Hawks’ Late Lead Evaporates in Heartbreaker at Morgan State
Jan. 4, 2018

Final Stats

BALTIMORE, Maryland -

Maryland Eastern Shore mens basketball led by 18 points with 14 minutes to go but was unable to close the deal at Morgan State, falling 85-82 in Wednesday nights MEAC opener at Talmadge L. Hill Field House.

A night like this is where we really needed some experience, said Hawks head coach Bobby Collins after the heartbreaker. The guys gave a great effort, but weve got to learn how to finish.

This is a young team. We came in here against the preseason pick in our conference, and in the end we got scared. We gave them that game.

The Hawks (4-12, 0-1) led for the entire second half until the final minute of the game. With the visitors up 77-76, Martez Cameron stole the ball from Logan McIntosh (Atlanta, Georgia), setting up Tiwian Kendley for a transition layup to give the Bears (5-9, 1-0) their first lead since the 2:58 mark of the first half. McIntosh came back with an answer, taking MSUs Phillip Carr hard to the hole for a left-side layup to put the Hawks back up 79-78 with 37 seconds to play.

McIntosh then stole an inbounds pass on the defensive end to put The Shore in the drivers seat, but Ahmad Frost (Cincinnati, Ohio) missed a pair of free throws and Carr corralled the rebound for Morgan State. Kendley drew a foul in transition and went to the line to shoot a pair with 10 seconds to go. After hitting the first to tie, the All-MEAC first-teamer clanked the second off the iron but chased down his own offensive rebound. LeAndre Thomas (St. Petersburg, Florida) clotheslined Kendley in the scrum for the ball, putting him back on the line for two more. Kendley hit both to put the Bears up 81-79.



Eastern Shore turned it over before reaching the halfcourt line and Kendley hit a pair more at the line to make it a two-possession game. McIntosh then hit a desperation three with two seconds to go to make it 83-82, and after another intentional foul Kendley hit two more free throws to make it a three-point game. The Shores halfcourt heave pinballed around at the logo and MSU ran out the clock on a stunning comeback win.

Kendley finished with a game-high 28 points, including 11 inside the final two minutes. Preseason MEAC Player of the Year Carr notched his eighth double-double of the season for the Bears, pouring in 19 points and corralling 11 rebounds. David Syfax also played a big role in MSUs comeback, scoring 10 of his 13 points in the second half.

Eastern Shore led for most of a back-and-forth first half, never leading by more than six over the first 16 minutes. Then, down 32-30 with 3:34 until the break, the Hawks caught fire like they had not all season, hitting on six straight three-point attempts to go up 48-37 at the break. McIntosh connected on three of the treys, including a contested buzzer-beater from the right wing.

The Hawks started the second half just as hot. Frost converted a four-point play at the 16:39 mark and hit another three half a minute later to give The Shore a 63-45 lead. Syfax and McIntosh then traded baskets, and the Hawks lead stood at 65-47 with 14:54 to go.

Morgan State then made its move as Carr took over, scoring eight points during the Bears 16-0 run to cut the deficit from 18 to two. McIntosh hit a jumper with 6:06 left to stop the bleeding and make it 67-63, but the Hawks couldnt shake their hosts, setting up the thrilling finish.

McIntosh put the Hawks on his back with a career-high 23 points. Miryne Thomas (Cleveland, Ohio) narrowly missed a double-double in his MEAC debut with a season-best 18 points and nine boards. Ahmad Frost contributed 15 with six assists and Tyler Jones (Atlantic City, New Jersey) added 11 point.

The Hawks shot a scintillating 58 percent in the first half, including 7-of-13 from long range. Free throws proved to be Eastern Shores undoing; the Hawks connected on just 6-of-14 from the line, including 3-of-9 in the second half. Before losing, The Shore led for 35:40 on the road against the preseason MEAC favorites.

Eastern Shore now gets set for its first MEAC home game, welcoming Hampton to town on Saturday afternoon. Tip from the Hytche Athletic Center is set for 4:00 p.m. Saturdays game will be broadcast locally on flagship radio station Fox Sports 960 AM WTGM and online at EasternShoreHawks.com. Pregame coverage starts at 3:45 p.m. with Will DeBoer and Dave Byrd on the call for The Shore Sports Network.

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