Olatunji Kosile

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March 11, 2013

NORFOLK, Va. --Monday opens Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament play, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore faces a familiar opponent. The Hawks play at 6:30 p.m., and will face Savannah State University, its last opponent of the regular season just four days ago.

Falling to the Tigers 71-54, the two teams will be well aware of its opponent given its recent match-up. UMES played well, disregarding the score, as it shot just below 40 percent from the field and out-rebounded Savannah State.

The Last Meeting
Maryland Eastern Shore54
Savannah State71
March 7, 2013
Savannah, Ga.
SAVANNAH, Ga. --The University of Maryland Eastern Shore dropped its regular season finale to Savannah State 71-54 Thursday night. The loss drops the Hawks to 2-24 on the season heading into the conference tournament March 11-16 in Norfolk, Virginia. Troy Snyder and Olatunji Kosile would mark team highs for UMES with 12 points each.

The Tigers held an upper hand in its defensive play. UMES committed 17 turnovers, leading to the Tigers 23 points scored off of those miscues. The Hawks will have to clean up this area of its game, as well as put forward an aggressive defensive scheme itself.

UMES will have the help of Francis Ezeiru tonight, a player it did not have in its last contest. With Olatunji Kosileand Ezeiru making their presence felt in the paint should slow the Tiger offense.

Kosile is third in rebounding for the Hawks at 4.1 rebounds per game. Ezeiru posts an average of 6.1 rebounds per game in 12 games played this season. The combination of the two should help increase its rebounding total.

Offensively, both players can help the team put points on the board, but much of the offensive production will come from Kevin Mays, Troy Snyder and Louis Bell. Mays leads the trio in points per game (13.8), while Snyder and Bell round out the top three scorers. Snyder is averaging 12.0 PPG, with Bell finishing third with 6.4 PPG.

All three have had games of plus 17-point performances. Mays finished with a season-high 27 against Norfolk State, while Snyder posted 22 points in a double overtime win over Coppin State. Bell equaled Snyder with 17 points in the team's second game loss to Coppin State.

Defensive stops and quality points from the Hawks' should be the focal point for UMES heading into Monday's match-up. The Tigers made a point to run the court against UMES March 7. Winning for the Hawks will come down to limiting its turnovers, defending the basket by contesting shots and grabbing rebounds, and score quality points throughout the game to advance in this tournament.