Hawks get in win column, 87-74, against Central Penn
PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore hadn’t picked up a victory since March 3, 2016 at Morgan State.
So, the Hawks (1-7) were ready to take one however they could get it on Monday at home against Central Penn (8-4). The final result was an 87-74 win where the two teams combined for 46 turnovers and missed 20 free throws.
“I’m happy for the win because I know how hard they are to come by,” Hawks head coach Bobby Collins said. “But I would have liked to win right way. We didn’t play the way I want to play. I’m trying to be calm right now, but I’m very disappointed in a lot of the things that we did today. We had 20 turnovers and they outrebounded us. This is the smallest team that we have played.”
Despite falling behind from the start and trailing by as many as eight points in the first half, The Shore took the lead 28-27 with just over five minutes to go in the half and held it for the remainder of the contest.
Senior Marc Seylan (Paris, France) played some key minutes in both halves providing a steadying force for the Hawks especially in the first half when the team trailed.
“He's kind of that guy where I really depend on him to make smart decisions, which we weren’t doing at the start of the game,” Collins said. “We wanted to get out and run and I wanted to let the guys run, but they have to prove to me that’s what we can do without turning the ball over.”
Junior Ryan Andino (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) led the Hawks in scoring with 20 points, but was just 6-of-17 from the field with 16 of those attempts coming from behind the 3-point line.
Junior Logan McIntosh (Atlanta, Georgia), starting his second game of the season, had 17 points, six assists and six rebounds.
“Logan is a real threat for us,” Collins said. “He can really score the basketball and I give him the freedom to do it. He has made the right decisions for the most part. He just has to limit his turnovers.”
Senior Bakari Copeland (Decatur, Georgia) scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds.
The Shore also got 32 points from the bench including 12 from senior Thomas Rivera (Harlem, New York) to go along with five rebounds and 11 points and four boards from graduate student Derrick Peck (Atlanta, Georgia).
Eastern Shore attempted 27 3-pointers, but made just six — all by Andino. The Knights held the advantage on the glass 43-39, but shot just 35.9 percent from the field. Points in the paint were an even 30-30 despite the Shore’s size advantage.
Central Penn plays in Division II of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) which is not NCAA affiliated.
The Hawks must now flip the script and move ahead to Wednesday’s (Dec. 7) game at Virginia Tech, but the coaches didn’t see much to build on from Monday’s performance.
“I’m going to throw this one in the trash can,” Collins said. “I’m going to take the W, but the way we played we did not take a step toward getting better tonight. We didn’t win the 50/50 balls. We didn’t outrebound the scrappy team. We didn’t defend the paint well enough. There is not a lot I can take form this game, but the win.
“We are going to have to enjoy and appreciate this win, but we have to get better.”
Games can be heard locally on Fox Sports Radio 960 AM WTGM or on www.EasternShoreHawks.com. Will DeBoer will have the call from Blacksburg Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. on The Shore Sports Network.
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