DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore mens basketball team will play its fifth Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game of the season on Saturday, as the men are set for action at Bethune-Cookman at 4 p.m. The Hawks have won just three times against BCU in the past 20 matchups and look to win at Moore Gymnasium for the first time since 2003. UMES (2-14, 0-4 MEAC) comes into the game riding a 12-game losing streak. UMES fell to BCU, 58-57, in its only match against the Wildcats last season.
UMES was down by six in the game with 1:34 to go, but six unanswered UMES points tied the game with 18 seconds left. A foul by UMES with two seconds remaining proved to be costly as BCU made the second shot in the double-bonus to claim the win. The team will need to control the glass against Bethune-Cookman (2-19, 0-6 MEAC), as the Hawks are much taller and deeper in the low post. Despite posting 30 rebounds in only two of its past six contests, UMES holds the advantage on paper.
BCU is averaging just 32.5 rpg and do not have anyone taller than 68. Senior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) has at least six boards in four of his past six games. The Hawks will look to junior KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) to once again lead the way. Jones leads the MEAC with 2.5 three-pointers a game and is among the top-10 with 15.6 ppg. Freshman Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) will control the point for the fifth consecutive game and will look to reclaim his MEAC Rookie of the Week award following the contest.
BCU is being led by Mikel Trappe and Clemmye Owens, who are averaging 10.7 and 10.0 ppg, respectively. The two are the only players on the team averaging double-digit point totals. BCU ranks last in the MEAC in scoring average (62.2 ppg) and defensive rebounds. Much like UMES, BCU relies on its three-point shooting to get the job done as Trappe and Owens are each in the top-5 in the MEAC in three-pointers made per game.
The Wildcats are shooting well from the free-throw line 70.8-percent