HAWKS PREPARE TO TAKE ON NORTH CAROLINA A&T
Jan. 28, 2012
Princess Anne, Md. -- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will travel to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent North Carolina A&T Saturday in hopes of capturing a win against the Aggies. The Hawks are winless in its last two outings, but some line-up changes could be exactly what UMES needs to capture the conference win.
UMES is 1-2 in its last three games, losing its recent two games at home. The Hawks were 3-1 before falling to Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman. The team has averaged just under 60 points per game this season, and will face a Aggie squad averaging 71.0 PPG. North Carolina A&T has two players scoring in double figures.
The Hawks match that with Percy Woods and Ronald Spencer each averaging 10.3 PPG. Spencer, having just played in seven games, has helped the Hawks with its rebounding and defense. Woods has been the most consistent scorer through 18 games, but occasionally dips below double figure scoring.
Defensively, Spencer has cleaned up the boards with an average of 8.3 RPG, and increased the team's average to just over 35.2 RPG. Prior to Spencer's court time, the Hawks averaged just less than 32.0 RPG as a team. Spencer benefits a team that needs a multitude of scorers and defensively sound players.
Tyler Hines has been another player to benefit the Hawks giving the program a team-high 48 offensive rebounds this season. Against Florida A&M, Hines posted a double-double performance of 17 points and 17 rebounds.
Hines has the ability to help the Hawks post play, and that will be necessary against the Aggies. With Spencer and Hines helping in the middle, Woods can look to distribute the ball to other scoring teammates such as Louis Bell or Greg Womack.
Bell has seen high scoring days for the Hawks although he has cooled down slightly. Womack has shown up for UMES as of late from behind the three-point arc. Against Bethune-Cookman Womack scored a season-high 12 points.
The Hawks have scorers; they just have to score consistently. If the offensive and defensive sides of the Hawks game come together Saturday, the end result should be a win. Tacking on another win would be good going into Monday's game against North Carolina Central (Jan. 30).