The Shore tops FAMU, wins second-straight in Sunshine State
Jan. 24, 2017

Final Stats

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore got out front by as many as 21 points against Florida A&M University at the Lawson Center, but wound up clinging to a four-point lead with 54 seconds left before coming out on top 86-79 for its third Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory of the season.

I have to go and apologize to my team because I told them to play solid and they were doing that, Head coach Bobby Collins said. I told them to rebound and they were doing that. I told them to make the simple plays and they were doing that. I said dont do anything crazy and start a run for them and I got a technical foul, which started the run for them.

After the Rattlers (4-15, 2-4 MEAC) whittled the lead down to four, Senior Bakari Copeland (Decatur, Georgia) was 2-for-2 from the line and junior Ryan Andino (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) was 3-for-4 to help put it away.

We hit our free throws down the stretch, Collins said. We made the right plays and made some tough plays. Im just proud to be out here on the road and get these two wins. To come down here and play in Florida and get two wins is big. Its a tough environment and Im just proud of our guys.


 

 

The Hawks (6-14, 3-2 MEAC) finished the game 17-of-25 from the line (68 percent), shot 49 percent from the field in the game and outrebounded the Rattlers 37-34.

My theory is hit your free throws, finish down low and defend, Collins said. We did a better job of defending tonight and we did a better job of hitting our free throws and finishing down low.

Copeland came within two points of his career high pouring in 25 to lead all scorers. He also grabbed three rebounds, dished out four assists and picked up two steals in 26 minutes.

Graduate student Derrico Peck (Atlanta, Georgia) stepped up to score a career-high 15 points — including four dunks and pulled down a game-high seven rebounds.

We have been challenging Rico to really step up and be more assertive and not run from the basketball, Collins said. Hes got to be a threat and tonight he was much more assertive and Im just proud of him especially in his last season that hes having a game like this.

The Hawks actually pushed the lead out to 14 in the first half before the Rattlers chopped it to five with 4:41 to go before the break. But a pair of 3 pointers by Andino helped push the lead back to double digits.

Junior Ryan Andino (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) finished with 17 points, while sophomore Isaac Taylor (Wachapreague, Virginia) added nine points and five boards.

The Hawks will next host South Carolina State Saturday at 4 p.m.

The most important game of the season is Saturday because its the next game on the schedule, Collins said. We just have to go in prepared and take care of home court.

Games can be heard locally on Fox Sports Radio 960 AM WTGM or on www.EasternShoreHawks.com. Will DeBoer and David Byrd will have the call Saturday from the William P. Hytche Center on The Shore Sports Network.

Season tickets for the 2016-2017 season are on sale now starting at just $125, for all mens and womens home games. Did you know that a purchasing a season ticket helps all sports at Maryland Eastern Shore, not just basketball?  To purchase season tickets, click here. For more information about the 1ticKet Drive, log on to the web at easternshorehawks.com or call 410-651-6499.  Its time to show your #HawkPride!

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