Hawks Prep for Intra-State Rivals Coppin State
PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -
Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball (5-18, 1-7 MEAC) heads across the bridge to Baltimore for a matchup at intra-state rivals Coppin State (3-19, 3-4 MEAC) on Monday night. Tip from the Physical Education Complex is set for 7:30 p.m.
Last Time Out
Eastern Shore led for virtually the first 30 minutes of the game, but Howard regrouped and pulled away in the final four minutes to win 85-75 on Saturday at the Hytche Center. Miryne Thomas led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds – his second straight double-double – and Logan McIntosh poured in 17 of his own with eight assists.
This will be the 78th matchup between the Hawks and the Eagles. Coppin State leads the all-time series 56-21, but Eastern Shore has won all three matchups in the Bobby Collins era dating back to 2014-15.
Last season’s matchup in Princess Anne was all Shore from start to finish. The Hawks shot 54 percent in the first half and never looked back, parlaying a 40-23 halftime lead into a 78-57 win. Ryan Andino knocked down eight treys for 24 points, and its 57 points against was The Shore’s best defensive effort of the season.
Hawk Quick Shots
The Hawks have lost six in a row and are 1-7 in MEAC play, matching their conference losses from last season when they went 9-7 and finished sixth in the league. Six of The Shore’s seven conference losses have been by 10 points or fewer, and the team’s average margin of defeat since their six-game skid is just 8.7 points per game.
Miryne Thomas registered his second straight double-double with a 17-point, 10-rebound effort against Howard on Saturday. The freshman now has four double-doubles on the season, one shy of First-Team All-MEAC forward Bakari Copeland’s team-best five from last year. Thomas is averaging 9.1 rebounds in conference play, second only to Bethune-Cookman’s Soufiyane Diakite (12.5).
Logan McIntosh has eight games of six or more assists this season, including four in MEAC competition. The senior ranks 14th in the league in scoring (14.8 points per game) and second in helpers (5.8 assists per game), trailing only Kameron Langley (6.0) of North Carolina A&T in the latter category.
Eastern Shore is idle next Saturday before hosting Florida A&M next Monday night at the Hytche Center. Tip time is set for 7:30 p.m. The Hawks will then travel outside the state of Maryland for the first time in almost four weeks with a trip to Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 10, following that up with a Feb. 12 stop at Howard.
6 – MEAC losses by 10 or fewer points for the Hawks in January
9.8 – Rebounds per game for Miryne Thomas in his last five contests
8.7 – Average margin of defeat for the Hawks during their six-game losing streak
About Coppin State
After an 8-24 (7-9 MEAC) finish last season, the Eagles fired third-year head coach Michael Grant and hired University of Maryland legend Juan Dixon to lead the program. CSU was picked to finish second-to-last in the MEAC but has won two games in a row, knocking off league favorites Morgan State last week and downing South Carolina State 73-65 on Saturday.
Top returning scorer Dejuan Clayton suffered a shoulder injury at Central Connecticut on Nov. 21 and hasn’t played since. The injury served as a microcosm for the first two months as Coppin State was the only MEAC school to go winless in nonconference play, despite strong road showings at Georgetown and UConn. The Eagles got off the schneid with a Jan. 8 win over Florida A&M and stunned Charm City rivals Morgan State 80-73 on Jan. 20.
Junior guard/forward Lamar Morgan has picked up the slack in Clayton’s absence. The New Jersey native and JUCO product out of Missouri leads the Eagles with 11.6 points per game and ranks second on the team with 5.1 boards per contest. Morgan broke out for 30 points at UConn on Dec. 9 and is averaging 17.7 points in MEAC play, good for 10th in the league.
Juan Dixon brings a top pedigree into his first season as a Division I head coach. Born in Baltimore and schooled in Towson, Dixon led the Maryland Terrapins to their first national championship in 2002, picking up Most Outstanding Player honors at the Final Four. After a seven-year NBA career and two seasons playing overseas, Dixon cut his teeth as a coach on staff in College Park under Mark Turgeon for three seasons before taking over the University of the District of Columbia women’s team in 2016-17. After going 3-27 with the Division II Firebirds, he was hired by CSU last Apr. 26.
Monday’s game will be broadcast locally on flagship radio station Fox Sports 960 AM WTGM and online at EasternShoreHawks.com. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the Eastern Shore-CSU women’s basketball game, which tips at 6:30. Pregame coverage starts at approximately 3:45 p.m. with Will DeBoer on the call for The Shore Sports Network.
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