Bison Stampede Past Hawks in Second Half
Jan. 27, 2018

Final Stats

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -

Maryland Eastern Shore mens basketball led for almost 30 minutes to start the game, but Howard got it together late and surged past the Hawks 85-75 on Saturday afternoon at the Hytche Athletic Center.

That was a very good shooting basketball team, said Hawks head coach Bobby Collins after the loss. They made every shot that they needed to make down the stretch. We had a chance, Im proud of my guys for competing and not giving up.

The Hawks (5-18, 1-7 MEAC) scored the first six points of the game and went up by as many as nine in the first half, but the Bison (6-17, 3-4 MEAC) had it within one possession with the clock ticking down to halftime despite getting little production from scoring tandem R.J. Cole and Charles Williams. Logan McIntosh (Atlanta, Georgia) then took control for The Shore, stepping back for a jumper with 18 seconds left to make it 44-39 Hawks at the break.

The teams traded back-and-forth blows in the first eight minutes of the second half as Howard couldnt get closer than four and Eastern Shore couldnt get up by more than seven. With 11:20 to play, though, Williams managed a transition layup to cut the Bison deficit to 59-58. Cameron Bacote (Hampton, Virginia) and Miryne Thomas (Cleveland, Ohio) hooked up for an alley-oop at the other end, but Williams responded with a three at the 10:15 mark to tie it at 61-61, the first tie since the opening tip.


 

 

Dalique Mingo hit one-of-two free throws to give the Bison their first lead at 62-61, and Cole drained a trey to put Howard up by two possessions with 9:07 to go. Tyler Jones (Atlantic City, New Jersey) responded with four straight for the Hawks, tying it at 65-65 with a pair of free throws at the 8:19 mark.

Neither side could get separation over the next four minutes, but with 4:01 to go Williams sank another jumper to put Howard up 76-73. Then after a Jones miss from distance, Cole took a feed from Cameron Lewis and delivered a knockdown blow from three, giving the Bison their largest lead at 79-73 with 3:03 left.

The Hawks never again got within one possession, and after a McIntosh jumper to make it 79-75 they never scored again. Cole and Williams each knocked down pairs of free throws as Howard iced it with a 6-0 run over the final 2:55.

Miryne Thomas recorded his second straight double-double, scoring 17 points and hauling in 10 rebounds to lead The Shore. McIntosh also netted 17 to go along with four rebounds and eight assists.

Jones added 15 points, while Colen Gaynor (Berlin, Maryland) contributed 10 off the bench.

Cole, whose 23.4 points per game rank sixth in the nation, upped his average with a game-high 28, including 19 in the second half. Reigning MEAC Freshman of the Year Williams scored 16 of his 19 points over the final 20 minutes.

Kyle Foster notched 13 points off the bench, including 11 in a first half that saw Cole off his game and Williams in foul trouble, keeping the Bison within striking distance early. Lewis and Zion Cousins each had nine.

The Shore opened the game on a blistering 58.1 percent first half shooting clip (18-for-31), including 8-of-15 from beyond the arc. They finished shooting 50 percent from the floor, while the Bison shot north of 50 in both halves and finished the game at a 53.6 mark (30-for-56).

The Hawks have now lost six in a row and have already matched last seasons total with seven MEAC losses, including six by 10 points or fewer.

Eastern Shore now makes a quick jaunt up to Baltimore for a Monday night showdown at Coppin State. Tip from the Physical Education Complex 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 on the call for The Shore Sports Network.

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