Feb. 21, 2016
Thomas Rivera drives to the baseline and Dontae Caldwell looks for a pass.
PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Florida A&M University were originally scheduled to play a Tuesday January fifth tilt that was rescheduled because Airport closures in Washington D.C. trapped the Rattlers in Florida.
On Monday (Feb. 22), the two teams will finally get together with each coming off a gut-wrenching Homecoming loss and desperately looking for a win as the season winds down.
The Hawks (8-20, 5-8 MEAC) fell 62-58 to visiting South Carolina State on Saturday after coming back in the second half to take the lead.
FAMU (7-18, 3-9 MEAC) also dropped it's Homecoming matchup on Saturday -- a 55-54 nail biter at home against Bethune-Cookman. Malcolm Bernard led the team with 27 points and six rebounds.
Bernard leads the Rattlers in scoring for the season with 14.6 points per game, while nobody else averages double digits.
Maryland Eastern Shore has a trio of leading scorers who have led the way for most of the season. Devin Martin (Baltimore, Maryland) averages a team-high 16.9 points per game to go along with 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
Dominique Elliott (Savannah, Georgia) has posted a double-double in four of his last six games and averages 14.3 points and 17.3 rebounds.
Junior JUCO transfer Bakari Copeland (Decatur, Georgia) averages 10 poins and 4.3 rebounds.
The Hawks have so relied on the scoring of their "Big Three" that someone else had led the team in scoring just three times this season.
Sophomore guard Ryan Andino (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) led at Georgetown with 16 points, while freshman Dontae Caldwell (Los Angeles, California) did so twice, scoring 23 and 26 against Old Dominion and Coppin State respectively.
Martin (13), Elliott (11) and Copeland (3) have each led or tied for the lead in the other 25 games.
Junior JUCO transfer point guard Thomas Rivera (Harlem, New York) will return to the lineup on Monday after serving a one-game suspension for a flagrant foul against Howard. Rivera averages 4.4 points and 3.2 assists, but has started just 11 games this season -- three of those since freshman Ahmad Frost was injured in a home win against Hampton, Feb. 6.
After Florida A&M, the Hawks host Delaware State on Feb. 27, before finishing out the regular season on the road at Morgan State on March 3. All games 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 and David Byrd will have the call Monday from the William P. Hytche Athletic Center on the Hawks Sports Radio Network.