HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Robertson scored a career-high 22 points against Morgan State on Saturday
Robertson scored a career-high 22 points against Morgan State on Saturday

Feb. 26, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - It was an exciting week to be a Hawk this past week as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore participated in its annual Homecoming Week. The festivities began on Friday night, when 10 former student-athletes and administrators were inducted into the UMES Athletic Hall of Fame in the ballroom of the Richard A. Henson Center.

The action would continue the following day when the women's and men's basketball teams swept Morgan State in a crucial Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference double header in front of 5,500 fans at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. The 2012 Hall of Fame class was spotlighted during halftime of the men's contest.

Let's take a look at action from this past week:

MEN'S BASKETBALL

The men's basketball team went 1-1 last week.

The team opened the week with a match at Howard, where the Hawks cruised to a 31-24 halftime lead. The Bison would come storming back in the contest and take a six-point lead with two minutes left. Freshman Ishaq Pitt (Toronto, Ontario) made a layup to give UMES four consecutive points and drop the Bison lead to just two, 53-51, with just over a minute remaining.

Despite having a chance to tie the game in the final seconds of the game, UMES fell in the contest. Sophomore Ronald Spencer (Sickerville, N.J.) led UMES with 14 points and nine rebounds in a game-high 37 minutes.

The Hawks put together a fine performance before a packed house at the W.P. Hytche Center on Saturday. The second game of the Homecoming Weekend double header saw the Hawks take an early lead against Morgan State.

The Hawks continued to hold their lead late in regulation but a three-point play by Morgan State gave the Bears a one-point lead with 12 seconds remaining. Junior Percy Woods (Hyattsville, Md.) came through in the clutch for the team as he drilled a pair of free-throws to give UMES a 58-57 lead with eight seconds left. The lead would hold up and a joyous crowd stormed the court to show their appreciation of the fine Hawk play.

UMES was led by junior Mark Robertson (Lakewood, N.J.), who posted a career-high 22 points with six rebounds in a game-high 35 minutes.

BASEBALL

The UMES baseball team went 0-4 this past week.

The team began the week by dropping a 21-1 decision at The Naval Academy, before the men traveled south to compete in the Bulldog Classic in Huntsville, Ala. The four-team tournament saw UMES lose its first contest, 7-2, to Alabama A&M, before the Hawks fell to Indiana State on Saturday. The men concluded their week with a 9-3 loss against Western Illinois on Sunday.

UMES was led by the efforts of senior James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Va.), who went 5-for-15 from the plate with two RBIs, three runs and two doubles. Freshman James Smith (Florence, S.C.) was a standout for the Hawks pitching staff as he appeared in two games and fanned five in four innings. He conceded just two earned runs during that span.

Newsome's efforts helped him in being distinguished as the men's recipient of this week's PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week. This is the first time this year he has been honored with the award. The article can be viewed here.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The UMES women's basketball team has had several players step up at different times for its team this season. The year has featured outstanding efforts by several student-athletes, but this past week ended up being the Kwinnyata Mercer (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) show.

The senior was 9-for-17 from long-distance on the week and provided a team-high in points in both games.

UMES began the week with a 62-49 loss at Howard on Monday. The Hawks were in the game for much of the contest as the defensive unit held the Bison to a 32-percent effort from the floor. Mercer had a game-high 12 points and three rebounds, while senior Amber Cook (Greensboro, N.C.) had eight points and six rebounds.

In the Hawks' second game of the week, UMES went on a 19-6 run in the first-half to race away with a victory over the Bears on Homecoming Weekend. The team held onto the lead with a fine second-half shooting performance, where the Hawks shot 52-percent from the field.

Mercer scored a career-high 24 points, while senior forward Adobi Agbasi (Columbus, Ga.) had six blocks to move to within 11 of the all-time UMES blocks record. Cook had 18 points and a game-high five rebounds, while junior forward Chelsea Sanders (Rochester, N.Y.) had 17 points.

Mercer's efforts helped her in being distinguished as the women's recipient of this week's PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week. This is the first time she has been honored with the award. The article can be viewed here.

INDOOR TRACK

Senior Cynthia Anais (Martinique, France) was selected as this week's spotlight student-athlete in UMES' newest column, A Walk with a Hawk... Her column can be viewed here.


UPCOMING WEEK (Feb. 27 - March 4)

The basketball teams will host a pair of MEAC double headers this week. The teams open up with a contest against Coppin State on Monday, Feb. 27, before hosting Savannah State on Thursday, March 1. The women open up both games at 5:30 p.m., while the men are slated to begin at 7 p.m.

The baseball team opens its 2012 home schedule when they host Lehigh for a double header on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 12 and 3 p.m. The Hawks will take two days off before they entertain Cornell on Saturday, March 3 for another double dip at 12 and 3 p.m. UMES will cap its three game set against Cornell with a 12 p.m., contest on Sunday.

The tennis teams head to Salisbury University on Saturday, March 3 for a pair of contests. The women will lock up with Towson at 9 a.m., before the men play Salisbury at 1 p.m.

The bowling team resumes action this weekend in the MEAC Northern Division meet as the Hawks travel to Dover, Del., to compete on Saturday and Sunday.

The indoor track teams will see action this week as well. The Hawks will participate in the IC4As/ECAC Indoor Track meet in Boston, Mass., on Saturday and Sunday.

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