Hawks Lose Another Heartbreaker to N.C. Central
Jan. 23, 2018

Final Stats


Logan McIntosh (Atlanta, Georgia) scored a career-high 26 points, but Maryland Eastern Shore mens basketball again finished on the wrong side of a single-digit scoreboard, bowing to defending MEAC champions North Carolina Central 63-60 on Monday night at the Hytche Athletic Center.

Ive seen this movie before, said Hawks head coach Bobby Collins after the teams fifth single-digit MEAC loss in its first seven games. We didnt show up in the first half and we were still in the game. Once again, we missed some free throws and didnt make some plays down the stretch.

I told our team today about what makes a good steak: all those little seasonings that go on it. We had some of those seasonings tonight, but we didnt have all of them.

In another back-and-forth affair that featured seven ties and six lead changes, the Hawks (5-17, 1-6 MEAC) grabbed a 55-54 lead with 3:10 to play after a pair of free throws from Miryne Thomas (Cleveland, Ohio). That lead lasted all of 16 seconds, though, as Reggie Gardner, Jr. answered with a contested three from the right wing, putting the Eagles (11-9, 5-1 MEAC) back up 57-55.



Larry McKnight, Jr. hit a pair of free throws to make it a two-possession game at the 2:10 mark. Then after misses by each team, McIntosh hit Thomas in transition for a high-flying alley-oop dunk, electrifying the crowd and getting The Shore back within 59-57 with 1:21 to go.

N.C. Central milked the clock under a minute on their ensuing possession, and with the shot clock dying, Pablo Rivas snuck into the paint for a wraparound layup, his only basket of the game, to put the Eagles up 61-57. Ahmad Frost (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Jordan Perkins each traded a free throw to keep it a four-point game, then McIntosh drew hard contact on a left baseline drive and sank both shots to make it 62-60 Eagles with 15 seconds to go.

Gardner picked up a quick foul and hit his second of two free throws to put the visitors up 63-60, giving the Hawks a chance to tie it. Frosts step-back three from straightaway caught iron, though, and with eight-tenths of a second left McIntoshs entry pass to Cameron Bacote (Hampton, Virginia) got tipped away by the Eagles John Guerra as time expired.

McIntosh scored 18 in the second half and shot lights-out for his career-best 26 points, connecting on 8-of-12 shots, including 2-of-4 from distance, and hitting all eight of his free throw attempts. He also added three rebounds and three assists.

I told him earlier in the game that he had to be aggressive, said Collins of his senior guard. Hes got the rest of his life to rest, but hes got 11 games left in college basketball. We needed his leadership on the floor and got it tonight.

After trailing just 28-27 at halftime, the Hawks eventually slipped 12 points behind at 48-36 with 10:49 to go. McIntosh then took the reins, scoring nine straight and 11 of The Shores next 13 to get his team within four.

Miryne Thomas posted his third double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and hauling in 11 rebounds. Bacote scored all 11 of his points in the first half.

Gardner paced the Eagle attack with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-8 from deep. Raasean Davis scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, while Perkins filled the stat sheet with nine points, six rebounds, and nine assists.

Eastern Shore shot 15-of-19 from the free throw line and hit 12 of its first 13 from the stripe, but three key misses inside the final two minutes proved too much to overcome.

After a sputtering 31.3 percent clip in the first half, the Eagles lived up to their name as the best-shooting team in the MEAC, knocking down 60 percent of their shots in the final 20 minutes.

North Carolina Central has now beaten the Hawks 12 straight times dating back to the 2009-10 season. Eastern Shores last win against the Eagles came on Jan. 21, 2009 in Durham, when NCCU was transitioning from Division II to Division I. The Hawks have not beaten N.C. Central as a full member of the MEAC since the 1979-80 campaign.

Eastern Shore concludes its three-game homestand on Saturday afternoon against Howard, who knocked off both previously undefeated N.C. Central and North Carolina A&T in overtime over the weekend. Tip from the Hytche Center 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 and Dave Byrd on the call for The Shore Sports Network.

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