UMES HAWK-EYE SERIES SWEEP AGAINST COPPIN STATE
March 4, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. --With a week until the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore has just its contest with Coppin State (March 4) and Savannah State (March 7) remaining. The Hawks travel to Baltimore with hopes of ending its three-game losing skid against Coppin State at 7:30 p.m.
Troy Snyder and Kevin Mays have been the Hawks' most consistent scorers, and will need to put up nothing less than double figures against Coppin Monday to give UMES a chance. Snyder and Mays put up 16 and 12 points, respectively, against Morgan State. Against Morgan State (Feb. 16) earlier in the season, the duo each scored two fewer points in that meeting.
Averaging a 14.3 (Mays) and 11.6 (Snyder) points per game has kept UMES within striking distance of many of its games, but little scoring has been shown by the team. The pair ranks first and second in points per game, with Louis Bell chiming in with the third highest total at 6.3 PPG.
Bell and Dominique Cowell led UMES with 14 points apiece in a four-point (49-45) loss to Howard. In the same game Mays and Snyder finished with just five points. The Hawks have not seen much consistency in scoring, and have been up-and-down with regards to rebounding.
Snyder leads the team with 157 rebounds, Mays ranks second with 112, and Olatunji Kosile is in third with 99. UMES notched a season-high in rebounds with 57 against Florida A&M, but such an impressive statistic did not help the Hawks as the final horn sounded. UMES lost that game 55-54.
In nine games this year UMES has out-rebounded its opponent. Its 57 boards against FAMU was its largest rebounding differential of the season (+22). In the Hawks' two wins, against Delaware State and Coppin State. UMES had eight more rebounds versus Delaware State, and just two more rebounds than Coppin State in a 64-62 double overtime win.
UMES has a one-game advantage in the series this year, and will have to capitalize on opportunities it missed in the previous game. The second match-up should not reach double overtime, but every game and possession is crucial.
Mays, Snyder and Kosile will be needed to produce points and rebounds. The team has to do its part and excuse the offense put in place by the Hawks' coaching staff. Defensively, UMES needs to contest every shot, box-out and pursue every rebound.
The Hawks have a chance to pick-up another win Monday, and must quickly prepare for Savannah State on Thursday.