PRINCESS ANNE, MD --Olatunji Kosile scored a team-high 11 points for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Saturday afternoon. The Hawks (1-18, 1-7 MEAC) fell to Howard University (6-18, 3-7 MEAC) 63-44 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play. UMES had its last win on January 19 against Delaware State, and is currently on a five-game losing skid.
Nine UMES player's scored at least two points, with a bench contributing 21 points total for the game. In comparison, Howard's bench scored just nine points. The two teams were even on the boards, with Kosile leading all players with 10 rebounds. Saturday marked Kosile's first double-double performance in the last six games.
Kosile was 3-of-6 (.500) from the field, and made 5-of-7 (.714) at the free-throw line. With few bright spots statistically, UMES did lead in four categories; the Hawks led in points in the paint, points off turnovers, second chance points, and bench points.
Kevin Mays and Kosile were major contributors to the Hawks 20 points scored in the paint. Mays notched nine points, although at least three points were from behind the three-point arc. Travis Trim added a couple of points in the paint, finishing with four points on 2-of-5 (.400) shooting.
Howard had 13 turnovers in the game, allowing UMES to capitalize on those miscues to score 16 points off turnovers. The Hawks have been crashing the boards more over the last five games, and Saturday was no different. UMES tied Howard with 40 total rebounds, but outlasted the Bison on the offensive glass.
UMES had 19 offensive boards, led mostly by Kosile with six. The Hawks scored 13 second-chance points, and tied Howard in fast break points with two.
Overall, it was a poor shooting night for UMES. In two halves,
UMES shot a lowly 27 percent from the field, and just 25 percent behind
the three-point arc. Just five times this season has UMES shot at or
below 56 percent, with Saturday's 56.3 percent being an outing tied only
one other time.
UMES will have a short time to correct its miscues, as it will head to Virginia to take on MEAC leading Norfolk State Monday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.