Hawks Head North to Meet Bonnies
PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -
Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball makes a trip to Western New York for a Wednesday night matchup at St. Bonaventure University. Tipoff from Reilly Center is set for 7 p.m.
Last Time Out
A shorthanded Eastern Shore found itself on the short end of a 96-43 decision at Maryland on Sunday night. Cameron Bacote followed up a 28-point debut with 18 points to lead the Hawks, who only dressed nine players for the game. Ahmad Frost and Tyler Jones each had seven points.
St. Bonaventure leads the all-time series 2-1. The Bonnies won a pair of matchups in 1981 and 2009. Eastern Shore got its revenge on Dec. 22, 2014 at Reilly Center. The Hawks took a 45-33 lead into the break and held off a late Bonnie charge to win 82-80 in Allegany. Mike Myers led Eastern Shore with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Devin Martin hit four treys on the way to 17 points, including 11 in the second half and two key free throws in the final minute.
Hawk Quick Shots
The Shore is on the second billing of six-game road. On Saturday they head to Washington, D.C. to take on Patrick Ewing and the new-look Georgetown Hoyas. The Hawks then head to Niceville, Florida for the two-day Emerald Coast Classic (Nov. 24-25) before swinging back through D.C. on the way to play Old Dominion (Nov. 27).
Senior guard Logan McIntosh (back) missed Sunday’s game against the Terrapins. He is day-to-day. Freshman forward Miryne Thomas (concussion) is back at practice and may see action against the Bonnies.
Preseason All-MEAC second-team guard Ryan Andino announced on Saturday that he intends to redshirt this season after dealing with a shoulder injury. The senior guard and 2015 MEAC Rookie of the Year expects to return to the program in 2018-19.
5 – Projected preseason Hawks starters who missed Sunday’s game at Maryland
.543 – Field goal percentage for Cam Bacote in his first two collegiate games
492 – Miles from Princess Anne, Maryland to Allegany, New York; the Bonnies have hosted the Hawks in all three previous meetings dating back to 1981
About St. Bonaventure
St. Bonaventure is long removed from the 1970 Final Four squad of Bob Lanier, but the Bonnies are in the midst of one of their strongest runs in program history. SBU has posted six winning seasons in their last seven, including an A-10 Tournament championship in 2012 and regular season crown in 2016. The Bonnies are looking to get to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time ever and first since 2012.
Senior guard Matt Mobley is the Bonnies’ undisputed leader. The Worcester, Mass. native earned Third-Team All-A10 laurels last season, finishing fourth in the league in scoring (18.5 PPG) and leading the nation in minutes per game (38.3). Mobley was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Preseason First-Team last month and opened his season with a 29-point outburst in a loss to Niagara on Friday night.
Mark Schmidt arrived on campus in 2007, inheriting a Bonnies program that was still recovering from a 2003 scandal. The former Robert Morris skipper has shepherded in a decade of fruitful results, including two straight 20 win seasons. Schmidt is second all-time on St. Bonaventure’s career wins list (166), trailing only the legendary Larry Weise (202), who led the program to its only Final Four in 1970.
Wednesday’s game will be broadcast locally on flagship radio station Fox Sports 960 AM WTGM and online at EasternShoreHawks.com. Pregame coverage starts at 6:45 p.m. Will DeBoer is on the call for The Shore Sports Network.
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