Hawks ready for third go at Morgan State in MEAC Tourney
Another big game out of Isaac Taylor could be what the Hawks need against the Bears.
March 7, 2016

NORFOLK, Virginia -

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore didnt have the kind of season it expected following an 18-win campaign a season ago.

But the beauty of March is that the early season doesnt matter. There are no more dates with the likes of Maryland and Michigan State. Its tournament time and despite the Hawks 10-21 (7-9 MEAC) record, they are right where they were last year before a loss to Hampton knocked them out of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament.

Standing between the Hawks and a second-round matchup with the Pirates is Morgan State 8-21 (6-10 MEAC). Maryland Eastern Shore has swept the season matchup with the Bears including an 80-71 win in Baltimore on Thursday (March 3).

The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 via the website and the Watch ESPN App. Tipoff is scheduled for approximately 4:30.

In the win, Bakari Copeland (Decatur, Georgia) scored a career-high 23 points including 13-of-15 from the line and freshman post man Isaac Taylor (Wachapreague, Virginia) also had a career night with 10 points and 6 rebounds off the bench.



Playing without leading scorer, and All-MEAC second-team selection, Devin Martin (Baltimore, Maryland) for the second straight game, the Hawks had four players reach double digits for the second straight game.

Senior co-captain Dominique Elliott (Savannah, Georgia) scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds despite playing just 27 minutes. After the All-MEAC first-team selection got in foul trouble, Taylor stepped up in his stead.

Elliott is second on the team in scoring 14.6 points per game, and leads in rebounding with 7.9 per contest (3rd MEAC). The Hawks will need to work hard on the class against the Bears, who the outrebounded in the previous win.

Morgan is led by senior Cedric Blossoms 14.9 points per game (10th MEAC) to go along with 6.6 rebounds (12th MEAC). Classmate Rasean Simpson puts up 12.3 points per game and 6.7 rebounds (11th MEAC), while sophomore Phillip Carr averages 10.3 points and 7 rebounds (8th MEAC).

UMES has won four straight over Morgan State, but the Bears hold a 50-36 all-time series lead over the Hawks. The last time the two programs met during the MEAC Tournament was in the first round of the 2005 tournament.

The winner of Tuesdays battle will face No. 1 seed Hampton at 6 p.m. on Wednesday (March 9). The defending MEAC Tournament champion Pirates will enter the tournament as the top seed after concluding the regular-season with a 13-3 mark in MEAC play.

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

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