Cheeseman, UMES visit SC St.
Maryland Eastern Shore (2-17, 1-3) vs. South Carolina State (8-8, 3-1)
Smith-Hammond-Middleton Center, Orangeburg, South Carolina; Monday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Two senior forwards will be on display as AJ Cheeseman and Maryland Eastern Shore will go up against Damani Applewhite and South Carolina State. Cheeseman is averaging 12.8 points over the last five games. Applewhite is averaging 18.6 points over the last five games.
TALE OF TWO ROSTERS: South Carolina State has been fueled by senior leadership this year while Maryland Eastern Shore has leaned on freshmen. Seniors . On the other bench, freshmen Cheeseman, Da’Shawn Phillip and Glen Anderson have combined to account for 32 percent of the team’s scoring this year and have scored 40 percent of all Hawks points over their last five.
MEAC IMPROVEMENT: The Bulldogs have scored 81 points per game against MEAC opponents thus far, an improvement from the 63.5 per game they managed in non-conference play.ACCURATE APPLEWHITE: In 16 appearances this season, South Carolina State’s Applewhite has shot 53.7 percent.
WINLESS WHEN: Maryland Eastern Shore is 0-17 when scoring fewer than 64 points and 2-0 when scoring at least 64.
FLOOR SPACING: Maryland Eastern Shore’s Phillip has attempted 98 3-pointers and connected on 20.4 percent of them, and is 3 for 23 over his last five games.
LIGHTER INTENSITY: Maryland Eastern Shore’s defense has forced 14.6 turnovers per game this year, but is averaging 10.4 turnovers over its last five games.