CINCINNATI, OH - Kyree Jones scored 13 of the Hawks 23 first half points, and helped keep the second-half box score close. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore lost to nationally ranked Cincinnati 92-60 Saturday. Jones finished the with a game-high 25 points for UMES.
"Kyree played well for us tonight," said head coach Frankie Allen. "We ran the offense through him tonight, and he made good decisions with the ball." Jones had just one turnover for the game, and was credited with four assists and two steals.
The Hawks Troy Snyder opened the game with a three pointer for UMES, followed by two free throws from Jones. Jones would go on to score the Hawks next five points before Snyder would again score for UMES. Snyder finished with 13 points and led UMES with eight rebounds.
A jumper by Jones with 16:40 remaining in the first half would be the last score for UMES for the next seven minutes. Jones would score for the Hawks on two free throws, and finish the game 7-of-8 (.875) at the charity stripe. The Hawks shot 70 percent from the line, besting Cincinnati by 10 percentage points.
The first half was a tough battle for the Hawks. Offensively, the Hawks shot a dismal 18 percent from the field, but made 6-of-8 (.750) at the free-throw line. The Hawks defense allowed Cincinnati to play fairly consistent, allowing the Bearcats to shoot 56 percent from the field and 53 percent from behind the three-point arc.
Down 52-23 at the half, UMES played a much better second half.
The Hawks outshot Cincinnati 45 percent to 41 percent, and was better
from behind the three-point line (.300). UMES lost the second half
40-37, and saw Ronald Spencer
contribute offensively with seven points. His efforts were mostly on
the defensive end of the court as he notched a new career-high with four
The Hawks have struggled with allowing opponents to score in the paint. Cincinnati scored 46 of its points in the paint, and another 20 on fast breaks. Comparatively, UMES scored just 14 inside points and four points on fast breaks.
Considering the loss, Coach Allen did see some good points in his team. "I saw some good things from the team tonight," said Allen. "We had fewer turnovers than Cincinnati, our guys played tough tonight."
UMES will have to play tough and smart over its next two games. The Hawks will face a tough University of Connecticut team December 17, and then travel to Ohio on December 22.