HAWK NATION AMONG THE CONFERENCE BEST IN ATTENDANCE
UMES Men's Basketball Bobby Collins (pictured)
July 10, 2015

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – On June 6, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced its 2014-15 men’s & women’s basketball attendance data and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Men’s & Women’s Basketball teams ranked among the top in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

“We are thrilled to see the Hawk faithful supporting UMES Basketball,” said Keith Davidson, UMES Director of Athletics.  “We have turned a corner in both of our basketball programs and the attendance is a great sign of the support for our Hawks. That goes to show just how much our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community support us.”

Collectively, more than 21,000 Hawk fans witnessed the men’s resurgence into MEAC contention. Overall, the squad finished second in average attendance, trailing only the Hampton Pirates. With just 10 home games, UMES was fourth overall, but saw nearly a five-percent increase inside the Hytche, propelling the team to a 7-3 home record last season.

“I’ll like to thank everyone for their unbelievable support this past season,” said UMES Men’s Basketball head coach Bobby Collins. “With your support, we had so much success and look forward to building upon last season. I believe this upcoming yearn will be one you can’t miss!”

On the women’s side, UMES Women’s Basketball head coach Fred Batchelor accumulated another home winning record after the Lady Hawks went 9-5 at the Hytche. The ladies greeted over 12,000 screaming fans, averaging more than 900 fans-per-game, which was third best in the MEAC behind Hampton and Savannah State.

UMES Women's Basketball Head Coach Fred Batchelor

“We love the appreciation our community shows us,” said Batchelor. “They bring the energy and passion every game and guide us to victory. As I said before, this is truly a place where home-court advantage matters.”

The men’s team finished with an 18-15 overall record, the most wins by a men's basketball team in 41 years. Collins, 2015 MEAC Coach of the Year, returns eight players, including All-MEAC selection Dominique Elliott (Savannah, Ga.) and 2015 MEAC Rookie of the Year Ryan Andino (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).

Since Batchelor’s first season (2004-05), the Lady Hawks have won over 58-percent of their home games, amassing an 80-58 record. The squad brings back 11 players, including All-Rookie

UMES Women's Basketball Head Coach Fred Batchelor

selection Moengaroa Subritzky (Auckland, New Zealand) and 2015 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.).

“Even in previous years, we still had good attendance,” Davidson added. “I am thrilled that we are now offering an even better product to those that have supported us for some time, always showing their Hawk Pride.”

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