HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (NOVEMBER 18TH THROUGH 24TH)
Skip McCain (pictured) became the most successful coach in UMES history
Skip McCain (pictured) became the most successful coach in UMES history

Nov. 25, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, MD. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, men’s & women’s basketball picking up home wins, women’s bowling earns third consecutive MEAC honors, weekend results, and more, including Fifty Shades of Maroon & Gray and Walk With a Hawk.

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MEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Monday (11/18), junior guard KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, IN) was named Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Athlete of the Week, along with women’s bowling Megan Buja (Rockford, IL), for the first time this season.

Against Salisbury University (11/12), Jones scored a career-high 33 points while grabbing six boards and five assists in 29 minutes.

On Nov. 20th, the Hawks defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 78-71, behind freshman guard Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, PA) tallying a career-high 22 points. Seniors Troy Snyder (Chicago, IL) and Louis Bell (Washington, DC) each notched double-digits points in the win. Offensively, UMES is off to its best start over the past 15 seasons as the Hawks have scored 290 points, averaging 72.5 points-per-game.

Tomorrow (11/26), UMES begins a four-game road-trip as they head to Annapolis, MD to square off against Navy. Game-time is 7:00 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Wednesday (11/20), the Lady Hawks lost to Syracuse University, 113-42, at the Carrier Dome. In that game, nine Lady Hawks scored, led by sophomore Alexis Udoji (Randolph, MA). Udoji led the Lady Hawks with 10 points, five boards, and two blocks. Senior Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, NY) had a team-high six rebounds, including three offensive boards, while junior Jessica Long chipped in nine points in the loss.

Last Saturday (11/23), UMES erased a double-digit deficit to defeat George Mason University in overtime, 93-91. The Lady Hawks picked up their first victory against the Patriots in the series after losing five consecutive, dating back to 1988, and the first win for the Lady Hawks against an Atlantic-10 opponent under the Fred Batchelor era. Four Lady Hawks scored double-digit points, led by Long’s 27 points and career-high nine assists. Udoji and Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, VA) each registered a double-double. Other notable Hawk performances included Stewart recording her tenth career 10+ rebound performance (11) while scoring a season-high seven points. Junior guard Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, VA) finished with nine points, all in the second half, and a game-high four steals while Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, KY) made her second start of the season and scored 10 points in the win.

Tomorrow (11/26), the women’s basketball host Lincoln (PA) University at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Tip-off is 6:00 p.m.

BOWLING

On Nov. 18th, senior bowler Megan Buja earned PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week, alongside men’s basketball KyRee Jones, for the first-time this season.

At the Hawk Classic (11/15-11/17), Buja finished second among individual bowlers while helping the team win their home tournament for the third time in the past four seasons. In five individual games on Saturday (11/16), Buja averaged 209.6 pins-per-game, including a 249 high-score. Buja ended with a 1,048 total pinfall.

The next day (11/19), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its Bowling Athlete of the Week and Buja was recognized for her efforts at the Hawk Classic. This was Buja first selection this season and third consecutive for a Hawk bowler, joining Sara Pelayo (Distrito Federal, Mexico) and Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico).

In less than two weeks (12/7-12/8), the bowling team travels to Hampton, VA to compete in the second MEAC Northern Division meet of the season.

GENERAL

FIFTY SHADES OF MAROON & GRAY

Last week, UMES Athletic Department announced its fifth and sixth UMES Hall of Famers as they countdown to the 2014 UMES Hall of Fame induction on Feb. 14th. The two Hall of Famers spotlighted were Talvin Skinner and Vernon “Skip” McCain.

Skinner put together one of the most decorated athletic careers of any player to ever don the maroon and gray. The two-time All-Conference selection was inducted into the UMES Athletic Hall of Fame twice. The first came as a member of the 1973-74 UMES National Invitation Tournament (NIT) team as they finished 27-2 and became the first-ever Historically Black  Colleges & Universities (HBCU) school to play in the NIT. In 2010, Skinner was inducted individually into the UMES Hall of Fame. Prior to his UMES induction, he was inducted into the MEAC Hall of Fame in 2002.

McCain is the most successful coach in the school history as he was enshrined into the Hawk Hall of Fame in 1973, then the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) in 1981. In 2006, McCain was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. As a football coach, the Enville, Oklahoma-native won 103 contests, including six undefeated seasons. As a basketball coach, he led the school to a 76 wins between the 1948-1952 seasons. Additionally, McCain coached notable players, such as Art Shell, Johnny Sample, and Emerson Boozer, which went onto play professionally.

WALK WITH A HAWK

Last week’s Walk With A Hawk featured UMES baseball student-athlete Joshua James (Milford, DE). All college students have to face a crucial factor when deciding what college is right for them. In this case, James chose to stay close to home. When you talk to James, you discover family is an important part of his life. “My biggest motivation is my family”, says James. They have been very successful, and watching them succeed builds more fire in me to succeed as well.”

To read more about Joshua James, please visit www.umeshawks.com.

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