UMES AIM FOR FIFTH APPEARANCE IN MEAC SEMIFINALS; TAKE ON NO. 2 HAMPTON THURSDAY
March 9, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - After a thrilling double overtime victory over Florida A&M in the first round, #10 University of Maryland Eastern Shore prepares for a quarterfinal matchup with second seed Hampton University in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) and senior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) combined for ten of the Hawks' 13 points in double overtime to lift UMES to the 87-85 win. White paced the Hawks with 22 points, while Haley added 17 and ten rebounds. Haley buried a game-tying 3-pointer with 17 second remaining in the first overtime. The game was the first double overtime tournament contest since 2004.
Haley leads the team in scoring with an average of 16.8 points per contest while junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) leads UMES with 7.5 rebounds per game.
The Hawks are 4-20 all-time in the quarterfinal round of the MEAC Tournament. The last time UMES made the semifinal round was in 1994, in the 23rd MEAC Tournament, which was held in Baltimore, Md. The Hawks defeated Delaware State before falling to eventual champion North Carolina A&T in the semifinals.
The Hampton Pirates earned a first-round bye by virtue of an 11-5 regular season conference record. They closed the regular season with back-to-back wins over Delaware State and Howard. Darrion Pellum leads Howard in scoring and ranks second in the MEAC at 17.8 points per game. Kwame Morgan leads the MEAC with 92 made 3-pointers on the season. On the interior, Danny Agbelese leads the conference with 96 blocked shots on the year.
The Hawks and Pirates met only once this season, on Jan. 31 in a nationally televised game in Hampton, Va. UMES led by one point, 51-50, with 10:28 remaining before Hampton finished the game on a 28-15 run to pull off the 78-66 win.
Tonight'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.
TWENTY OF 21: Hillary Haley has scored in double figures in 20 of the last 21 games. He has poured in over 15 points in 16 of the last 21 games. Haley has 25 double figure scoring games, most on the team. Haley is fourth in the conference in scoring at 16.8 a night.
IMPROVED REBOUNDER: Hillary Haley ranks second on the Hawks in rebound- ing at 5.6 per game. Last year, he averaged 3.4 per night. In 30 games this season, he has secured 57 offensive rebounds. Last season (32 games), he grabbed only 35 offensive rebounds.
LAST TIME IN THE SEMIS: The Hawks have not advanced to the semifinals of the MEAC Tournament since the 1994 tournament held in Baltimore. UMES beat Delaware State that year in the quarterfinals 91-76 to advance to the semifinals. They lost to N.C. A&T in the semifinals, 76-73.
NO ROAD SUCCESS: The Hawks went 0-8 on the road in MEAC play this season and 1-16 on the road overall. Although tonight's game is considered a neutral site game, the Hawks have lost 14 straight games away from Princess Anne, Md.
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.
1,065 POINTS IN CAREER: Hillary Haley has scored 902 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 1,065 points.
DOUBLE OT: The last double overtime game that the Hawks played in before last night was on Feb. 2, 2004 against Bethune-Cookman when UMES lost 71-70.
ALL 30: Kevin White is the only player that has started all 30 games. White leads the Hawks in minutes per game at 29.2.
KELLEY TIES SEASON HIGH: Diyaaldin Kelley tied his season high with ten rebounds in the first round of the MEAC Tournament. He also had 10 rebounds against Coppin State on Jan. 22.