Hawks Keep It Close in Second Half at Hoyas
Nov. 18, 2017

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Maryland Eastern Shore mens basketball fell behind by 21 points at halftime but battled in the second half at Georgetown, falling 83-57 on Saturday afternoon at Capital One Arena.

Eastern Shore (1-2) took a 40-19 deficit into the break but lost the second half by just a 43-38 margin, never letting Georgetown (3-0) blow it completely out of the water.

The second half was a little more of what we have to be, said Hawks head coach Bobby Collins after the game. Were starting to come around into our own. Im getting a better understanding of what I have, and I was pleased with our effort in the second half.

The Hoyas seized control from the beginning, jumping out to a 10-0 lead in the first three-and-a-half minutes before the Hawks could get a bucket. An easy layup inside by Preseason Kareem Abdul-Jabbar watch list center Jessie Govan put the home side up 35-8 with 7:14 to go before the break, giving Georgetown its largest lead of the first half.

The Hawks made a surge out of the halftime locker room to make things interesting again. After a layup by Marcus Derrickson made it 42-19 Hoyas, Miryne Thomas (Cleveland, Ohio) responded with a bruising layup down low. Thomas again hit an easy shot to make it 42-23 at the 17:43 mark, forcing the Hoyas to call a timeout and regroup.

After the timeout, Ahmad Frost (Cincinnati, Ohio) drove hard to the basket for two, then a block by Tyler Jones (Atlantic City, New Jersey) of the Hoyas Jahvon Blair led to a pair of Colen Gaynor (Berlin, Maryland) free throws. On the next possession, Jones missed a jumper but got the carom for his own rebound and drove into the paint for a layup, capping a 10-0 run that got the Hawks within 42-29 with 16:14 to play.

That was the high watermark for The Shore, though, as Georgetown pushed the lead back to 20 with a 7-0 run over the next minute, punctuated by a Blair three-pointer to make it 49-29. The Hoyas led by as many as 28 toward the end but a Jones layup with 20 seconds to go gave the game its final margin.

Miryne Thomas turned in an impressive debut after missing the first two games with a concussion, scoring a team-high 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting with five rebounds and two steals to boot.

Hes going to be special, said Collins of the freshman forward from Cleveland. Hes still trying to get his legs under him, get in game shape, but I was very pleased with him today.

Frost heated up in the second half and finished with 14 points, while Jones added 12 points with eight rebounds and two blocks. Cameron Bacote (Norfolk, Virginia) was quiet on the scoreboard, scoring just seven points, but dished out seven assists to lead the Hawks.

Kaleb Johnson poured in a career-high 24 for the Hoyas, including 19 in the first half. Govan recorded his third straight double-double to begin the year, scoring 23 points with 14 boards.

The Hawks won the turnover battle, forcing 12 Hoya miscues while only giving the ball away themselves seven times.

Eastern Shore resumes its five-game, 11-day road trip by heading back to Western New York for the rescheduled matchup at St. Bonaventure on Monday. Last Wednesdays game against the Bonnies was postponed due to a power failure. Tip from the Reilly Center is set for 7 p.m. Mondays game will be broadcast locally on flagship radio station Fox Sports 960 AM WTGM and online at EasternShoreHawks.com. Pregame coverage starts at 6:45 p.m. with Will DeBoer on the call for The Shore Sports Network.



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