WITH ADDITIONS TO THE ROSTER, HAWKS LOOK TO TAKE ON HUSKIES
Dec. 17, 2012
HARTFORD, Conn.—The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is shaking its roster up in preparation to take on the University of Connecticut Monday. UMES added Kevin Mays, Jarrod Davis and Reginald Ekeanyanwu to its roster. The Hawks additions should give it depth in both front-and-backcourt play. UMES will enter the game with the Huskies with a 0-9 overall record. UConn enters the contest with a 7-2 record. The Hawks’ Kyree Jones is leading in points per game with an average of 16.6, while teammate Troy Snyder has improved his scoring to rank second (12.1 PPG), and ranks second behind Ronald Spencer in rebounds. UMES is seeing a slight improvement in its offensive production, but a poor shooting percentage from the field is keeping the team from seeing a competitive output. As the Hawks attempt to increase its scoring, its defense must maintain opponents from posting an average of 76.0 PPG. Twice this season UMES has given up at least 90 points. UMES allowed its first 100-point opponent’s score in facing the University of Maryland (Dec. 5). The second came from nationally ranked Cincinnati, which scored 92 points. UMES has struggled with protecting the paint. In three consecutive games, UMES allowed opponents to score a combined 118 points in the paint. The Hawks will have to limit this degree of production from opponents in the paint. In comparison, UMES is managing just a fraction of that point total. In its first nine games of the season, the Hawks have relied on the jump shot. Its best field goal percentage this season has been against Houston-Baptist (.392). In that game UMES made 20-of-51 attempts. That happened to be the team’s best three-point percentage (.333) also.