Francis Ezeiru (pictured) looks to dominate the glass for UMES for the second straight game

Dec. 2, 2013

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BALTIMORE, Md. – For the first time since 2005, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team will take on the University of Maryland Baltimore County at the Retrievers Athletic Center on Monday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. The game is of great importance for a number of reasons, particularly for Head Coach Frankie Allen, who returns to the Retrievers Athletic Center for the first time since he was an assistant coach at UMBC from 2006-08.

The contest is UMES’ second of its current four-game road trip. It features teacher versus student as Allen matches up against one of his former players in UMBC Head Coach Aki Thomas. The pair also coached alongside one another when they were assistants at UMBC for the Retrievers’ NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007-08.  Doug Newton will have the call for UMES on the Hawks Radio Network ( Fans can also watch the game online via

The game between the two schools is the first since 2005. UMBC holds a 3-1 record all-time against UMES in the series, including a 2-0 record at the RAC. The teams match up pretty evenly in scoring, where each are averaging around 70 ppg and shooting the same from the floor. The Hawks are shooting better from three-point territory (+7%), but the Retrievers hold an advantage in rebounds and turnovers forced. UMBC holds an advantage in height as the Hawks will look to counter the difference with the quickness and versatility of their backcourt.

UMES (2-3) looks to win its first game on the road as a Hawks win will ensure a .500 record for the third time this year. The Hawks are being led by junior guard KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.), who is second in the MEAC in three-point field goals (49%) and fourth in scoring (18.3 ppg). Senior Francis Ezeiru (Enugu, Nigeria) continued his strong play with a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) last week at Navy, while freshman Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) is looking to build off his recent MEAC Rookie of the Week distinction.

Let’s take a look at a few notes for tonight’s game:

• LAST TIME OUT: UMES was defeated by Navy, 67-59, on Nov.26. UMES was down by eight with three minutes remaining, but went on a 6-1 run over the next two minutes to bring the game to within three points. Navy was clutch from the FT line the rest of the way to post its first win in the past four contests against UMES

• STARTING OFF HOT: UMES is off to its best start to begin a year (2-3) since the 1999-00 season, a span of 14 years. The last time UMES began a season with a record as good was in 1998

• HISTORY IN THE MAKING: UMES has tallied 349 points so far, its highest point total through its first five games to begin a season since the 1998-99 season. UMES is averaging 69.8 ppg so far and have two players averaging at least 15 ppg

• A STEALING BUNCH: The Hawks have seen 12-of-14 players on their roster record steals this season. The Hawks stand third in the MEAC with an average of 7.4 steals-per-game. Travis Trim leads with five, while four others have four

• THE IMPORTANCE OF THE THREE: In its three losses this year, UMES has shot just 15-of-60 from long range (25%) UMES has tallied a 39% clip (14-for-36) combined in its two wins. The Hawks are shooting 15% better in wins

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