Maryland-Eastern Shore (1-6) vs. Portland State (3-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 27th, 5:30 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Arena Auditorium (15,000) -- Laramie, Wyoming. Television: None. Home Record: UMES 1-0, PSU 2-0. Away Record: UMES 0-5, PSU 0-2. Neutral Record: UMES 0-1, PSU 1-0. Conference Record: UMES 0-0, PSU 0-0. Series Record: Portland State leads 2-0.
GAME NOTES: The Portland State Vikings shoot for their second straight win and the fourth in the last five games today as they challenge the Hawks of Maryland-Eastern Shore in the final day of the Jim Thorpe Classic at Arena Auditorium in Laramie.
Portland State has gotten off to a 3-2 start on the season but has yet to face any real tough competition. The team crushed Louisiana Tech yesterday by a score of 66-48, by far the best defensive effort during the first five games of the 2011-12 campaign.
As for the Hawks, they are a dismal 1-6 on the season, their lone win coming against American University in overtime back on November 14 (64-62). Since then the team has bowed in five straight, including both decisions here in Laramie against Louisiana Tech on Friday (73-54), and host Wyoming yesterday (73-43).
Portland State has won both of its previous meetings with the Hawks, the most recent of those being an 89-44 thrashing at the Stott Center in 2004.
Percy Woods dropped in 18 points against Wyoming on Saturday, but it wasn't nearly enough to keep the Hawks alive as they lost by 30 points to the host school. Woods, who converted all but one of his eight field goal chances, was also second on the team with five rebounds, although he also led the team in one other category with seven turnovers, but not a single assist for a squad that shot just 35.4 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 21 times total. Through seven games Woods leads the team in both scoring (11.9 ppg) and assists (3.3 apg), although you couldn't tell from yesterday's efforts that he was regarded as the top passer on the roster. The team as a whole is scoring just 51.4 ppg and shooting 34.4 percent from the floor.
Charles Odum erupted for a game-high 27 points against Louisiana Tech on Saturday as the Vikings easily picked up the victory in their most recent outing. Odum was 9-of-14 from the floor and a perfect 9-of-9 at the free-throw line for a team that converted all but three of their 27 opportunities at the charity stripe. Chehales Tapscott had some issues from the floor (2-of-9), yet he still finished with a double-double consisting of 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, adding three blocked shots and four steals for good measure. Even though he has converted just one of his 15 tries from three-point range, Odum is still the top scorer for the team with 16.0 ppg thanks to a 29-of-30 effort at the charity stripe. Tapscott is averaging a double-double through five games with 13.6 points and an even 10.0 rebounds per outing.
The Vikings may not be world beaters, but they can at least take care of the weaker squads that have been invited to take part in this tournament, and today should be no exception.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Portland State 74, Maryland-Eastern Shore 52
11/27 10:31:56 ET