UMES OPENS MEAC TOURNAMENT AGAINST FLORIDA A&M TUESDAY
March 7, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team opens post-season play 6:30 p.m. Tuesday as a number ten seed in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament and will take on number seven Florida A&M at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Hawks are riding a two-game winning streak, which ties for their longest of the season, as they most recently defeated Howard, 73-63 on Homecoming, and Delaware State, 60-50, last Thursday. Against the Hornets, junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) paced UMES with his fifth double double of the season (11 points and 12 rebounds) while redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) added 11 points of his own. The Hawks outscored DSU 20-12 over the final 10:37.
Haley led UMES (8-21; 5-11) during the regular season in scoring with an average of 16.8 points per game. Hines led the team with an average of 7.5 rebounds per contest.
The Rattlers (12-19; 7-9) have lost three straight games and five of their last six games heading into the tournament. Most recently, they fell, 73-71, in overtime to top seed Bethune-Cookman. Amin Stevens leads the Rattlers in scoring with 14.5 points per contest.
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the MEC Tournament and for the third consecutive season, the tournament will be held at the LJVMC. Last season, the Hawks entered the tournament as the six seed and beat #11 Coppin State in the opening round, 64-58. The win was the first tournament win for UMES since the 2004 season. The Hawks then fell to #3 South Carolina State in the quarterfinals, 59-53.
The two teams split their series this season, with each team winning on their home court. In the most recent contest, FAMU topped UMES, 63-55, in Tallahassee.
Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on the Hawks Radio Network at Magic 98.9 FM and on the Internet at UMESHawks.com thanks to allinbroadcasting.com. Bret Lasky has the call for the Hawks while Dave Vatz hosts the studio show.
ONLY MEAC TOURNAMENT TITLE - 1974: The Hawks lone MEAC Tournament title came in 1974. In the third MEAC Tournament, held in Baltimore, UMES beat Howard and Morgan State to win the championship. The Hawks are 12-34 all-time in the MEAC Tournament.
HALEY NAMED TO SECOND TEAM ALL MEAC: Hillary Haley was named to the Second Team All MEAC last week. Haley was joined on the second team by by Cop- pin State's Michael Harper, Hampton's Kwame Morgan, Morgan State's Kevin Thomp- son and Bethune-Cookman's Alexander Starling on the second team.
WHITE BREAKS ALL-TIME ASSIST RECORD: With eight assists on Feb. 19 against Coppin State, Kevin White broke the UMES all-time assist record previously held by Joel Hoover, who dished out 302 over his three-year career. In only two seasons, White has handed out 308 assists. White broke the single-season record last year with 172 assists.
100 OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS: Tyler Hines had seven offensive rebounds in the finale against Delaware State to reach 100 for the season. He is the first player since Tim Parham during the 2005-06 season to record 100 offensive rebounds in a single season. Parham grabbed 116 offensive rebounds.
NINETEEN OF TWENTY: Hillary Haley has scored in double figures in 19 of the last 20 games. He has poured in over 15 points in 15 of the last 20 games. Haley has 24 double figure scoring games, most on the team. Haley is fourth in the conference in scoring at 16.8 a night.
HISTORIC WIN LAST YEAR: In the first round of the MEAC Tournament last season, #6 UMES topped #11 seed Coppin State for their first MEAC Tournament win since 2004. The Hawks had lost five straight tournament games. The Hawks have only won multiple games in a MEAC Tournament once, when they won the tournament in 1974.
FOURTH IN CONFERENCE: Haley ranks fourth in the MEAC in scoring. Only C.J. Reed of Bethune-Cookman (19.5), Darrion Pellum of Hampton (17.8) and Thomas Coleman of N.C. A&T (17.1) are scoring more per game than Haley. Haley's scoring average of 16.8 is the highest single season total since 2007-08 when Ed Tyson averaged 20.2 a contest.
SECOND IN CONFERENCE: Tyler Hines ranks second in the MEAC in offensive rebounds per game (3.6). Hines leads the Hawks with 100 offensive rebounds. Hines ranks sixth in the MEAC in overall rebounding at 7.5 per contest. He has seven 10+ rebounding games this year.
1,048 POINTS IN CAREER: Hillary Haley has scored 885 points in his two-year career at UMES. Including his one season at St. Bonaventure, Haley went over the 1,000 point plateau with 24 against Coppin State on Feb. 19. He has scored 1,048 points.
BALANCED ATTACK: The Hawks showed off their balance in the finale against Delaware State. Eight players took at least five shots and six players scored at least five points.
BURNS EMERGES IN FINALE: Tim Burns scored eight points in 21 minutes against Delaware State on Thursday. The eight points is his highest total since Dec. 11 when he scored 10 against Evansville. The 21 minutes is the longest his been on the floor since Dec. 30 when he played 30 minutes against Colorado.
ALL 29: Kevin White is the only player that has started all 29 games. White leads the Hawks in minutes per game at 29.2.
RATTLERS SCOUTING REPORT: The Rattlers started MEAC play 0-5 before turning things around late in January and in early February. FAMU won four straight conference games between Feb. 5 and Feb. 14. The Rattlers have stumbled down the stretch, losing five of their last six games.
OFFENSIVE REBOUNDING: Florida A&M leads the MEAC with 429 offensive rebounds this season. The Rattlers are averaging 13.8 offensive rebounds per night. The Rattlers have four players with over 40 offensive rebounds (Amin Stevens, 97; Yannick Crowder, 65; Larry Jackson, 57 & Jeremy Dean, 44). Stevens ranks third in the league in offensive rebounding.
MOORE 3-POINTERS: Freshman Avery Moore ranks second in the conference in 3-point field goals with 74. Only Kwame Morgan of Hampton has hit more 3-pointers this season (92). In two games against UMES this season, Moore has hit 13 3-pointers. He went 8-of-15 from 3-point range against the Hawks at the Hytche Center on Jan. 15.
GOOD SHOT BLOCKER: Yannick Crowder ranks fifth in the MEAC in blocked shots with 60. He is averaging 2.1 blocks per game. Crowder has blocked 17 more shots than the entire UMES team combined this season. Amin Stevens ranks second on the roster with 22 blocks.
WINS OVER SEEDS 2-4: The Rattlers resume includes wins over the two, three and four seeds in the tournament. FAMU beat #2 seed Hampton 62-58 on Jan. 24. They beat #3 seed Coppin State 60-58 on Feb. 7 and they topped #4 seed Morgan State 63-59 on Feb. 5.
FOUR MEAC TITLES: FAMU has won four MEAC Tournament titles (1991, 1999, 2004 & 2007). North Carolina A&T has won the most MEAC Tournament championships (15).
FIRST ROUND LOSS: Bethune-Cookman dropped FAMU in the first round of the tournament last season, 63-54. The Rattlers had a string of three straight years with at least one win in the tournament snapped.
VALUE THE BALL: Florida A&M ranks second in the conference in steals per game with 7.9. Only Delaware State is averaging more steals per contest (8.5). Avery Moore leads the Rattlers with 42 steals while Amin Stevens has 38 steals.
ONE PLAYER IN DOUBLE FIGURES: There are only three teams, out of 11 in the league, that only have one player averaging in double figures. UMES and FAMU are two of the three. South Carolina State is the other team. Amin Stevens is the only Rattler in double figures (14.5) and Hillary Haley is thin double figures (16.8).