Dukes Sink Hawks from Deep Early
Dec. 4, 2017

Final Stats

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania -

Maryland Eastern Shore mens basketball fell victim to a hot-shooting Duquesne bunch, losing 86-61 on Monday night at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

It was another case where we were out-sized, said Hawks head coach Bobby Collins after the game. They pushed us around. Im proud of the effort that we did give, but we just got out-manned.

Miryne Thomas (Cleveland, Ohio) scored the first five points for the Hawks (3-6), giving them a 5-3 lead in the first two minutes. The Dukes (3-3) quickly tied it on a Rene Castro-Caneddy layup, and Mike Lewis II hit a three at the 16:59 mark to put Duquesne up 8-5.

The Dukes would hold the lead for the rest of the game. Ahmad Frost (Cincinnati, Ohio) flipped one in to cut the deficit to one, but the home side quickly went on a 12-0 run, capped by Eric Williams, Jr.s layup at the 11:23 mark, to make it 20-7. The Dukes led by as many as 21 in the opening session and took a 42-23 lead into the break.

Eastern Shore fell behind by 34 points at 77-43 but shaved nine points off the final margin over the final 8:40.

We didnt have an answer for Lewis, said Collins, and they had big [former Coppin State forward] Chas Brown in the middle. They made shots and plays when they needed to.


 

 

Logan McIntosh (Atlanta, Georgia) paced the Hawks with another all-around effort despite facing hydration issues at halftime. McIntosh scored 14 points, hitting 10-of-12 free throws, with three rebounds and a season-high seven assists.

He gave his absolute best effort, said Collins of his senior leader. Weve got to get all 12 guys playing as hard as he plays, both defensively and offensively.

Frost finished with 12 points, while Thomas added 10 points and six rebounds.

Lewis II exploded for 29 points to lead the Dukes, including a perfect 7-for-7 in the first half. The former All-Atlantic 10 Rookie Team member hit six treys in the game. Williams, Jr. notched the third double-double of his young career, scoring 24 and climbing the ladder for 11 boards.

Duquesne shot 56 percent in the first half and finished 14-of-29 from three despite shooting at just a 26 percent clip behind the arc coming into the night. The Hawks went cold in the first half, connecting on just 8-of-28 attempts, but shot 48 percent in the second half to finish with a respectable 37.7 mark.

Eastern Shore next turns its attention to a weekend in Virginia, starting with a Friday night matchup at Liberty. Tip from the Vines Center is set for 7 p.m. Fridays 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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