UMES OPENS UP HOME SCHEDULE AGAINST RT. 13 RIVAL, SALISBURY
Nov. 12, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team opens up its home slate tonight, Nov. 12, as the Hawks take on Rt. 13 rival, Salisbury University, at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center at 7 p.m. This is the 12th career meeting between the two, where UMES holds an 8-3 advantage. UMES defeated the Sea Gulls last season in preseason play, 76-66, in Princess Anne.
The men’s basketball team is asking the community to bring canned foods/non-perishable food items to the game tonight and Nov. 20 against Mount St. Mary’s to benefit the Seton Center. Admission to get into tonight’s game is $5.
UMES (0-1) opened its season with a 73-54 loss at Columbia. The Hawks held a 23-21 lead with five minutes left in the first-half but were unable to stop a vicious three point attack by the Lions to open the second. Columbia knocked down its first seven long-range attempts to open the frame as they used a 29-6 run across the first ten minutes of play to run away with the game. UMES saw junior KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) each tally a game-high 17 points, while Baxter and senior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) each had five rebounds.
The game will be the first of the season for the Sea Gulls, who went 19-8 overall last season, including a 9-3 mark in the Capital Athletic Conference. The team lost a majority of its starters from last year, but do return their second leading scorer in senior Tim Harwood. Harwood is a long-range threat and is efficient from the free-throw line, where he shot nearly a 90-percent clip last year. He averaged 13 points-per-game as well. Junior Chris Viqueira returns after scoring 7.7 ppg in 2012-13, while sophomore Luke Roland averaged 2.3 ppg.
• SNYDER REPRESENTED IN MEAC POLLS: Junior forward Troy Snyder has been named to two All-MEAC preseason teams in College Sports Madness All-MEAC Second Team and All-MEAC Preseason Third Team
• A BEAUTIFUL TRANSFORMATION: The Hawks have been the beneficiary of transfers this year as four student-athletes join the squad after spending time at a previous school. Iman Johnson and Issac Smith III headline the group, but Shane Randall and Devon Walker will play important roles for the Hawks as well
• POINTS ARE BACK: UMES brings back four of its top five scorers from a year ago, including KyRee Jones, who led the team with 13.6 ppg. Despite returning just six players from last year’s roster, nearly 60-percent of the points are back
• NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Lindy’s Sports Annuals released its MEAC Predictions and freshman Hakeem Baxter was selected as MEAC Newcomer of the Year. Baxter is a freshman from Philadelphia and averaged 22.6 ppg at P.E.T. Charter
• THE FATHER/SON WAY: With the signing of Assistant Coach Kevin Jones earlier this season, UMES completes the first father/ son combination on a team since 2004. This is the first time the Hawks feature such a relationship since Head Coach Thomas Trotter coached his son Tee Trotter