Hawks Host Rivals Delaware State in Season Finale
PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -
Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball (6-24, 2-13 MEAC) closes the 2017-18 regular season with a Senior Night matchup against Route 13 archrivals Delaware State (3-24, 1-13 MEAC) on Monday. Tip from the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center is set for approximately 7:30 p.m.
Last Time Out
Eastern Shore got it back within one point multiple times in the second half but couldn’t push past Norfolk State, falling 74-63 on Saturday afternoon. Tyler Jones recorded his second straight 21-point game to earn the Jesse T. Williams Award for the outstanding Homecoming performance. Cameron Bacote added 10 points off the bench.
Bobby Collins on the Matchup
This will be the 128th meeting between the Hawks and Hornets. Eastern Shore leads the all-time series 67-60 and has won two in a row over DSU.
The teams met once last season, some 365 days ago at Memorial Hall in Dover. Down 41-28 at the half, the Hawks stormed back to take the lead in the final two minutes to stun the Hornets 65-64. Logan McIntosh scored the final three points to put The Shore over the top as Devin Morgan’s three at the buzzer fell short.
Hawk Quick Shots
Eastern Shore comes in on a five-game losing streak, dropping the four games by an average margin of 20 points.
Sophomore forward Tyler Jones has started all but one game for the Hawks this season. Jones leads the team in scoring in MEAC play, netting 14.7 points in conference games this season, and has poured in 16.4 points over his last five contests. He has five games of 20 or more points this season, more than doubling his total from his freshman campaign.
Maryland Eastern Shore will honor its two active seniors in their final game at the Hytche Athletic Center. Logan McIntosh is the team’s leading scorer (12.1) and assist man (4.6) and has played two seasons as a Hawk after transferring from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Community College. Najee Fitzgerald joined the team as a walk-on this season after previously serving as a student manager; he has appeared in 20 games this season, starting one, and scored five points.
The Hawks are idle during the final MEAC regular season block on Thursday. Eastern Shore sits just one game up on Delaware State in the standings and is locked into playing in either the 5-12 or 4-13 matchup in the first round of the MEAC Tournament; both pairings are set in the Monday night session at Scope Arena.
5 – 20-point games for Tyler Jones this season (two as freshman)
5-5 – Home record for the Hawks this season (1-19 in road/neutral)
2 – Seniors (McIntosh, Fitzgerald) playing in their final game at the Hytche Center
About Delaware State
Delaware State has endured a disastrous season, at one point enduring a 21-game losing streak before knocking off Coppin State on Feb. 19 for its first MEAC and Division I win of the year. DSU has also suffered six single-digit losses in MEAC play. The Hornets fired fifth-year head coach Keith Walker last Thursday and installed assistant Keith Johnson as interim boss. Johnson last served as a head coach at his alma mater Cheyney from 1989-95.
Senior forward Artem Tavakalyan has been DSU’s most well-rounded player this season. The Russian national leads the team with 10.8 points per game and also contributes 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest. Tavakalyn has led the Hornets in scoring six times this season, incluidng a 23-point effort at North Carolina A&T on Jan. 8. Tavakalyan has stepped it up in place of the injured Kobe Gantz, who averaged 13.5 points over six games this season before tearing his left ACL.
Separated by just 75 miles, the Hawks and Hornets will play the 128th edition of the Route 13 Rivalry. Eastern Shore won the only matchup last season in Dover; the year before, the teams split with the home team winning each showdown. The Hawks hold a 67-60 advantage overall, while the Hornets have won 13 of 20 over the last 11 seasons. The teams’ first recorded matchup came in the 1948-49 season when Eastern Shore beat Delaware State 46-43 at home.
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-DSU women’s basketball game, which tips at 5:30. Pregame coverage starts at approximately 7:15 p.m. with Will DeBoer and Dave Byrd on the call for The Shore Sports Network.
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