Hawks Take Aim to Chase Cyclones
PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -
Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball (3-9) opens its final road trip of the nonconference slate with a Wednesday night matchup at Iowa State (8-2). Tip from Hilton Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. EST.
Last Time Out
Creighton scored the first 13 points and never looked back, downing Eastern Shore 87-36 on Friday night in Omaha. Logan McIntosh scored 13 points, while Cameron Bacote added 12 of his own on four three-pointers, and Miryne Thomas corralled 10 rebounds for the second time this season.
Bobby Collins on the Matchup
“Iowa State is another tough team. We’ll have our work cut out for us, but we’ll be prepared. We just need to knock down the open shots when the opportunity presents itself.”
Iowa State has won all four previous matchups between the teams. The Shore last visited Ames on Dec. 23, 2001, where the Larry Eustachy-led Cyclones downed the Thomas Trotter-era Hawks 77-54 at Hilton Coliseum. ISU and Eastern Shore met four times from 1991 through 2001, all Cyclone victories in Ames.
Hawk Quick Shots
The Hawks were held under 40 points for the first time this season at Creighton. It was the sixth time this season the team failed to score 50 points, including three in a row dating back to Dec. 8. Eastern Shore ranks second-to-last in the MEAC in points per game (56.1) and field goal percentage (.356).
Colen Gaynor (back) has missed the last two games and is not expected to play in either game this week. With his injury, the Hawks are down to six active scholarship players (Bacote, Frost, Jones, McIntosh, L. Thomas, M. Thomas).
Eastern Shore plays its final nonconference road game on Friday night down the road in Des Moines at Drake University. The team will head home for the holidays before reconvening for a Dec. 31 home matchup against Central Penn to close out the nonconference slate. MEAC play opens on Jan. 3 with a showdown at rival Morgan State.
10 – Rebounds for Miryne Thomas on Friday, his second such game this season (Dec. 2 vs. American)
13.0 – Turnovers per game for the Hawks, second lowest in the MEAC
7 – States, plus the District of Columbia, the Hawks have visited this nonconference season
About Iowa State
Iowa State has won eight straight games after dropping two straight to open the season. Two of those wins have come against in-state rivals Iowa and Northern Iowa. This is ISU’s final nonconference game this season; they open Big 12 play at home against Kansas State on Dec. 29. The upperclass-led Cyclones have won three of the last four Big 12 Tournament championships, advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 twice. ISU last made the Final Four in 1944, the only time in its history, and last made the Elite Eight in 2000.
Junior guard Nick Weiler-Babb has had his hands on most of the Cyclones’ buckets this season. The Arlington, Texas native is third in the Big 12 with 7.5 assists per contest and ranks top-20 in points (13.0, 19th) and rebounds (7.0, 7th) per game. Weiler-Babb has three assist-based double-doubles this season and narrowly missed a triple-double (20 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists) against Tulsa on Nov. 17.
Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm introduced himself to basketball in a big way in 2011-12. The first-time, first-year head coach led Murray State to a 31-2 record, Ohio Valley Conference double championship, and No. 6 seed in the Big Dance. Prohm won over 100 games at Murray State in four seasons before moving on to Ames in 2015. He has guided the Cyclones to a Sweet 16 and a Big 12 Tournament championship in his first two full seasons.
The Cyclones are 20-1 all-time against current MEAC competition. Its lone defeat came in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament when it lost to 15th-seeded Hampton. Bobby Collins was an assistant coach on that Hampton squad.
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. EST with Will DeBoer on the call for The Shore Sports Network.
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