Hawks take fight to Colonials, but fall late
Bakari Copeland drives against George Washington.
Nov. 12, 2016

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Senior Bakari Copeland (Decatur, Georgia) poured in 21 points including 14 in the second half and grabbed four rebounds as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (0-1) dropped a close season opener at George Washington 75-71.

Eastern Shore trailed 51-33 with 11:21 to go in the game, but applied full-court pressure and chipped away at that lead. A 3-pointer by Tyler Jones cut the lead to just 7 (69-62) with 2:24 to go and Ryan Andinos 3 with 1:25 left brought The Shore within four at 71-67.

But George Washington (1-0) closed out the game on the free throw line with Yuta Watababe hitting four free throw in the final 23 seconds.

That was a very good basketball we just played and we just dug ourselves too deep of a hole, head coach Bobby Collins said. I thought our guys really fought. They showed some character. I told them at the end of the game now you have proven to me that you can play hard you have to do it all the time. That is the way we want to play throughout the whole year.

The Hawks only lead of the game came at 4-2 in the opening minutes, but they stayed within striking distance for much of the first half until a late Colonials run put them up 32-22 at the break.

Coming out of the half GW grabbed the momentum pushing the lead to as many as 18 points. But Eastern Shore went small with the lineup and employed full-court pressure to help cut into the lead.

We had a number of guys on the bench that were fresh and Bakari Copeland really carried us for a while, Collins said. We got some stops and got back into the game. We just didnt get the one stop we needed.

The Colonials went 8 minutes of the second half without a field goal until a Patrick Steeves dunk off the press break, but over that time they hit 16 free throws. They were 24-of-27 from the line in the second half and 29-of-34 for the game.

Thats a mark of a good team, Collins said. Those guys hit their free throws when it mattered and we couldnt get the lead.

The final stretch came without Copeland on the floor after he fouled out with 4:58 remaining.

It was just being aggressive, but Im not worried about that, Copeland said. I know the people off the bench are getting us hyped even if Im out of the game. Its next man up.

Ryand Andino (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) added 11 points, while Thomas Rivera (Harlem, New York) scored 10. Derrico Peck (Atlanta, Georgia) scored eight points and led the team with six rebounds.

The Hawks will host University of Maryland Baltimore County on Sunday, (Nov. 13) at 4 p.m.

The UMBC team is a very scrappy team, Collins said. They shoot the ball as well as George Washington does and they can shoot it one through five. We are going to have our work cut out. Hopefully well have the home-court advantage and our fans come out and support us.

All 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 Sunday on the Hawks Sports Radio Network.

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