Aug. 10, 2009

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - In a schedule peppered with home games and trips to the mid-west the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) hopes it has something it can learn and grow from while instilling some confidence and mental fortitude. The Hawks travel to the mid-west for nine games, host 14 and mix in a few other opponents for what Head Coach Frankie Allen calls "a tough but fair," schedule.

UMES opens the season at home for the first time since 2006-07. They will play host to Stony Brook on November 13, continuing the four year series with the Sea Wolves. From there the Hawks board a plane and fly to Milwaukee when they take on Marquette on November 17. Just three days later UMES is in Springfield, Mo. to play in the Missouri State Hispanic College Fund Basketball Classic. They will play the host, Eastern Michigan and Central Connecticut State over a three day period.

The Hawks get a well deserved six days off before hosting American University on November 28.

December is no slouch for the Hawks either. Despite just five games in the month they host Delaware State in conference action on December 5 and host a return trip from Navy on December 9. They then pack their bags again for the mid-west, traveling to Wright State (Dec. 19), Northern Illinois (Dec. 22) and Ball State (Dec. 28). Just four days later they kick-off 2010 with a trip to Nebraska on January 2 and then take on the Sooners of Oklahoma on January 4.

"This is definitely a trying schedule," said Allen. "I think it will provide us some excellent competition and make us understand what it takes day in and day out to win. It is how we travel, how we practice and how we play in an opposing arena. If we can use these non-conference games as preparation, we will be ready for conference play."

Beginning January 9 the team starts conference play hosting South Carolina State and then playing Winston-Salem State on the 11th in a game that does not count toward conference standings.



UMES closes out the season at Delaware State on March 4th but will finish their home season on February 22 against Morgan State. The Hawks take on Coppin State two days earlier on the 20th for Homecoming 2010.

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament runs March 8-13 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

"We have a very tough league," said Allen. "I think with our new players and our returners we can make some noise in conference play and the non-conference schedule will help us to do that."

UMES will use an exhibition game to get ready for the season as they host Stevenson at 7:00 p.m. on November 7 at the William P. Hytche Center.

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