McIntosh Lifts Hawks Past Rattlers at Gun
Feb. 6, 2018

Final Stats


Logan McIntosh (Atlanta, Georgia) hit a pair of free throws with 6.4 seconds left and Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball made one last defensive stand to beat Florida A&M 62-61 on Monday night at the Hytche Athletic Center. The win snaps the Hawks' (6-19, 2-8 MEAC) seven-game losing streak.

"It was about time for the ball to fall our way," said Hawks head coach Bobby Collins after the win. "I'm just proud of the team. I feel like we willed our way to this win. It's been a long time coming."

With the Rattlers (4-22, 3-7 MEAC) up 61-60, the Hawks had the chance to inbound with 14.8 seconds to go. McIntosh took the ball at the top of the circle and drove down the left post, drawing hard contact from FAMU's Nasir Cole. The senior calmly stepped to the line and sank the tying and go-ahead free throws. The Shore then held fast on defense, forcing Marcus Barham to clang an off-balance floater strong off the iron to preserve the victory.

"I told Logan that we're going to live and die by him," said Collins, confirming that the last play was drawn up for his upperclass leader from the start. McIntosh finished with 13 points and shot 7-of-9 from the charity stripe.



Eastern Shore held a 26-21 lead after a slog of a first half, then Florida A&M's Desmond Williams netted his team's first six points after the break, helping the Rattlers tie it at 31-31 and 33-33 in the first four minutes. The Hawks then surged back to a seven-point cushion with Ahmad Frost (Cincinnati, Ohio) nailing a three to make it 42-35 with 13:45 to go.

FAMU worked its way back to tie it at 44-44 and 47-47, then Justin Ravenel rolled in a pair of free throws to give the Rattlers their first lead of the second half at the 7:35 mark. The Rattlers eventually pushed the lead to 57-52 with 4:08 to go, but Frost nailed one from deep to make it a two-point game, and McIntosh attacked for an and-one to tie it and the free throw to put the Hawks up 58-57 at the 2:00 mark.

Barham tipped it back in the Rattlers' favor with a layup at 1:46, then Williams hit the front end of a pair of free throws to make it 60-58 with 1:21 to go. Miryne Thomas (Cleveland, Ohio) then knocked down a jumper with 53 seconds left to tie it at 60-60. Florida A&M got one more free throw from Williams to retake a one-point lead, setting up McIntosh's heroics at the gun.

Frost led all scorers with 19 points, including three treys. After missing last Monday's game at Coppin State, Thomas returned and posted his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Williams and Ravenel each had 17 points to lead the Rattlers, while Barham added 15.

The teams stayed joined at the hip for the entire night with neither side clearing a lead of more than seven. The Hawks and Rattlers traded nine ties and 12 lead changes.

The Hawks are now 1-7 in MEAC games decided by 10 or fewer points and 1-4 in league games that came down to one possession.

Eastern Shore now sets out for a four-game road stretch, starting Saturday afternoon at Bethune-Cookman. Tip from Moore Gymnasium is set for 4 p.m. Monday's game will be broadcast locally on flagship radio station Fox Sports 960 AM WTGM and online at Pregame coverage starts at 3:45 p.m. with Will DeBoer on the call for The Shore Sports Network.

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