UMES PREPARES FOR MORGAN STATE IN MEAC SHOWDOWN
Ronald Specner
Ronald Specner

Feb. 11, 2012

Princess Anne, Md. -- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will play its first of two Baltimore, Maryland Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teams Saturday when it travels to Morgan State. Both teams enter the game coming off of conference losses. UMES is 1-1 in its last two games, defeating Howard (Feb. 4) at home. The game is scheduled for 4 PM start.

Morgan State recently loss to Howard (56-49) and is on a two game losing streak. Morgan State and UMES are evenly matched in most categories. UMES has maintained control of the boards in its contest against Norfolk State and Howard.

Against Norfolk State, UMES had a 42-26 control of the boards. On the season UMES is just a half rebound behind its opponent's rebounds per game average (36-35.5). The Hawks maintain a +0.8 rebounds per game average advantage over the Bears. Against Howard Ronald Spencer and Olatunji Kosile grabbed 19 total rebounds for the Hawks.

UMES is scoring just shy of 60 points per game, while Morgan State is scoring an average of 65 points per game. The Bears have two player's tallying double figures. In comparison, UMES' Percy Woods (10.6 PPG) is the only double digit scorer for the Hawks.

In its last two games Hillary Haley has posted at least 22 points. Haley's scoring has been sporadic throughout the season, but he has shown that he is capable of giving the Hawks a big night from the floor.

An area to improve will be the Hawks scoring from the free-throw line. Currently the Hawks are shooting 64 percent compared to its opponent's average of 71.2 percent. Games have been within the Hawks reach if a higher percentage of its free-throw attempts had of been converted.

UMES is capable of picking a win on the road if it continues to crash the boards, make its free throws and take high percentage shots. With both teams looking for a win, the Hawks have to come prepared to play to show its ability to win on the road.