team fell to the Spartans and the women’s track team had 12 members post top-3 finishes at the Navy Invitational. The men’s track team capped off the week with a third-place finish at the Navy Invitational.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The UMES men’s basketball team opened up its 2012-13 MEAC home schedule with a 63-58 loss to Norfolk State on Saturday. With the loss, UMES drops to 0-13 and 0-4 in conference.

The men held a seven-point lead at halftime, 22-15, as freshman Kevin Mays (Queens, N.Y.) had 10 points and sophomore Francis Ezeiru (Lagos, Nigeria) had nine first-half rebounds. The Hawks held NSU to just a 17-percent clip from the floor in the first frame. The second-half proved to be much different, as the Spartans shot nearly 60-percent from long distance to run away with the late victory. UMES struggled to gain consistency on both sides of the ball in the final frame.

Mays led the charge for the Hawks in the game as he notched a double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds in a team-high 33 minutes. He also had two steals in his fourth game for UMES. Ezeiru finished with a career-high 13 rebounds, while sophomore Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn. N.Y.) had 14 points and junior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) had four steals.

For his efforts in the game, Mays was selected as the PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 14.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Lady Hawks engaged in a thrilling 86-80 overtime victory against Norfolk State on Saturday. It was the third consecutive contest between the two schools in which the game came down to the wire.  With the victory, UMES moves to 5-8 and 1-1 in the MEAC.

UMES held a three-point lead, 40-37, at the half. The Spartans came out on fire in the second-half and evened up the game late. NSU had chance to take the lead in the final seconds, but missed a free-throw to send the game into overtime. UMES outscored NSU, 20-14, in overtime.

The Hawks shot 14-for-27 from long distance in the win and had three players tally double-digit point totals. UMES was also 75-percent from the charity stipe and brought down 48 boards. Junior Karona Roach (Bear, Del.) had a career-high 31 points and was 5-of-7 from three-point range. Senior Sha-Kiyla Finney (Portsmouth, Va.) had 14 points, while sophomore Shawnee Sweeney (Colonial Heights, Md.) had 13 points and junior Shanyce Stewart (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) had 12 rebounds and six assists.

For her efforts in the game, Roach was selected as the PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 14.

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK

The UMES men’s track team placed third at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md., this past weekend. The team had three student-athletes record top-3 finishes at the event as they finished ahead of Mount St. Mary’s (Md.) and American. UMES finished with 36 points altogether.

Sophomore Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Roseau) was the top individual for the men as he played first in the shot put with a first-place throw of 16.38m. His throw qualified him for the IC4A meet. Junior Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica) finished third in the 60m dash with a time of 7:08 and junior Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) was third in the 400m in 49.53.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK

The women’s indoor track team ran at the Navy Invitational this past weekend and had 12 top-3 finishes. Of those 12, five were first-place finishes.

Senior Lenora Guion-Firmin (La Trinite, Martinique) won the 500m with a time of 1:13.61, while junior Imani Cox (Plainfield, N.J.) used an 18.10m heave to win the weight throw. Junior Geranda Williams (Waldorf, Md.) won the triple jump with an 11.96m jump, Sophomore Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) placed first in the 60m with a time of 7:58 and the 4x400m relay team of Evans, Guion-Firmin, senior Emilie Ducados (Paris, France) and senior Melina Gallas (Paris, France) ran a 3:47.39 to take gold.

Evans posted two first-place finishes and added a second in the 200m (24.64). Cox was second in the shot put (13.59m) and Lexia Robinson was second in the weight throw (17.58m). Robinson was also third in the shot put.

PECKS …

  • BOWLING – Four UMES representatives in Head Coach Kristina Frahm, Assistant Coach Tyler Schmitz, and student-athletes Megan Buja and Valerie Riggin competed in the Team USA Trials in Las Vegas
  • MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL - "Coaches Corner" on SFMSports.Net began this past Friday as head coaches Frankie Allen and Fred Batchelor were featured
  • WOMEN’S TRACK  - Cox was this week’s featured student-athlete in UMES’ newest column, A Walk with a Hawk …
  • MEN’S BASKETBALL- KyRee Jones was recognized by College Hoops Daily in their first-half of season All-Conference team

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