The Shore gives Norfolk a scare before falling 75-69
Feb. 11, 2017

Final Stats

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore certainly made things interesting at Joseph G. Echols Hall on Saturday night, leading most of the first half and as late as 3:48 left, before finally falling 75-69.

"That's a typical MEAC game," Hawks head coach Bobby Collins said. "The team that makes the most plays and makes the last play is going to be the team that is successful. We came in this very hostile environment -- probably one of the best environments that we have had in the league thus far -- and we gave ourselves a chance.

"We just couldn't get a couple of shots that we needed. I'm just proud of our guys. We fought."

The Hawks (8-17, 5-5 MEAC) saw both Isaac Taylor (Wachapreague, Virginia) and Thomas Rivera (Harlem, New York) foul out and were without both Dontae Caldwell (Santa Ana, California) and Michael Chambers (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) who were out with injuries.

Eastern Shore dressed just nine players including freshman Montraz Oliver (Princess Anne, Maryland), who hasn't played a minute all season and is expected to redshirt.


 

 

"It was very unfortunate that we had only eight guys to go to," Collins said. "We got a little short of bodies. We were in a little bit of foul trouble and we played a little more zone than we wanted to, but we had to do that based on our foul trouble."

Senior Bakari Copeland (Decatur, Georgia) finished with 22 points -- 20 in the second half -- and five rebounds in 21 minutes after playing just four minutes in the first half because of foul trouble.

"We challenged him and I challenged him hard," Collins said. "I really wish he would have gotten a few more rebounds. If he does that for us we are going to be fine. There were a couple of plays where we saw rebounds he could have gotten that might have been the difference in the game. But he came out and gave us a chance."

Freshman Tyler Jones (Atlantic City, New Jersey) chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Twelve of his points came in the first half with Copeland on the bench.

"We know what he is capable of and we expect that from him," Collins said. "We just want it consistently, but he's a freshman. He gave us some good positive minutes and he's going to be a very good player."

The Spartans (12-13, 8-2 MEAC) have now won eight straight.

Junior Ryan Andino (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) finished with nine points on 3-of-15 shooting from behind the arc and 3-of-18 overall. Derrico Peck (Atlanta, Georgia) had eight points and nine rebounds off the bench.

The Hawks will next host Bethune-Cookman on Monday (Feb. 13) at 7:30 p.m.

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 Monday from the William P. Hytche Athletic Center on The Shore Sports Network.

Season tickets for the 2016-2017 season are still on sale starting at just $125, for all men's and women's 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.  It's time to show your #HawkPride!

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