Golden Eagles Outpace Hawks in Emerald Coast Classic
Nov. 25, 2017

Final Stats

NICEVILLE, Florida -

Maryland Eastern Shore mens basketball couldnt contain the hot hand of Tennessee Tech in a 90-60 loss on Saturday at The Arena at Northwest Florida State College. The Hawks (2-4) finish sixth in the annual Emerald Coast Classic and second in the lower half of the bracket.

Its hard to stop somebody when they shoot over 50 percent from the floor, said Hawks head coach Bobby Collins after the game. Were a young team, and sometimes with a young team you get days like this.

Both teams put together an early barrage of threes. Curtis Phillips opened the scoring from deep for the Golden Eagles (6-1), and Colen Gaynor (Berlin, Maryland) responded moments later. Kajon Mack hit his first trey, and Tyler Jones (Atlantic City, New Jersey) knocked home his own from deep to make it 6-6 at the 17:34 mark of the first half.

Tennessee Tech would take control from there, though. Phillips worked an old-fashioned three-point play to make it 9-6, then a few free throws and a triple from Shaq Calhoun make it 15-8 Golden Eagles with 11:57 to play in the first half. TTU inched further ahead behind sharp shooting from Mack and Calhoun, going up 25-13 and then 30-15 as the Hawks couldnt keep pace.



Eastern Shore fell behind 47-27 at the break after shooting just 31.3 percent (10-of-32) in the first half to Tennessee Techs 17-of-33 (51.5 percent).

The Hawks never got back within 17 during the rest of the game, and Joan Durans layup with 23 second left gave the Golden Eagles their largest lead at the very end.

Ahmad Frost (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the Hawks with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-8 from deep. After the game he was named to the Emerald Coast Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 12 points over the weekend.

Jones also scored 18 points, yanking down seven rebounds to boot. Miryne Thomas (Cleveland, Ohio) woke up from a scoreless first half to score 10 in the second on 4-of-8 shooting.

Mack paced a Golden Eagle attack that shot 50 percent (15-for-30) from deep in the game, scoring a game-high 24 points, including six treys. Calhoun poured in 15 points, including 11 in the first half, while Cade Crosland added 12 off the bench.

Eastern Shore now heads back north for its third game in four days, a Monday night tilt at Old Dominion. Tip from the Ted Constant Convocation 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 Pregame coverage starts at 6:45 p.m. with Will DeBoer on the call for The Shore Sports Network.

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