Hawks trail from tip, fall at Central Florida, 76-58
Dec. 10, 2016

Final Stats

ORLANDO, Florida -

With 10:56 left in Saturdays game at Central Florida (7-1), Maryland Eastern Shore (1-9) had cut the Knights lead to 51-44 on a tip in by freshman Tyler Jones (Atlantic City, New Jersey).

That would turn out to be the seminal moment of the game as The Shore didnt make a field goal over the next 4:11 falling behind 65-45 and going on to drop the contest 76-58.

We did some good things, head coach Bobby Collins said. We just didnt sustain. We made a run and we fought. We gave ourselves a chance, but that is a very good basketball team especially when they have shooters around a 7-6 guy in Tacko Fall. Hes a special player and they just did a very good job executing their offense.

It wasnt Fall who hurt the Hawks during the killer run. It was senior guards Matt Williams and Tank Efianayi.

During the four-minute stretch where only Bakari Copelands (Decatur, Gerogia) single free throw put points on the board for the Hawks, Williams made 3 3-pointers and Efianayi added a layup and a 3.


 

 

We just have to play consistent, Collins said. We have to do a better job of communication on the defensive end. There were times we lost our man for a short period of time and they made us pay every time.

Williams finished the game with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Efianayi added 20 to lead the Knights. Fall had 10 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in just 23 minutes.

They are just long and athletic along with being tall, Collins said. Thats a great recipe for his team to be successful. Im proud of our guys. Its just tough on the road to sustain a run. You have to be a special team to do that and we are getting there.

Copeland led The Shore with 16 points — including 10 in the second half. Ryan Andino (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) had nine points in a homecoming game of sorts. Dontae Caldwell (Santa Ana, California) also scored nine, grabbed a team-high six rebounds and dished out three assists. Jones picked up nine points and a pair of rebounds in 15 minutes.

The Hawks turned the ball over just three times, while forcing 16 Central Florida giveaways, but shot just 28 percent from the field in the game against a smothering Knights defense. Eastern Shore was also outrebounded 48-30 and were outscored in the paint 26-10.

The Hawks will now have five days off before playing at Michigan on Saturday (Dec. 17) at 3 p.m.

We need this rest, Collins said. We had a long road and we playing these 10 games has been tiresome for our bodies. I know Im tired and I didnt play one minute. They guys are going to get some rest. We are going to go back and look at some film. As coaches, we are going to make some adjustments and we are going to get better and do something special this year.

Games can be heard locally on Fox Sports Radio 960 AM WTGM or on www.EasternShoreHawks.com. Will DeBoer will have the call from Ann Arbor Saturday at on The Shore Sports Network.

Season tickets for the 2016-2017 season are on sale now starting at just $125, for all mens and womens home games. Did you know that a purchasing a season ticket helps all sports at Maryland Eastern Shore, not just basketball?  To purchase season tickets, click here. For more information about the 1ticKet Drive, log on to the web at easternshorehawks.com or call 410-651-6499.  Its time to show your #HawkPride!

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