UMES LOOKS TO CONTINUE HOT START, TRAVEL TO NAVY ON TUESDAY
Nov. 25, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team looks to continue its best start to begin a season in nearly two decades as the Hawks travel to Navy on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7p.m. The game is the first of four consecutive road games for the Hawks until the third week of December. UMES has posted wins in two of its past three games and a win in Tuesday’s contest would give the Hawks an above .500 record. UMES has not started 3-2 since the 1998-99 season.
The contest between UMES (2-2) and Navy (3-3) is the first since Nov. 30, 2011, when the Hawks posted a 59-46 win over the Midshipmen. Junior Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led all scorers in the game with a career-high 19 points. Navy holds a 5-4 record all-time against UMES. UMES leads in several statistical categories, including a +8.5 advantage in points-per-game and a +25 turnover margin. The teams compare evenly in shooting percentage and rebounds, but the Midshipmen hold a substantial advantage in blocks and steals.
The Hawks are being led by a superb offensive unit. The team has posted 290 points (72.2 ppg) so far, its highest point total through four games in the past 15 years. Junior guard KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) leads the way and is eighth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with 19.0 ppg. Freshman Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) has scored atleast 15 points in three games this season, including a career-high 22 in UMES’ win over Mount St. Mary’s. The men have three players averaging atleast 13.0 ppg.
Let’s take a look at a few game notes for Tuesday’s game:
• LAST TIME OUT: UMES defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 78-71, last Wednesday night at the Hytche. The Hawks held just a three-point lead with 1:49 to go, but went on an 11-4 run to conclude play to seal the victory. Hakeem Baxter led UMES with a career-high 22 points, while Ishaq Pitt had eight points and seven boards
• STARTING OFF HOT: UMES is off to its best start to begin a year (2-2) since the 1999-00 season, a span of 14 years. The last time UMES began a season 3-2 was in 1998. The Hawks are also one of five teams in the MEAC without a losing record (4th place)
• HISTORY IN THE MAKING: UMES has tallied 290 points so far, its highest point total through its first four games to begin a season since the 1998-99 season. UMES is averaging 72.5 ppg so far and have three players averaging at least 13 ppg
• THE IMPORTANCE OF THE THREE: In its two losses this year, UMES has shot just 7-of-40 from long range (18%). UMES has tallied a 39% clip (14-for-36) combined in its two wins. The Hawks are shooting 21% better from long-range in wins. Opponents are shooting over 35% from three-point territory against the Hawks.
• STAYING CLUTCH FROM THE FT LINE: UMES is shooting nearly 70% from the free-throw line this season, good for fourth overall in the MEAC. The Hawks have three players shooting atleast 80% from the FT line, including KyRee Jones, who is 8th in the MEAC (88%). UMES was 9-for-10 from the line in the final three minutes of play in their 78-71 win over Mount St. Mary’s
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