Hawks Drop Close Bout Against Savannah State
Jan. 30, 2017

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – With 3:13 remaining, Savannah State (SSU) held a seven-point advantage after a layup from Tiyonda Davis, 55-48. The Shore answered with a 6-0 spurt and sliced the deficit down to one, 55-54, with 1:28 left.

SSU’s Kenyata Hendrix drove baseline and gave the Tigers a three-point lead, 57-54, with 21 ticks remaining. With five seconds left, sophomore guard Keyera Eaton (Winston-Salem, N.C.) was fouled and went to the line to split a pair of free throws; thus, cutting the margin down to two, 57-55.

Moments later, the Tigers’ Deyja Brown made both freebies to seal the victory, 59-58.

All nine Hawks scored in the contest, despite shooting only 31-percent (22-of-70). Eaton was the only Hawk in double-figures with a game-high 15 points.

In the third quarter, SSU’s Lauren Moss made a free throw and pushed their advantage to eight, 35-27, at the 6:50 mark. The Shore responded with a 13-3 run and took the lead after a fast-break layup from Eaton, 40-38, with 44 seconds left in the period.

Nearly 20 ticks later, Hendrix connected on a trey ball and put the Tigers ahead, 41-40, but a layup from senior guard Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.) before the buzzer made the score after three 42-41 in favor of Eastern Shore.

Savannah State (7-14, 5-4 MEAC) had four Tigers in double-figures, led by Moss with 14 points. Davis recorded a double-double, posting 13 points and 12 boards in the win.

Eastern Shore opened the contest on an 8-0 run, capped off by a layup from Eaton. Savannah State battled back and went on a 10-1 spurt of their own to take the lead, 10-9, at the 4:12 mark.

With less than a minute remaining in the first, McCoy made a long ball and put The Shore ahead, 16-15, but a jumper from SSU’s Rhianna Warren gave the Tigers a 17-16 lead after one.

Two minutes into the second, freshman Chioma Nkpuechina (Anambra, Nigeria) gave Maryland Eastern Shore the lead back, 18-17, but Savannah State answered with a 10-3 run to take a six-point advantage, 27-21, with 4:33 remaining before halftime.

Sophomore guard Ra’Jean Martin (Jacksonville, Fla.) drilled a three-pointer and sliced the margin in half, 27-24. SSU’s kept the pressure on as they held their largest lead of the game, 33-25, at the 1:53 mark. Eaton’s jumper before the half made the intermission score 33-27.

On Wednesday (Feb. 1), Maryland Eastern Shore (8-10, 2-5 MEAC) makes a quick stop to Hampton, Va. where the Hampton Lady Pirates await. Game-time is scheduled for 5 p.m.

For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.easternshorehawks.com.



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