Spartans too much for Hawks in 63-53 loss
Bairesha Gill-Miles led the Hawks with 12 points and six rebounds against Norfolk State.
Bairesha Gill-Miles led the Hawks with 12 points and six rebounds against Norfolk State.
Feb. 24, 2018

Final Stats


The University of Maryland Eastern Shore dropped another Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference on Saturday at home, reducing the odds of moving out of seventh place before the tournament beginning on March 5.

This time it was the visiting Spartans of Norfolk State who spoiled Homecoming for the Hawks (9-18, 6-9 MEAC) by handing them a 63-53 loss.

“I thought Norfolk played a pretty good game,” Hawks coach Fred Batchelor said. “I thought they played a better game than us, which they had to do to come on somebody’s home court and do that.”

The Spartans (17-9, 10-4 MEAC) held the lead from the start of the contest and never trailed. NSU outrebounded the Shore 47-32 and shot 46 percent from the field.

The Hawks actually fought their way back to tie the contest 39-39 with three minutes left in the third quarter, but Norfolk was back up 48-43 by the end of the period.

“They were probably more 20 points better than us than 10,” Batchelor said. “We just didn’t play well enough to win. We didn’t shoot the ball well enough. I thought They played well, they hit shots and we didn’t play well enough.”

Freshman Bairesha Gill Miles (Lexington, Kentucky) was the only Eastern Shore player to reach double digits in scoring. She had 12 points, six rebounds and assist and a pair of steals earning her the Jesse T. Williams Homecoming Award.



Senior Alexus Hicks (Raleigh, North Carolina) was next with nine points, three rebounds and four assists.

“I don’t think we had anybody who stepped up and gave us a good enough game to beat a team like that,” Batchelor said. “They continued to make plays and we continued to fall short. They mixed up the defenses good and threw us off and kept us on our heels. Then we didn’t capitalize and make them pay.”

Four players finished in double digits in scoring for the Spartans including Raven Russell (11), Gabrielle Swinson (11), Kendrea Dawkins (14) and Khadedra Croker (10). Croker also finished with a game-high 17 rebounds.

“They have a lot of weapons and a lot of different kids hurt us at different points in the game,” Batchelor said. “They are a tough team. They have a lot of size and I thought their size bothered us and they were effective.”

The Hawks will next host Delaware State on Monday (Feb. 26) for the regular season finale at 5:30 p.m.

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