Hawks Falter in First, Bonnies Pour It On Late
Nov. 20, 2017

Final Stats

ALLEGANY, New York - -

A sloppy first half led to a long night for the Maryland Eastern Shore mens basketball team, who fell 96-48 at St. Bonaventure on Monday night at Reilly Center.

We were outmanned, said Hawks head coach Bobby Collins. They were bigger, stronger. They did a very good job of taking us out of our offense early. Weve just got to make plays, and I told our guys weve just got to play tougher. Were a better team than that and we just need to get some leadership.

Both teams came out swinging at the opening tip, trading blows at 2-2, 4-4, and 7-7. With the Hawks down 9-7 at the 15:42 mark, Ahmad Frost (Cincinnati, Ohio) flung a pass to Miryne Thomas (Cleveland, Ohio) over the right low post for an alley-oop layup to tie it at 9-9.

That was as good as it got for the Hawks (1-3), though. The Bonnies (2-1) started to pull away over the next six minutes after a bevy of Eastern Shore turnovers. Nelson Kaputo’s three-pointer at the 9:50 mark pushed the SBU lead to 22-12; they would never see the lead go under double figures again. Eastern Shore fell behind 49-27 at the break after committing 15 turnovers in the opening session; they would finish with 23 giveaways on the night.


 

 

Unlike Georgetown on Saturday, St. Bonaventure put the visitors away early in the second half. The Bonnies opened up a 9-0 run over the first three minutes in the second session, punctuated by a LaDarien Griffin jumper to make it 58-27. St. Bonaventure continued to pour it on throughout the final minutes.

Frost led the Hawks in scoring with 13 points (5-for-10), including three treys, to go along with three assists and two steals. Miryne Thomas added 12 points, including six in the first five minutes of the game.

Tshiefu Ngalakulondi burst off the bench with a game-high 21 points for the Bonnies, including 19 in the second half. Matt Mobley punched the clock for 19 points and seven assists, while Izaiah Brockington poured in 18 from the bench.

St. Bonaventure shot 61.5 percent (32-of-52) from the floor, draining 14 threes along the way.

After a quick jaunt back to The Shore, the Hawks head down to Niceville, Florida for the Emerald Coast Classic. Eastern Shore opens tournament play against Jackson State on Friday. Tip from The Arena at Northwest Florida State College is set for 2:30 p.m. EST. Friday’s game will be broadcast locally on flagship radio station Fox Sports 960 AM WTGM and online at EasternShoreHawks.com. Pregame coverage starts at 2:15 p.m. with Will DeBoer on the call for The Shore Sports Network.

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