HAWKS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK AGAINST EVANSVILLE
Dec. 10, 2010
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - For the first time in 20 seasons, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team travels to Evansville, Ind. to take on the University of Evansville at 8 p.m. Eastern at Roberts Stadium.
The Hawks (2-6) are coming off of an 81-39 loss at Old Dominion on Thursday. Senior Freddy Obame Obame (Libreville, Gabon) and junior Dishawn Bradshaw (Baltimore, Md.) paced UMES with eight points each. Redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) chipped in seven points and led the team with seven rebounds.
Haley and Bradshaw lead the Hawks in scoring with an average of 14.5 and 13.0 points, respectively, through eight games this season. Junior Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) averages 6.5 rebounds per game to lead the team.
Evansville is currently 3-4 on the season and coming off of one of their most anticipated games in years. The Purple Aces fell to the University of North Carolina at Roberts Stadium Wednesday night by a final of 76-49. Sophomore Colt Ryan has led UE in scoring in five of their seven games.
Saturday's game marks the second meeting between UMES and the Purple Aces. The teams first played during the 1985-86 season at Roberts Arena and Evansville topped the Hawks, 68-48.
The contest between UMES and the Purple Aces can be heard live on the Internet at UMESHawks.com thanks to allinbroadcasting.com and on the Hawks Radio Network on 95.9 The Sports Animal. Bret Lasky has the call for UMES while Dave Vatz hosts the studio show.
INSIDE THE SERIES Tonight will mark the 2nd meeting between UMES and
Evansville. The Hawks lost to Evansville 68-48 in Indiana during the 1985-86 season.
162 STRAIGHT The Hawks have hit at least one 3-point field goal in at least 162 straight games dating back to the 2004-05 season.
EIGHT STRAIGHT Dishawn Bradshaw has hit at least one 3-pointer in each of the Hawks' games this season. Bradshaw leads UMES with 16 made treys. The Baltimore native has buried 11 3-pointers over the last four games.
HALEY IN RHYTHM Hillary Haley has scored 87 points in his last five contests including 32 points against Navy and 16 against Delaware State. Haley ranks sixth in the MEAC conference in scoring. C.J. Reed of Bethune-Cookman leads the league in scoring at 21.6 per.
UMES VS. MISSOURI VALLEY The Hawks played one team from the Missouri Valley last season. On Nov. 20, 2009 at the JQH Arena, Missouri State defeated UMES 70-53. The MEAC went 0-3 against The Valley last season.
ROBERTSON EMERGING After scoring just seven points and grabbing four rebounds through the first five games, Mark Robertson has contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds over the last three games. Robertson played in just 34 total minutes through the first five games. He has played in 34 total minutes over the last two games.
FREE THROW SUCCESS The Hawks rank second in the MEAC in free throw shooting percentage (70.5%). The Hawks have shot below 65% at the line in each of the last six seasons. Dishawn Bradshaw leads the conference in free throw percentage (90%, 18-20) while Hillary Haley ranks tied for fifth in the league (83.3%, 30-36).
FOUR OF FIVE Dishawn Bradshaw has scored in double figures in four of the last five games. He has scored 73 during the stretch (14.6). Bradshaw leads the Hawks with six double figure scoring games. He scored nine points against American University and eight against ODU in the two games that he failed to reach double figures. Bradshaw ranks 11th in the MEAC in scoring.
HINES ON THE OFFENSIVE Tyler Hines is one of the best offensive rebounders in the MEAC. Hines leads the Hawks with 23 offensive rebounds this season. He ranks fourth in the conference in offensive rebounds. The Sicklerville, N.J. native ranks sixth in the MEAC in overall rebounding (6.5 per).
SHARING THE MINUTES Nine UMES players are averaging over 10 minutes per contest through seven games. The UMES benched logged 66 of the 200 minutes against Delaware State. The bench scored 17 points.
LIFE AWAY FROM THE HYTCHE The Hawks are in the midst of a five-game stretch away from the Hytche Athletic Center. The Hawks finish the stretch with games at Evansville (Dec. 11) and at Pittsburgh (Dec. 18). UMES returns to Princess Anne on Dec. 21 to take on Washington College (Md.). It will be their first home game since Nov. 24 (NIU). The Hawks went 0-8 in non-conference road games last season. They beat Navy (Patriot League) earlier this season.
HAWKS ANNOUNCE SIGNING On Tuesday, UMES men's basketball coach Frankie Allen announced the signing of 6-11 center Olatunji Kosile (TJ) from Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Mississippi. Kosile is averaging 3.9 points and 3.9 rebounds through seven games this season.
OVER 500 POINTS With 16 points against Delaware State, Hillary Haley went over 500 points in his two-year stint with UMES.
GAME 71 FOR COACH ALLEN UMES head coach Frankie Allen will guide the Hawks for the 70th time on Saturday. He sports a 20-50 record in two plus seasons. Tonight marks the first time in 21 years as a head coach that Frankie Allen will coach against Evansville.
SECOND IN MEAC Point guard Kevin White ranks second in the MEAC in assists per game (5.37). White led the league last year in assists with 5.4 a contest. Jay Threatt of Delaware State leads the league (7.3).
PURPLE ACES SCOUTING REPORT Evansville has lost its last two games to Air Force (57-56) and North Carolina (76-49). The Aces' last win came on Nov. 27 when they topped 2010 national runner-up and then #23 ranked Butler 71-68. The win snapped Butler's 17-game win streak at Hinkle Field House. It was also Evansville's first win at Hinkle Field House since 1994. Colt Ryan has led the Purple Aces in scoring in five of the seven games. Ryan and Kenneth Harris (11.7) are the only two players averaging in double figures. Harris also leads the Purple Aces in rebounding (6.1). Similar to the Hawks, Evansville's next game is next Saturday versus Middle Tennessee.
TEN YEARS OF LIMITED SUCCESS Since the 2000-01 season, the Purple Aces have had just one winning season when they were 17-14 in 2008-09. Over the last 11 seasons (including this year) UE is a total of 113-188. Since joining the conference during the 1994-95 season, the Purple Aces have finished in the top four just once. They won the league in 1998-99 by posting a 13-5 league mark.
MID-MAJOR FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR Colt Ryan was named the Mid-Major Freshman of the Year by CollegeInsider.com last year. He was also named the Missouri Valley Freshman of the Year. Ryan poured in 435 points, the most by an Evansville freshman in the last ten years. Ryan led the Purple Aces in scoring 11 times as a freshman. He averaged a team best 14.5 points per game.
NEW ARENA NEXT SEASON This season marks the final year of Roberts Stadium (55 years). The stadium was built in 1956. Construction has already begun on the $127 million new arena.
COLD SHOOTING The Purple Aces have shot under 40 percent in their last two games against Air Force (38.2) and North Carolina (31.7). For the season, Evansville is shooting 44 percent from the floor.
SAME STARTING EVERY GAME The same five players players have started each of the first seven games in Ryan Colt, Kenneth Harris, Pieter van Tongeren, Denver Holmes and Kavon Lacey.
JERRY SLOAN Jerry Sloan played at Evansville in the early 1960's and was a three-time All-American. He was the Indiana Collegiate Conference Player of the Year in 1963 and 1965. He scored 1,320 points in his career at Evansville (20th all-time). Sloan won 1,190 games as the head coach for the NBA's Utah Jazz. He ranks fourth all-time in coaching victories.
MARTY SIMMONS - PLAYER/COACH Head Coach Marty Simmons stared for Evansville for two seasons in the 80's. As a junior (1986-87), he averaged 22.4 points per game and led Evansville to a first place finish in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference. He averaged 25.9 points per as a senior.