Aggies Teeter Past Hawks with Late Stop
Jan. 20, 2018

Final Stats

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -

Femi Olujobi hit a three-pointer with 2:13 to go and Maryland Eastern Shore mens basketball couldnt get a shot off on its last possession, falling 66-64 to North Carolina A&T State on Saturday afternoon at the Hytche Athletic Center.

Ive been singing the same song for five straight games, said Hawks head coach Bobby Collins after the narrow defeat. We just need to learn how to finish, hit our free throws, and get the stops that we need down the stretch.

We put ourselves in a position to win the game tonight, it just didnt happen. Eventually its going to happen, we just have to keep everybodys spirit up until it does.

With the game tied at 62-62, the Aggies (12-8, 5-0 MEAC) held the ball and scrambled as the shot clock wound down. Devonte Boykins found Olujobi, who serves primarily as a post player for NCAT, behind the arc on the left wing, and the Oakland transfer threw up a desperation heave that connected on nothing but net.

The Hawks (5-16, 1-5 MEAC) cut it to 65-64 on an Ahmad Frost (Cincinnati, Ohio) teardrop putback with 49 seconds left, then Logan McIntosh (Atlanta, Georgia) snared a rebound on a missed Aaren Edmead three, giving The Shore the ball down one with 11 seconds to go.


 

 

After a pair of timeouts, McIntosh took the inbound but was stripped on the perimeter by Edmead, who dribbled out to two seconds and hit one of two free throws on the other end. McIntoshs halfcourt heave fell short as time expired, and the Aggies escaped with its surprising undefeated run through the MEAC in tact.

Olujobi led the way for A&T with 17 points and six rebounds. Edmead contributed 14 points and five assists, while Davaris McGowens finished just shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine boards.

Tyler Jones (Atlantic City, New Jersey) held his own in the paint for the Hawks, scoring a game-high 18 points with six rebounds. Frost notched 15 points off the bench, including eight in a row on his first three shots before the first media timeout of the first half. McIntosh came within shouting distance of a double-double, finishing with nine points and a career high-tying 11 assists.

Neither the Hawks nor Aggies could get leverage on each other in a game that featured 11 ties and 10 lead changes. North Carolina A&T jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first three minutes, then Frost went on his eight-point run to put the Hawks in front. Eastern Shore led by as many as seven about halfway through the opening session, but the Aggies worked it back to a 32-32 tie at the break.

Jones dunk at the 13:06 mark of the second half put The Shore on top 50-45, but the Hawks could not stretch the lead larger than five, and the Aggies went back up 56-54 on a McGowens layup with 7:15 to go. The teams found themselves tied at 59-59 and 62-62 late before Olujobis big trey to put A&T on top to stay.

A 28-point loss at Savannah State notwithstanding, Eastern Shore has suffered four of its five conference losses by a combined 14 points (3.5 points per game).

Eastern Shore continues its three-game homestand on Monday night against defending regular season and tournament champions North Carolina Central, who suffered their first league defeat in overtime at Howard on Saturday. Tip from the Hytche Center is set for 7:30 p.m. Mondays game will be broadcast locally on flagship radio station Fox Sports 960 AM WTGM and online at EasternShoreHawks.com. Pregame coverage starts at 7:15 p.m. with Will DeBoer and Dave Byrd on the call for The Shore Sports Network.

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