Hawks Fade Late as Wildcats Cruise to Win
Feb. 10, 2018

Final Stats


Maryland Eastern Shore mens basketball cut a 12-point halftime deficit to two but faded late, bowing to Bethune-Cookman 87-67 on Saturday afternoon at Moore Gymnasium.

I thought we made a valiant effort to get back into the game, said Hawks head coach Bobby Collins after the loss. A couple turnovers started a rally for them, and they just kept coming at us in waves. We just couldnt get the stop we needed when they made that run.

Were going to be fine. I like some things that we did, weve just got to do them consistently.

The Hawks (6-20, 2-9 MEAC) jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, but the Wildcats (13-12, 7-3 MEAC) went in front for good at the 12:50 mark on an Armani Collins layup. By the end of the first half Isaiah Bailey sealed the deal on a 12-point lead with a step back three from the right wing, and BCU took a 41-29 stranglehold into the locker room.

Eastern Shore came out with layups from Miryne Thomas (Cleveland, Ohio) and Colen Gaynor (Berlin, Maryland) to score the first six points of the second half, then after fading back to 11 points down got it back to 51-46 on a Tyler Jones (Atlantic City, New Jersey) jumper at the 14:39 mark.



After a Wildcat bucket, Logan McIntosh (Atlanta, Georgia) took a fastbreak feed from Gaynor for a layup and then hit two free throws to make it 55-52. BCU got one-of-two at the line from Soufiyane Diakite, then Thomas hit a jumper in the lane to get the Hawks within two at 56-54 with 11:05 to go.

The push would be short-lived, though, as Shawntrez Davis knocked down a three on the ensuing possession, kicking off an 11-0 Wildcat run to push the lead back to 67-56. Eastern Shore would never again get closer than nine, and Bethune-Cookman eventually went up 21 in the final minute.

Thomas finished with a career-high 21 points, shooting 7-of-12 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. Jones added 21 of his own, connecting on 9-of-12 attempts.

Bailey stuffed the stat sheet for the Wildcats, leading all scorers with 24 points and adding six rebounds and seven assists to boot. Davis posted a double-double with 19 points and 11 boards, while Brandon Tabb contributed 16 points with five helpers.

The Hawks shot over 50 percent for most of the second half but couldnt keep pace with the BCU attack. The Wildcats notched assists on 25 of their 31 field goals for the day.

The 20-point margin is the first game between the teams decided by double digits since the 2011-12 season. The loss is just the Hawks second by more than 10 points in MEAC play this season.

Eastern Shore continues its four-game road stretch at Howard on Monday night. Tip from Burr Gymnasium 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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