Hawks look to get back to winning at Delaware State
Mark Seylan played 14 minutes off the bench against Norfolk State.
Feb. 12, 2016

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore dropped a tight game to visiting Norfolk State the last time out, but on Saturday the Hawks (8-17, 5-5 MEAC) need to make sure they are ready for a road contest at Delaware State (4-20, 4-5 MEAC).

"When it comes to your rival team, records go out the window," head coach Bobby Collin said. "You have to come and give your best shot or you'll get knocked out. We have been preparing our guys that we are not in a position to overlook anybody."

The Hornets feature a pair of double-digit scorers in Devin Morgan (10.9 ppg) and DeAndre Haywood (10.3). Morgan leads the team in rebounding (3.5) and assists (2.8). Six other players average more than four points per game.

Del. State plays an up-tempo game and often shoot the ball early in the shot clock.

"We are going to try and speed them up and let them play sporadic like they have been," Collins said. "I don't know how much success they have had with it, so if we can get them to play fast then that is what we are going to try and do."

The Hornets shoot 37 percent from the field and 31 percent from 3-point range. They only hit free throws at a 62-percent clip.


 

 

"We know that they are very streaky shooters," Collins said. "They have a young freshman point guard that can get sporadic at times, but we just have to go in and play the way we play. That's playing hard, getting the ball inside-out, playing through Dom (Elliott) and the way we are capable of and not getting caught up in the hoopla and crowd and them talking back and forth."

Dominique Elliott (Savannah, Georgia) leads the Hawks in rebounding at 7.4 per game and is second on the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game. Devin Martin (Baltimore, Maryland) leads the team in scoring with 17.2 per game. Bakari Copeland (Decatur, Georgia) chips in 9.9 per game and Dontae Caldwell (Los Angeles, California) and Ryan Andino (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) lead the reserves with 5.8 and 5.6 points respectively.

Maryland Eastern Shore will be looking to control the tempo on Saturday, but that doesn't mean they won't run when they get a chance.

"We have been trying to pick it up a little bit and get some easy baskets," Collins said. "We are going to create our own tempo by the way we defend. We want to also slow it down on our end and make them defend us."

Freshman point guard Ahmad Frost has been out with an injury, giving JUCO transfer Thomas Rivera the opportunity to step up in his absence. Rivera had seven assists against the Spartans during and 76-70 loss on Monday.

"We recruited Thomas Rivera to be that guy," Collins said. "He needs to step up and be that guy. He is capable. In spite of us not having Ahmad, we were right there versus Norfolk State to win that ballgame."

The team will also need some production out of some of the reserves at the point. Against Norfolk, it was Mark Seylan who played 14 minutes at the point off the bench. While Collins said this is an opportunity for Seylan, he also has other options behind Rivera depending on the game matchups.

"We still have Maurice Coleman (Richmond, Virginia) over there," Collins said. "Ryan Andino plays some point for us this year. (Derrico) Peck (Atlanta, Georgia) played some point guard for us, so we have some options and the way people have been playing us those guys can run the point for us.

Following Delaware State, the Hawks will travel to Howard on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. They return home for a three-game stretch that begins against South Carolina State on Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. All are the second half of a men's and women's doubleheader.

All games can be heard locally on Fox Sports Radio 960 AM WTGM or on www.umeshawks.com. Brendan Gulick will have the call from Delaware State on the Hawks Sports Radio Network.

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