SC State Meets UMES Monday

Sunday, February 4, 2007

ORANGEBURG, SC – The South Carolina State men will be trying to win back-to-back games for only the second time this season, while the women hope to get back on the winning track Monday when they meet Maryland-Eastern Shore in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference doubleheader at Princess Anne, Md., beginning at 5:30 p.m. An account of the game can be heard on WSSB (90.3 FM) radio.

The Bulldogs (8-13, 6-5 MEAC), who won 65-58 at Howard Saturday to earn a sweep of the Bison this season, are also trying for a sweep of UMES (3-19, 0-10 MEAC), which lost 70-57 at home to North Carolina A&T on Saturday, and has yet to win an MEAC contest. The Hawks have lost five in a row and 11 of their last 12 outings.

In a Jan. 8 meeting in Orangeburg, SC State defeated UMES 61-49. A victory by the Bulldogs on Monday would give SC State consecutive wins for only the second time this year. The Bulldogs knocked off Howard 51-45 Jan. 6, two days prior to defeating the Hawks to register their only two-game win streak of 2006-07.

Seniors Brian Mason (12.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and Travis Jones (12.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg) lead a balanced SC State scoring attack. The Hawks will be led by Ed Tyson (13.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg) and Antonio McMillion (13.6 ppg, 7 rpg).

On the women’s side, SC State (5-16, 3-8 MEAC) will be trying to rebound from one of its worst conference losses in recent memory. Host Howard rolled to a surprising 85-50 victory over the Lady Bulldogs Saturday at Washington, DC. The loss was the sixth in the last nine outings for SC State, who will be trying to avert a sweep of the series by the Lady Hawks (9-13, 5-5 MEAC) on Monday. UMES won 62-53 at Orangeburg Jan. 8.

Showing the way for the Lady Bulldogs will be freshman Sophilia Hipps (11.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and JUCO transfer Brittany Baity (10.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg). UMES, which has no player in double figures in scoring, will rely on April McBride (9.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and Kristi Veltkamp (8.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg).