Byrom, Hawks Suffer Loss At East Carolina
Dec. 4, 2016

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – Despite a game-high 23-point performance from sophomore guard Ciani Byrom (Winston-Salem, N.C.), the Hawks unable to come away with the victory as they lost to East Carolina (ECU), 66-58, inside the Minges Coliseum.

With the setback, Eastern Shore dropped to .500 (3-3) while the Pirates improved to 7-3 on the season.

ECU’s collective effort would be the difference as they outscored the Hawks off the bench, 29-3. Additionally, the Pirates outrebounded Maryland Eastern Shore, 45-34.

East Carolina opened the second half on a 7-0 run and extended their lead to double-digits, 42-30, at the 6:43 mark. Within the next two minutes, Eastern Shore battled back and trimmed the margin down to six after a fast-break layup from Byrom, 44-38.

ECU regained the momentum and ballooned the lead back to double-digits, 51-38, but a 6-0 spurt by the Hawks sliced the deficit down to seven after three periods, 51-44.

With less than four minutes remaining, the Pirates held their largest lead of the contest, 61-46, after a freebie by Dominique Claytor. The Shore refused to give up as they outscored ECU in waning moments, 12-5, to make the final score 66-58.

Byrom went 7-of-15 from the field and made nine foul shots. The North Carolina native also grabbed five boards and dished out three helpers in the loss.

Other Hawk performances included sophomore guard Keyera Eaton (Winston-Salem, N.C.) recording 14 points on 50-percent (5-of-10) shooting from the floor. Center Tori Morris (Herndon, Va.) added eight points and a team-high six rebounds in a losing effort.

After one, the Pirates held a five-point advantage, 19-14. Midway through the second, East Carolina’s Raven Johnson connected on a jumper and increased their lead to nine, 27-18. Maryland Eastern Shore answered with a 7-0 run, capped off by Morris’s layup, 27-25. With time running out before intermission, ECU had an eight-point advantage until a trey ball from Moengaroa Subritzky (Auckland, New Zealand) made the halftime score 35-30.

For East Carolina, 10 Pirates scored in the contest. Bre McDonald had a team-high 10 points despite shooting only 25-percent (5-of-20) from the floor. Fanni Custoras chipped in nine points off the bench in the victory.

On Dec. 7, the Hawks road trip continues in Emmitsburg, Md. as they meet in-state foe Mount St. Mary’s. Game-time is slated for 4 p.m. inside Knott Arena.

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