Dec. 6, 2010

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- In the final month of 2010, the UMES winter season is in full swing. It was an up and down week for the Hawks, as men's and women's basketball both fell on the road, but bowling stood strong against MEAC plus indoor track had a strong start to their 2010-11 campaign.

The Hawks began conference play over the weekend, falling to Delaware State 64-53 in Dover on Saturday. UMES is now 2-5 this season and 0-1 in MEAC play.

Down by five nearly midway through the first half, UMES put together a 13-0 run in four minutes, including eight points by junior Dishawn Bradshaw (Baltimore, Md.) and the other five by redshirt sophomore Mark Robertson (Lakewood, N.J.), to give the Hawks a 23-15 lead. With the game tied at the half, the Hornets built a ten-point lead in the next ten minutes and did not relinquish the advantage.

Redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) led the way for UMES, scoring 16 points off 6-of-16 shooting. Bradshaw had his sixth double digit game in his first year with the Hawks, ending with 12 points. Junior Tyler Hines scored two points with nine rebounds.

The Lady Hawks played tough against a tough Big East team, but ultimately fell in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday 73-50 against an undefeated Syracuse team that ran past Delaware State by 70 later in the week. UMES fell to 1-2 after the road defeat.

A little less than seven minutes into the game, senior Casey Morton (Mardela Springs, Md.) hit a three-point shot to give the Hawks a 13-12 lead. However, Syracuse went on a 19-2 run in the next ten minutes. UMES could not close the gap but had a strong second half, scoring just six points less than their opponent.

Morton finished with 12 points, her third double-digit total in as many games this season. Junior Amber Cook (Greensboro, N.C.) ended with 11 points and three steals.

The bowling team once again held strong against the MEAC Northern Division, going 9-1 in their matches, including 4-1 in head-to-head and 5-0 in Baker matches. With the tournament, the Hawks improve to 41-7 on the season, including 19-1 in MEAC play.

Senior Maria Rodriguez (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) bowled an average of 226.6 in head-to-head play, including a 278 in her final game. Sophomore T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) averaged 209 in four games and freshman Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) bowled three games with an average of 206.

The men's indoor track team kicked off their 2010-11 season at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis on Saturday afternoon, competing in numerous individual events in the non-team event.

Two UMES athletes qualified for the IC4A Tournament in March with their performances. Marcus Brown (Gaithersburg, Md.) finished first in the shot put with a distance of 15.8 meters, qualifying by 0.2 meters, and Jermol Dix (Catonsville, Md.) finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.15 seconds, beating the IC4A time by 0.1 seconds.

Rico Taylor (Silver Spring, Md.) also earned a top three finish, getting third place in the high jump with a height of 1.99 meters.

The Hawks men's basketball team will be busy this week as it resumes non-conference play. UMES will travel to Norfolk, Virginia to take on Old Dominion on Thursday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m. then to Indiana to take on Evansville on Saturday, December 11th at 8:05 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on the Hawks Radio Network on 95.9 The Sports Animal: Pregame begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and 7:35 p.m. on Saturday.

The Lady Hawks basketball team will return home for mid-week games against two New York squads at the Hytche. On Monday, December 6th, UMES will face Manhattan, followed by a Wednesday matchup against Long Island on December 8th. Both games will start at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for each game are ten dollars. Both games can be heard on the Hawks Radio Network on Timeless Classics WGOP 540 AM and 100.7 FM.

The track team will host their first event of the season with the UMES Coach O Invitational in Princess Anne. The Collegiate Invitational will be held on Friday, December 10th while the High School Invitational will be on Saturday, December 11th.



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