Hawks welcome North Carolina A&T on Monday
Sophomore Isaac Taylor is averaging nearly 10 points over his last 11 games.
Feb. 19, 2017

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will finish up the friendliest part of its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule having playing six of eight games at home when it hosts North Carolina A&T (2-25, 0-12 MEAC) on Monday (Feb. 20) at 7:30 p.m.

The Hawks (9-18, 6-6 MEAC) have gone 3-4 over the last seven games and 3-2 at home over the same stretch. On Monday, they welcome the leagues last-place team in the Aggies, just 48 hours after a loss to the MEACs best North Carolina Central.

In the last meeting between the two teams, the Aggies employed a zone for the entire game daring the Hawks to shoot over it. The Shore was deadly from the outside making 16 3-pointers.

Junior Ryan Andino (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) led the way scoring a career-high 31 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor including 9-of-13 from behind the arc. His nine 3-point baskets were also a career high.

But he wasnt the only one who was effective as Bakari Copeland (Decatur, Georgia) poured in 26 points and Dontae Caldwell (Santa Ana, California) chipped in 12. Eastern Shore also had a season-high 24 assists in that contest.


 

 

The Shore jumped out to a 24-point lead (49-25) with 4:38 left in the first half, putting the Aggies in a hole that proved impossible to dig out of.

The Hawks did give up 88 points, but overcame that with the help of a season-high 24 assists and by shooting 16-of-27 (59 percent) from behind the arc and 58 percent from the field.

Greensboro native Sam Hunt leads the team with 13.0 points per game (16th in the MEAC) and ranks second with 1.9 assists per contest. Hunt has led A&T in scoring 11 times, including a season-high 31 in the Aggies win over Allen on Feb. 11.

Copeland leads the Hawks in scoring (16.9 ppg) — No. 5 in the MEAC and rebounding (6.2 rpg), while also averaging 19.1 in conference play. He has score in double digits in 15 straight games and broken the 20-point mark nine times.

Andino is second on the team in scoring at 14.0 points per game and has hit 103-of-264 3-pointers this season (39 percent). He has reached 20 points seven times, but has also scored in single digits 10 times.

Isaac Taylor (Wachapreague, Virginia) has stepped up his play over the last 11 games. He is averaging 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds over that period and just 4.9 and 2.6 for the season.

Caldwell returned to the starting lineup against NC Central after missing two games due to injury and coming off the bench against Bethune-Cookman. Hes averaging 9.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals and has scored in double digits in nine of his last 14 games.

A&T leads the all-time series 53-29. The Aggies lost 22 in a row from Nov. 14 to Feb. 4. A&T has come close on multiple occasions, losing four MEAC games by single digits, including the last two. The Aggies hold a MEAC-record 16 tournament championships. 

Games can be heard locally on Fox Sports Radio 960 AM WTGM or on www.EasternShoreHawks.com. Will DeBoer and David Byrd will have the call Monday from the William P. Hytche Athletic Center on The Shore Sports Network.

Season tickets for the 2016-2017 season are still on sale 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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