Hawks come from behind to shock Wildcats in overtime
Feb. 13, 2017

Final Stats


The University of Maryland Eastern Shore found itself in a familiar spot on Monday night at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center, trailing Bethune-Cookman by double digits with less than 10 minutes remaining.

But just like in Daytona Beach, Florida, last month, the Hawks (9-17, 6-5 MEAC) werent finished. Eastern Shore used a 16-5 run over the final 5:25 to erase the lead and send the game to overtime.

Bakari Copeland (Decatur, Georgia) had the game-tying layup that sent the game to an extra period, 74-74 and then sank the decisive free throws at the end of OT to give The Shore an 82-81 win.

This is the way I told our guys that games are going to be every night, Hawks head coach Bobby Collins said. I coach them that way every day and they dont understand why we major in the minor things. Its because its the small things that will get you beat not boxing out, not getting the 50-50 ball. Its all those things.

But tonight we got the one stop we needed, made some big plays on the offensive end when we needed them and picked up a great win at home.



Copeland finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in 38 minutes of action. He was a force down the stretch scoring 13 points in the second half and three more in overtime all from the free throw line.

He is so talented that he doesnt know how talented he is, Collins said. I think if he turned his motor up a little bit he could do so many things. We keep challenging him to give it to us and he doesnt understand why we do it all the time. But we are going to keep challenging him until hopefully we can win a championship with him this year.

Ryan Andino (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) coming off the bench for the first time since Nov. 20 at Wichita State, scored 22 points on 6-of-13 shooting and added three rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.

Point guard Logan McIntosh (Atlanta, Georgia), who was the hero down the stretch in the last meeting, had 12 points, eight assists, four rebounds, a block and a steal.

Dontae Caldwell (Santa Ana, California) made a strong return to the court after an ankle injury forced him to miss the last two games. He scored eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and added an assist and a steal in 32 minutes off the bench.

Im extremely proud of Dontae because he played within himself, Collins said. He didnt try to come in and do too much. He did exactly what we needed him to do. He was an offensive threat. We were just a little bit better with him tonight than we have been without him.

The Wildcats (5-20, 2-9 MEAC) struggled to find an answer for the Hawks half-court traps most of the night. It resulted in 16 Bethune-Cookman turnovers and the Hawks scored 17 off of those.

We dont want to give opponents the opportunity to pick us apart on offense, Collins said. Thats why we run our 3-2 trap because once they get the ball past half court we only have to defend for 16 seconds or so.

The Hawks will next host North Carolina Central in a homecoming game on Saturday (Feb. 18) at 4 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 Saturday from the William P. Hytche Athletic Center on The Shore Sports Network.

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