HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (DECEMBER 30TH THROUGH JANUARY 5TH)
Senior Megan Buja (pictured) has guided the team to the #2 spot in the latest bowling poll rankings
Senior Megan Buja (pictured) has guided the team to the #2 spot in the latest bowling poll rankings

Jan. 6, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, bowling poll rankings, men’s & women’s basketball results, and more, including the return of Fifty Shades of Maroon & Gray.

Let’s go:

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Monday (12/30/13), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) men’s basketball freshmen Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Shane Randall (Philadelphia, Pa.) were named UMES Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Athletes of the Week for their performance versus American University (12/29/13). In that contest, both, Baxter and Randall, scored double-digits points as Baxter led all Hawks with 13 points and five boards while Randall contributed with 10 points, four rebounds, and a steal.

On New Year’s Eve (12/31/13), UMES Head Coach Frankie Allen returned to the Cassell Coliseum (Blacksburg, Va.) for the first time in eight seasons as the men’s team fell to Virginia Tech, 82-66. The contest between the two was a tale of two halves as the Hawks shot 42-percent to outscore the Hokies by seven points in the second half. Four Hawks were in double-figures, led by KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) each posting 15 points.

On Jan. 2nd, the Hawks fell to Mississippi State, 77-63, as the final tune-up before conference play. In the second half, UMES shot 53-percent from the field, led by Jones’ 18 points, a team-high. Junior Isaac Smith (Chicago, Ill.) tallied 15 points and a game-high six dimes while freshman Devon Walker (Philadelphia, Pa.) chipped in a career-high 11 points, including three triples in the loss.

Later tonight (01/06), UMES opens conference play on the road against Savannah State University inside Tiger Arena. Tip-off is 8:00 p.m. (EST)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

On Dec. 30th, the women’s basketball team dropped their conference opener to the Lady Bulldogs of South Carolina State University (SC State), 63-50. Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) paced the Hawk attack with 13 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Senior Breonna Evans (Melfa, Va.) recorded a career-high eight points, including two triples, while Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) finished with seven points and 10 boards in a losing effort. Other notable Hawk performances included Stewart recording her 12th career 10+ rebound game with a game-high 18 boards. With her efforts, she surpassed Adobi Agbasi with the second-most 10+ rebound performances since the 2005-06 season, trailing only April McBride (39).

Last Saturday (01/04), the Lady Hawks kept the contest close, but were unable to recover from Savannah State University’s (SSU) late surge as they fell, 63-46. Claybrooks scored a team-high 13 points off the bench while grabbing five boards. Long chipped in nine points in a losing effort. Other notable Hawk performances included Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) and Taryana Kelly (North Brunswick, N.J.) each posting six points while Stewart registered a season-high eight points, including two triples, and 11 rebounds in the loss.

This Saturday (01/11), the Lady Hawks return to the William P. Hytche Athletic Center as they square off against the Spartans of Norfolk State University. Game-time is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (EST)

BOWLING

Last Friday (01/03), the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) Coach’s Poll was announced and UMES climbed three spots to second overall behind new number one, Arkansas State University (ASU). The Hawks received three first-place votes. ASU moved up three spots after being selected fourth in the preseason poll.

On Jan. 24-26, the bowling team heads to Reading, Pa. to compete in the Kutztown Invite.

GENERAL

FIFTY SHADES OF MAROON & GRAY

UMES athletic program is pleased to announce the return of Fifty Shades of Maroon & Gray, featuring Rubin Collins. The spotlight on Collins continues UMES’ countdown to the 2014 UMES Hall of Fame induction on Feb. 14th.

Collins, a Philadelphia, Pa.-native, was a three-year basketball star for UMES as he was a member of the 1973-74 UMES team that went to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). Furthermore, in 1974, Collins helped the team capture the MEAC Championship. In that same season, Collins was an All-American and became a member of the 1,000-point club. After his collegiate career, Collins was drafted in the second round by the Portland Trailblazers. In 2004, Collins was inducted into the UMES Hall of Fame as a member of the 1974 NIT Team before he was honored individually six years later in 2010.

For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.umeshawks.com.