University of Maryland Eastern Shore invaded the Cassell Wednesday night. The Hawks looked ready for the challenge early, leading 7-5 at the first media timeout. UMES came into the contest with a paltry 1-7 record, but you wouldn’t have guessed it judged on their start. The Hokies haven’t played in a week, but were riding high on a win against the Michigan Wolverines. Both teams had shooting woes early in the first half. The game was pretty sloppy as well, both teams had a combined seven turnovers in the first seven minutes. Former Hokie great, Ace Custis, was on hand as an assistant for the visiting Hawks. Custis was a key component during the Bill Foster days.
By the time there eight minutes left in the half, the Hokies held a 10 point advantage. The Hokies started opening it up a bit on offense, and continued forcing turnovers. The Hokies were pressing on made buckets, and the Hawks had no answers. The Hokies had built the lead up to 20 with less than three minutes left in the first. The Hokies were rolling on both sides of the court, and UMES needed to answer desperately. They didn’t, and the Hokies have the first half lead!