Hawks Wrap Up Road Stretch at Old Dominion
PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -
Playing in its third game in four days, Maryland Eastern Shore caps a brutal road stretch with a Monday night matchup at Old Dominion. Tip from the Ted Constant Convention Center is set for 7 p.m.
Last Time Out
Eastern Shore couldn’t stop Tennessee Tech’s long-range attack, falling behind 47-27 at the half and ultimately falling 90-60 in the fifth place game at the Emerald Coast Classic on Saturday afternoon. Ahmad Frost earned all-tournament team honors after scoring a career-high 18 points, while Tyler Jones also had 18 points and yanked down seven rebounds.
Bobby Collins on the Matchup
“Old Dominion is a very talented team. They shoot the ball just as well [as Tennessee Tech] and they have an inside presence. We’ll have our work cut out again, but we’re going to be ready. We’re going to get some rest and travel back and compete against Old Dominion.”
Old Dominion has won all nine previous matchups between the two programs. The teams last met in Norfolk on December 18, 2015. The Monarchs throttled the Hawks early, going up 40-16 at the half and cruising to their 29th straight home win, 77- 47. Dontae Caldwell had a monster game off the bench, scoring 23 points in 24 minutes to lead the team. Devin Martin added 11 points.
Hawk Quick Shots
The Hawks finished sixth at the eight-team Emerald Coast Classic, defeating Jackson State 66-63 on Friday afternoon before falling 90-60 to Tennessee Tech. Tyler Jones averaged 15.5 points and nine rebounds over the two games in Niceville, registering his first career double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) in the win over Jackson State.
Senior guard Logan McIntosh (back) returned to action for the Hawks on Friday, hitting a three for the game’s first bucket and setting the tone in the win over Jackson State. McIntosh finished with 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals over 37 minutes on Friday. He followed that up with a 36-minute performance against Tennessee Tech.
The Shore will have played six straight on the road by the end of Monday night’s game at ODU. The Hawks return to the Hytche Center for their second of three nonconference home games on Saturday against American University. Tip time from Princess Anne is set for 4 p.m.
6.3 – Team-best rebounds per game for Tyler Jones (9.0 in his last two games)
36.5 – Minutes per game for Logan McIntosh in his first two games back from injury
3,167 – Approximate miles traveled by the Hawks since heading to Georgetown last Friday
About Old Dominion
The Monarchs have won at least 18 games in each of Jeff Jones’ first four seasons at the helm. ODU won 27 games in 2014-15 and followed that up in 2015-16 with 25 wins and the Vegas 16 postseason title. After taking a step back last year (19 wins, no postseason), the Monarchs are on the right track to start 2017-18, only losing to Temple on Nov. 16 and then on a halfcourt heave to William & Mary on Saturday.
Junior guard B.J. Stith, one of two sons of assistant coach Bryant Stith on roster, has been a leader for the Monarchs in the early stretch. The Lawrenceville, Ga. native leads the team with 14.2 points per game and is third on roster with five rebounds per contest. Stith earned his program’s Most Improved Award last season after notching 13.6 points and 5.4 boards per game.
Jeff Jones ascended to his alma mater’s head coaching job at age 29 in 1990 and has been part of the coaching establishment ever since. He coached for eight seasons at Virginia, winning the 1992 NIT and making the NCAA Elite Eight in 1995. He then became the all-time winningest head coach in American University history, going 211- 183 in 13 seasons, winning four Patriot League titles and going to the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and 2009. Jones has since turned Old Dominion into a respected mid-major player since taking the reins in 2013.
Friday’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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