ATHENS, OH - Maryland Eastern Shore allowed 51 first half points to Ohio, 24 of which came from behind the three-point line. The Hawks Louis Bell posted 12 first half points, a team-high, on 4-of-5 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Bell finished with a game-high 20 points as the UMES fell 93-57 to Ohio University.
UMES struggled taking care of the ball, committing 16 first half turnovers. The Hawks allowed Ohio University to score 23 first half points off turnovers, and 30 points from the bench. It finished with 24 turnovers compared to just nine made by the Bobcats, which resulted in 30 total points being scored off turnovers for the game.
The Hawks marked a point for each Ohio turnover, and scored half as many points in the paint with 20 points total. Kevin Mays and Ronald Spencer did much of that scoring. Mays scored 12 points, while Spencer finished the day with eight points. Mays had a game-high seven rebounds
UMES has struggled through its first 10 games with allowing points in the paint, which in the first half UMES controlled. Ohio held a slight advantage in the points-in-the-paint category, edging the Hawks 12-10 in the first half and finishing 40-20 in Ohio's favor.
To the Hawks credit, it won the rebounding battle 14-5 in the first half, and lost the overall battle by three rebounds (28-25). Kevin Mays held a team-high at intermission with three. Furthermore, UMES had its best shooting of any half this season, making 58 percent (11-of-19) of its attempts from the field.
Returning to the floor after halftime, UMES showed a glimmer of a
comeback as it cut the Ohio lead to 19 points on a jumper by Bell. He
would finish with a season-high 20 points, making an impressive 6-of-8
(.750) from behind the three-point line. "He's (Bell) doing what we ask,
and knocking down big shots," said head coach Frankie Allen.
"Lou has really stepped up for us the last couple of games, and is our most consistent three-point shooter," Allen concluded.
The Hawks finished with an average of 66 percent from behind the line, and 53 percent for the game. UMES will compete in just one more non-conference game when it travels to American University January 3.
UMES defeated the Eagles 64-62 in the 2011-12 season, and open with American for the 2013 season. Following that game, the Hawks will go into its full Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule. Norfolk State will be the first to visit UMES on January 12.