Hawks Falter Late against Bethune-Cookman
Jan. 9, 2018

Final Stats

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -

A nine-point lead with 5:34 to play evaporated in three minutes for Maryland Eastern Shore mens basketball as Bethune-Cookman came back to steal an 89-84 win on Monday night at the Hytche Athletic Center.

That wasnt our team out there tonight, said Hawks head coach Bobby Collins after the disappointing finish. The guys that we needed to step up for us didnt make the plays that we needed.

Weve got to play hard for 40 minutes. We were not focused during the last two minutes, and weve got to get better at that.

The Hawks (5-13, 1-2) played in front for most of the second half, and Colen Gaynors (Berlin, Maryland) jumper with 5:34 to play built the lead to 76-67. It took the Wildcats (8-9, 3-0) under three minutes to flip the score in their favor. Isaiah Bailey drove in for a layup to get the ball rolling, then after a missed three, Shawntrez Davis drew contact down low. Davis hit the first, then Soufiyane Diakite tipped the rebound off the missed second shot out to Brandon Tabb, who drained a three to cut the deficit to 76-73 with 4:11 to play.

Davis and Bailey each hit one-of-two free throws over the next minute to trim it to 76-75. Eastern Shore finally had an answer on the offensive end as Miryne Thomas (Cleveland, Ohio) took a feed from Logan McIntosh (Atlanta, Georgia) for a layup to make it 78-75. Tabb responded by draining the game-tying three from the left wing after taking hard contact. The preseason first-team All-MEAC selection calmly hit the ensuing free throw, completing a four-point play to put the Wildcats on top 79-78 with 2:36 to go.


 

 

The Hawks came up empty on their next possession and Davis tipped in his own missed shot to pad the lead. Bailey then took over for the Wildcats, hitting a pair of free throws and converting a three-point play to essentially put it away at 86-81 with a minute to go. BCU built their lead as large as eight in the final seconds and finished the game on a 22-8 clip.

After managing just 11 and 12 points in a pair of losses against The Shore last season, Tabb busted out for a game-high 28 points, hitting 7-of-14 exclusively from three-point range and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Diakite cracked 20 points and hoisted down 11 rebounds for his second straight double-double, and Bailey added 18 points off the bench.

Ahmad Frost (Cincinnati, Ohio) followed up a 33-point performance on Saturday with a team-best 21. McIntosh scored 17 points and dished out eight assists, transitioning from primary scorer to distributor after halftime.

A seesaw first half featured four ties and 11 lead changes, and the Hawks held a 41-40 lead when the dust settled. After letting Bethune-Cookman tie it at 54-54 with 15:16 to go, The Shore got a big three-pointer from Cameron Bacote (Hampton, Virginia). The teams went-back-and-forth over the next three minutes, then Frost drained a deep three and hit another two to make it 68-60 with 10:19 to play.

The Wildcats worked it back to one at the 7:19 mark before Eastern Shore took off on an 8-0 run that appeared to seal the deal at 76-67, setting up the visitors last laugh.

Bethune-Cookman shot 80 percent from the free throw line (24-of-30), hitting all 13 attempts in the first half. The Wildcats came in as the worst free throw shooting team in the MEAC.

The Hawks continued their hot shooting, hitting at 49.2 percent (30-of-61) from the floor to up their three-game MEAC total to 49.7 percent (93-of-187).

The Shore finds itself 1-2 in MEAC play despite leading for 92:58 out of a possible 120 minutes, or 77.4 percent of the time, through their first three league games.

Eastern Shore will begin a two-game southern road swing at Savannah State on Saturday afternoon. Tip from Tiger Arena is set for 4 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 on the call for The Shore Sports Network.

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