Hawks Close Road Swing with Loss at N.C. A&T
Feb. 19, 2018

Final Stats

GREENSBORO, North Carolina -

Maryland Eastern Shore mens basketball stayed competitive but could never put the pressure on North Carolina A&T, falling 78-69 on Monday night at the Corbett Sports Center.

After an initial bout that saw the teams trade several ties and lead changes, the Aggies (17-11, 10-3 MEAC) eventually pushed ahead on a pair of Denzel Keyes floaters from the paint, turning a 16-16 tie into a 20-16 lead at the 12:36 mark of the first half. A&T eventually went up six, but the Hawks (6-23, 2-12 MEAC) surged back to take a 27-26 lead on a LeAndre Thomas (St. Petersburg, Florida) layup. A pair of free throws put the Aggies back on top moments later and kicked off a 17-6 run to end the first half, putting the Hawks in a 43-33 hole.

N.C. A&T threatened to blow it out of the water, pushing the lead to 50-36 with 16:23 to go in the second half, but The Shore kept its chin up and never let the game devolve into a laugher. Logan McIntosh (Atlanta, Georgia) got loose for a layup and Tyler Jones (Atlantic City, New Jersey) nailed a jumper in the paint on back-to-back possessions, then Ahmad Frost (Cincinnati, Ohio) sprinted ahead for a fastbreak bucket to make it an eight-point game at 50-42 with 15:42 to go.

The Aggie lead would accordion between eight and 12 for the next 12 minutes. Jones knocked down a three from the right wing to finally get the Hawks within 72-66 at the 3:11 mark. Kameron Langley responded with a pair of free throws, and A&T kept Eastern Shore at an arms length the rest of the way.


 

 

Jones parlayed a strong second half into a 21-point night, adding six rebounds and two assists to his ledger. McIntosh broke out of a slump with 19 points, eight boards, and six helpers. LeAndre Thomas finished with one of his strongest games of the season, scoring nine points off the bench and blocking three shots in the first half.

Keyes led the aggies with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Langley and Aaren Edmead each poured in 15. A&T shot 51.9 percent from the floor in the game, including a blistering 18-for-31 (58.1 percent) in the first half.

The loss drops the Hawks to 0-18 in true road games this season with no more road games on the docket. Eastern Shore is just 1-19 away from the Hytche Center.

N.C. A&T put a cherry on top of its turnaround season by finishing 12-0 at home, its first undefeated year at the Corbett Center since 1982-83.

Eastern Shore now returns home for its final two games of the season, starting on Saturday afternoon against Norfolk State. Tip from the Hytche Center is set for 4 p.m. Saturdays Homecoming game will be broadcast locally on flagship radio station Fox Sports 960 AM WTGM and online at EasternShoreHawks.com. Pregame coverage starts at 3:45 p.m. with Will DeBoer and Dave Byrd on the call for The Shore Sports Network.

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