Hawks Make Cyclones Sweat with Late Rally
Dec. 20, 2017

Final Stats

AMES, Iowa -

Maryland Eastern Shore mens basketball rallied late but ran out of time against Iowa State, falling 55-49 on Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum.

We addressed our effort and playing hard, giving ourselves a chance, said Hawks head coach Bobby Collins after the game. We were right there tonight. Our defense was really good tonight. We wanted to wear them down and we did. We hung in there with a really, really good basketball team tonight.

The Hawks (3-10) opened up behind the eight ball as the Cyclones (9-2) jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first two-and-a-half minutes. The Shore got back-to-back threes from Ahmad Frost (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Tyler Jones (Atlantic City, New Jersey) to get within 10-6 and played within a single-digit margin for much of the first half. Iowa State closed strong, though, surging to a 34-17 cushion behind a 13-2 half-closing run.

ISU threatened to make it a laugher, going up 49-28 with 9:35 remaining. Eastern Shore showed grit, though, and ignited a 12-0 run over the next four minutes. Logan McIntosh (Atlanta, Georgia) started with an isolation layup; he drew a foul but missed the and-one. After a turnover, Michael Odiana (Dracut, Massachusetts) converted an out-of-bounds play from the left baseline. McIntosh then kicked on the turbo off an Iowa State miss for a transition bucket to make it 49-34 at the 8:31 mark.


 

 

The Shore burst out of the ensuing media timeout with another McIntosh layup, then the senior leader converted a pair of free throws to extend the run to double digits. After another Cyclone miss, Frost converted an open jumper, bringing the Hawks back within single digits at 49-40 with 6:31 to go.

With the home crowd forced back into attentive cheering, Iowa State capped the rally at 12-0 as Donovan Jackson nailed a three from the left corner. Frost hit a jumper at the other end for the Hawks, but McIntosh missed a transition layup on the next chance to slow momentum. Lindell Wigginton then hit one of two free throws, and Cameron Lard provided the final dagger with a layup at the 1:55 mark to make it 55-42.

Eastern Shore did close the game on a 7-0 run. McIntoshs trey at the buzzer ensured the Hawks finished within two possessions of their hosts, who escaped with their ninth straight win.

The Hawks six-point loss was their closest road defeat of the season; they had lost their first eight true road games by an average margin of 39.6 points.

McIntosh came alive late, scoring 12 of his 17 points inside the final 10 minutes, including eight in The Shores 12-0 run. He added eight rebounds, three assists, and four steals.

Frost led all scorers with a career-high 19 points, knocking down 3-of-8 from deep. Odiana, a freshman walk-on, played a season-high 12 minutes and scored his first collegiate points.

[Michael] had a great practice before this game, said Collins about his sparkplug of the night. I had to give him an opportunity, and he hit his first shot. He felt good, that gave him some confidence, and our team fed off of that.

Lard paced the Cyclones, who only dressed seven for the game, with 15 points off the bench. Jackson added 12 to help spearhead a balanced ISU attack.

The Hawks won the second half by a 32-21 margin, finishing the game on a 21-6 clip. The Shore pressured the Cyclones to the tune of 17 turnovers, the most they have forced this season.

Iowa State narrowly outrebounded their guests 40-37, but the Hawks owned the offensive glass by a 15-9 margin. Miryne Thomas and LeAndre Thomas had three offensive boards apiece.

Eastern Shore returns to action for their final nonconference road game on Friday night at Drake University. Tip from the Knapp Center 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Wednesdays game will be broadcast locally on flagship radio station Fox Sports 960 AM WTGM and online at EasternShoreHawks.com. Pregame coverage starts at 7:45 p.m. with Will DeBoer on the call for The Shore Sports Network.

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