Spartans Stifle Hawk Comeback on Homecoming
Feb. 24, 2018

Final Stats

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -

Playing in their first home game in almost three weeks, Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball couldn't get over the hump for a would-be comeback, falling 74-63 to Norfolk State on Homecoming Saturday at the Hytche Athletic Center.

"Tonight we got beat on second chance opportunities," said Hawks head coach Bobby Collins after the loss. "We allowed them too many extra chances, and they got some easy baskets off of that.

"My hat goes off to [Spartans head coach Robert Jones]. He did a very good job of having his team prepared, but we just didn't get it done, especially as far as rebounding."

The Spartans (12-17, 10-4 MEAC) pulled ahead early in the first half, eventually riding a couple Stavian Allen free throws to a 31-20 lead with 3:58 before the break. On the Hawks' (6-24, 2-13 MEAC) next possession, Ahmad Frost (Cincinnati, Ohio) had the ball at the top of the circle with the and calmly hoisted up a deep three with the shot clock expiring. Cameron Bacote (Hampton, Virginia) followed it up with a trey of his own the next time down, trimming the deficit to 31-26. Eastern Shore got the final say in the half as Colen Gaynor (Berlin, Maryland) connected from deep in the corner to cut the NSU lead to 33-30 at the gun.


 

 

Tyler Jones (Atlantic City, New Jersey) laid one in to start the second half to get The Shore within one, but Norfolk State got back-to-back layups from Preston Bungei to push the lead back to 37-32 at the 17:58 mark. The Spartan lead accordioned between two and six points over the next seven minutes, then with the Hawks down 52-47, Jones muscled down low for a three-point play to cut it to two. Dan Robinson flicked one in for NSU, but Frost knocked down a three on the Eastern Shore end to make it 54-53 with 9:59 to go.

Derrik Jamerson, Jr. answered the call for the Spartans with a three, sparking an 8-1 push that effectively sealed the deal for Norfolk State. The 62-54 lead eventually became 67-57, and the Hawks couldn't muster another rally late.

Jones led all scorers with 21 points for the Hawks, his second straight 21-point outing and fifth 20-plus point game of the season. The sophomore shot 8-of-17 from the floor, including 8-of-12 from inside the arc, and hoisted down four rebounds on the way to earning the Jesse T. Williams Award for the top Homecoming performance of the year.

Bacote finished with 10 points, while Logan McIntosh (Atlanta, Georgia) and Frost each notched eight and combined for 13 assists.

Bungei paced the Spartans offensively with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Steven Whitley came off the bench to pack the box score, scoring 14 points with eight rebounds and seven assists.

Eastern Shore will host its final game of the regular season, welcoming Delaware State to town for Senior Night on Monday. Tip from the Hytche Center is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday's 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 and Dave Byrd on the call for The Shore Sports Network.

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