Hawks Fall Short at Coppin State
Jan. 29, 2018

Final Stats

BALTIMORE, Maryland -

Maryland Eastern Shore mens basketball closed out January with one more heartbreaking single digit loss, falling 71-68 at Coppin State on Monday night at the Physical Education Complex.

I thought this was one of the hardest games that we played, said Hawks head coach Bobby Collins after another close call. From the tip to the end, I was very proud of the effort.

We had a look at it, we didnt make it, but Im proud of these guys for competing and giving us a chance. Thats all I ask.

The Hawks (5-19, 1-8 MEAC) led for over 16 minutes in the first half, but Taqwain Drummond knocked down the go-ahead jumper with 37 seconds left to give the Eagles (4-19, 4-4 MEAC) a 37-36 cushion at the break. CSU stretched the lead to six early in the second session, but The Shore quickly got it back to 51-48 on a Logan McIntosh (Atlanta, Georgia) three at the 11:29 mark. The teams would never be separated by more than five points again.

After spending the whole half just a step behind, Eastern Shore finally got over the hill as McIntosh drove in for the floater and the foul with 5:40 to go. His ensuing free throw put the Hawks up 61-59. Coppin State got those two points back on a pair of Cedric Council free throws, and the teams remained conjoined at the hip the rest of the way.



With the game tied 65-65 at the 3:05 mark, Lucian Brownlee hit a go-ahead three from the right wing for the Eagles. The Hawks got back within one on a pair of McIntosh free throws, then Karonn Davis hit one of two at the CSU end to make it 69-67 with 1:39 to go.

Colen Gaynor (Berlin, Maryland) drew a foul off an offensive rebound with 1:15 on the clock but missed both free throws. Coppin State had a chance to burn time off the clock, but Lamar Morgan shuffled his feet on an ill-advised three-point attempt, giving it to the Hawks on a travel.

After a miss from deep by Ahmad Frost (Cincinnati, Ohio), Sean Hoggs (Lawrenceville, New Jersey) swooped in for the offensive board and drew contact. Hoggs drained the first to make it 69-68 but missed the second, and Davis collected the board for the Eagles. CSU ran the clock down to 15 seconds before the Hawks fouled Brownlee, who made the first but clanked the second, giving the Hawks a chance down 70-68.

After pushing a fastbreak, Hoggs had an open look from the right corner, but his would-be go-ahead three fell short off the iron and into the arms of Davis for CSU. After drawing a foul and making his first free throw to put the Eagles up 71-68, Davis shanked the second and gave kept The Shore alive with 5.2 seconds left. Frost took the gamble and drove to the basket looking for an and-one, but the defense backed off and the layup fell short as time expired.

McIntosh led all scorers with 23 points, shooting 8-of-16 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the line. Frost bounced back from two rough outings with 17 points and three assists, while Tyler Jones (Atlantic City, New Jersey) added 13.

Chad Andrews-Fulton led a balanced CSU attack with 16 points and four boards, while Davis packed the stat sheet with 12 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. Council and Brownlee each had 12.

Neither team managed double-digit leads all evening, trading five ties and six lead changes along the way. Both the Hawks and Eagles shot 8-for-23 (34.8 percent) from long range. In the end it came down to CSU hitting one more field goal (22 to 21) and one more free throw (19 to 18).

The Hawks have now lost seven in a row and finish 1-8 in the month of January. Seven of their eight losses have come by 10 points or fewer, and four have come by one possession.

After a Saturday off, Eastern Shore regroups to host Florida A&M next Monday night. Tip from the Hytche Athletic 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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