Hawks Return to St. Bonaventure for Bonnie Redo
PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -
Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball is back in Western New York for a do-over matchup at St. Bonaventure. Last Wednesday’s regularly scheduled game was postponed due to a power failure. Tip from Reilly Center is set for 7 p.m.
Last Time Out
Eastern Shore fell behind 40-19 at halftime against Georgetown on Saturday but hung tough with the Hoyas in the second session, falling 83-57 at Capital One Arena. Miryne Thomas impressed in his collegiate debut, leading the Hawks with 16 points to go along with five rebounds and two steals. Ahmad Frost set a new career high with 14 points, while Tyler Jones added 12 and notched a pair of blocks against the taller Georgetown squad.
Bobby Collins on the Matchup
“We want to throw the first half [of the Georgetown game] out the window and focus on the second half. We started hitting shots and executed our plays in the second half. That’s how we have to play, and I just have to get them to believe in the process and the system.”
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 Hawks are in the middle of a five-game road trip that spans 11 days. From here, Eastern Shore will head down to Florida for the Emerald Coast Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Shore caps its sojourn at Old Dominion next Monday.
Eastern Shore limited itself to seven turnovers against the Hoyas, their lowest mark of the young season. On the back of six steals that led to 13 Hoya turnovers, the Hawks kept up with Georgetown in the second half, only bowing by a 43-38 margin.
The Shore is playing with just six scholarship athletes at the present time. Returning starters Ryan Andino, Dontae Caldwell, and Isaac Jones are all out for the season with various ailments. The remaining upperclassman, senior guard Logan McIntosh, has missed the last two games with a back injury. He is still day-to-day. Freshman forward Miryne Thomas missed the first two games with a concussion but returned to action on Saturday. The Hawks are relying on the services of four walk-ons, including freshman guard Sean Hoggs, who went off for 23 points against Valley Forge on Nov. 10 but hasn’t scored since.
15 – Shots taken by Miryne Thomas (6-of-15) in his collegiate debut
7 – Assists per game for Cameron Bacote in his first three games, tops in the MEAC at this point
5 – Underclassmen (freshman or sophomores) who started at Georgetown and will likely start tonight
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 being asked to step up after the injury to Preseason A-10 Player of the Year guard Jaylen Adams. 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.
Monday’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. with Will DeBoer on the call for The Shore Sports Network.
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