Hawks finish regular season with win against Morgan State
March 3, 2017

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PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has big momentum heading into next weeks Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament after picking up a 67-66 victory over MEAC No. 3 Morgan State on senior night to finish out the season in style.

Senior Bakari Copeland (Decatur, Georgia) led the Hawks with 18 points — including the game-tying 3-pointer with 1:11 left — grabbed seven rebounds and dished out an assist.

I just wanted to pull out another win for the home crowd, Copeland said. I had a lot of family out here and I wanted to send all of my senior along with my teammates out with a bang. We have good momentum heading into the tournament on Monday, so we are looking forward to it.

While it was a big night for the seniors, sophomore Dontae Caldwell (Santa, Ana, California) followed up Copelands late 3-pointer with one of his own — the eventual game winner which put the Hawks up for good 67-64 with just 31 second left.

Coach always says big-time players make big-time plays, Copeland said. That was a big-time play for me along with Dontae. Thats a big shot for him being a sophomore and having the confidence to take that shot. We have confidence in all our players, so were not surprised by it.


 

 

Caldwell finished with 12 points, eight rebounds a pair of assists, a block and a steal.

The game was the final in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center for Copeland and fellow seniors Marc Seylan (Paris, France), Thomas Rivera (Harlem, New York) and Derrico Peck (Atlanta, Georgia).

The quartet finished the night with 33 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and a steal.

The Hawks (12-19, 9-7 MEAC) hold the No. 5 seed in next weeks MEAC Tournament and will face MEAC No. 12 seed North Carolina A&T for a third time this season, on Monday (March 6) at 5 p.m. at the Scope in Norfolk Virginia.

Were not taking anybody for granted, Copeland said. We took Morgan State for granted last year because we beat them twice and we cant let that happen again.

Ryan Andino (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) had 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Hawks who shot a better percentage from the field (53 percent) than on the free throw line (50 percent), and got outrebounded 40-29, but still pulled out the win.

With the loss, the Bears (14-15, 11-5 MEAC) finish in third place in the conference just behind Norfolk State.

The Hawks have won the last five regular season meetings between the two teams, but Morgan State eliminated Eastern Shore, 65-58, from the 2016 MEAC Tournament in Norfolk, Virginia.

Games can be heard locally on Fox Sports Radio 960 AM WTGM or on www.EasternShoreHawks.com. Will DeBoer will have the call Monday from The Scope on The Shore Sports Network.

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