Hawks take 2, look for 3 versus Coppin
Keyera Eaton is averaging 5.9 points and 3.9 rebounds since MEAC play began.
Jan. 28, 2018

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore put together its first win streak of the season with wins this week against North Carolina Central and Howard. But the Hawks have their eyes on three in a row as they travel to Coppin State on Monday (Jan. 29).

The Hawks (6-14, 3-5 MEAC) will face the Eagles (5-14, 4-3 MEAC) at 5:30 p.m. as part of a mens and womens doubleheader. CSU improved to over .500 in the MEAC with a 56-39 win over visiting South Carolina State on Saturday afternoon at the PEC Arena.

Genesis Lucas led all scorers with 18 points along with eight rebounds and six assists while Chance Graham notched another double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Maraiyah Smith also reached double figures with 14 points with three 3-pointers.

Lucas is the key to the Eagles offense averaging 18.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 steals on defense. Graham — a 5-foot-11 sophomore center — is 2nd in scoring with 11.8 points per game and pulls down 9.3 rebounds a contest.

The Eagles are averaging just 7.7 steals and 1.6 blocks a game as a team, but it’s the defense that concerns head coach Fred Batchelor. CSU plays a lot of zone defense and he expects third-year coach DeWayne Burroughs to have his squad employ a zone for most if not all of the contest.


 

 

“They’ll be ready to force us to knock down shots,” Batchelor said. “We need to be prepared to do just that.”

The Hawks are shooting just 36 percent from the field for the season and haven’t eclipsed 40 percent in the last six games. Particularly concerning against the zone is the team’s 21 percent from behind the arc in MEAC play.

Bairesha Gill-Miles (Lexington, Kentucky) racked up her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 boards and is now averaging 11.3 points and 7.1 rebounds.

Jordyn Smith (Durham, North Carolina) is averaging 7.7 points and 6.1 rebounds, but has ratcheted up her play in conference.

Junior Ciani Byrom (Winston-Salem North Carolina) is averaging 8.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

Following, the battle in Baltimore, the Hawks will be off until they play at Florida A&M on Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on Eastern Shore Athletics visit http://www.easternshorehawks.com/.

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