HAWKS OPEN 2013-14 CAMPAIGN IN BIG APPLE AGAINST COLUMBIA
Nov. 8, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team has made its way to the Big Apple as the Hawks open up their 2013-14 season at Columbia University on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. This is the second meeting over the past four years between the two schools, as the Lions posted a 104-78 victory over UMES in 2010. The game will be the second career meeting in the history between the two.
The guard play will be pivotal to the matchup for UMES. UMES’ top returning scorer from last season, junior KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.), spearheads the charge but he will be assisted by freshman Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) to anchor the backcourt. Jones averaged nearly 14 points-per-game last year and was a midseason All-Star, while Baxter was named MEAC Preseason Newcomer of the Year by Lindy’s Sports this past October.
UMES will look for senior Francis Ezeiru (Enugu, Nigeria) to anchor the front court as the 6’10 center will need to hold his own amongst a pair of same size counterparts. Columbia showcases two 6’10 student-athletes, including junior Corey Osetkowski, who was one of the top rebounders for the Lions a year ago.
Let’s take a look at the matchup:
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Columbia is 80-32 all-time in its season opener, including wins in four of its past five contests. The team returns three of its top-5 scorers from last season’s squad, including sophomore guard Grant Mullins. Mullins averaged 9.7 points-per-game and shot .374 from three-point territory.
The Lions went 12-16 last season but defeated two teams that reached the NCAA Tournament in 2013 (Harvard, Villanova). They feature two student-athletes that stand 6’10 and lost eight games by six points or less. The team is guard dominated but have seven players that stand 6’7 or taller, including freshman 7’1 center, Connor Voss.
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