Hawks Smother Hornets in Regular Season Finale
Feb. 27, 2018

Final Stats

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -

Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball wrapped up the regular season with a 59-47 win over Route 13 archrivals Delaware State on Monday night at the Hytche Athletic Center.

"Well, that was some ugly basketball," said Hawks head coach Bobby Collins after the low-scoring defensive slog. "We won the game, and it was a long time coming. I'm happy about this win."

The Hawks (7-24, 3-13 MEAC) went over seven minutes before their first field goal and allowed the Hornets (3-27, 1-14 MEAC) to build a 9-3 lead at the 13:42 mark of the first half. Eastern Shore chugged ahead from there, though, going on a 20-4 run over the next nine minutes. Logan McIntosh (Atlanta, Georgia) drained a three at the 4:57 mark to give his team a 23-13 lead, and the Hawks took a 25-17 cushion into the break.

Largely behind the inside presence of Tyler Jones (Atlantic City, New Jersey), the Hawks kept DSU stiff-armed for most of the second half. The Hornets never got closer than seven, and Eastern Shore stretched the lead as large as 18.


 

 

Jones clocked in for his best all-around game of the season, finishing with 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead all comers. The double-double was Jones' second of the season after a 13-point, 11-board performance against Jackson State in the Emerald Coast Classic. Jones has scored 21 points in three consecutive games and finished the MEAC season averaging 15.1 points in conference play.

"Absolutely, he's coming into his own at the right time," said Collins. "When we've got an inside presence and know we can go to him, we're a better team. There's no better time than now."

Cameron Bacote (Hampton, Virginia) notched double-digit points for the second straight game, contributing 11 off the bench.

Maryland Eastern Shore honored a pair of seniors before their final home games. McIntosh finished with five points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one electrifying chase-down block on a Saleick Edwards layup, which set up a Jones dunk on the other end.

Walk-on senior Najee Fitzgerald (Baltimore, Maryland) made his second start of the season and played three minutes combined at the start and end of the game, scoring a layup in the final seconds for his only Hytche Center points of the season.

Simon Okolue led the Hornets with 12 points and eight boards off the bench, while Marquis Collins chipped in 10.

The Hawks held DSU to 30.4 percent (17-for-56) shooting for the game. The 47 points allowed are the fewest The Shore has given up since holding Navy to 46 on Dec. 13, 2014.

Eastern Shore is done for the regular season and with a win clinched the 12-seed in next week's MEAC Tournament. The Hawks will play the five-seed at approximately 9 p.m. next Monday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. Pregame coverage for the First Round will begin at approximately 8:45 with Will DeBoer on the call for The Shore Sports Network.

The Shore will face whoever draws the short straw in the current five-way tie for first place between Bethune-Cookman, Hampton, North Carolina A&T, Norfolk State, and Savannah State. The rest of the league plays their final game on Thursday night, at which time the tournament bracket will be finalized and revealed.

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