Hawks will face Bethune for third time, this time in MEAC 2nd round
March 6, 2018

If there is one thing that the University of Maryland Eastern Shore has learned about matching up with Bethune-Cookman (23-5) through two meetings this season, it’s that the Wildcats will not give you anything.

Eastern Shore (11-19) was within one point of the Wildcats with just minutes remaining in the fourth quarter at Bethune, but a pair of empty possessions on offense and back-to-back 3's by the Wildcats put them on a path to a 73-61 victory.

Earlier in the season at home, the Hawks managed just six points in the final quarter at home while the Bethune-Cookman scored eight. But that Wildcat total was enough to escape the William P. Hytche Athletic Center with a 55-48.

Now the Hawks will lace ‘em up one more time against The Wildcats in the second round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament.

“I think we know going into tomorrow that we can’t start a game against a team like Bethune and let them get up like that because they are capable and have shown they are capable of playing a solid 40 minutes of basketball,” Hawks coach Fred Batchelor said after Tuesday’s win against Delaware State. “That is going to be our challenge, playing 40 minutes instead of the 20 minutes of basketball we played here today.”

Alexus Hicks (Raleigh, North Carolina) came through with big shot after big shot against the Hornets, but the team never really got going until the second half, despite playing just well enough to stay close in the first.



As one of two seniors on the squad who has been on the team before this season, and one of the key components of the Eastern Shore squad that won in Daytona last season, she already has a pretty good idea what the team needs to do on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

“We need to make sure we rest tonight of course,” Hicks said. “And we need to go out fighting strong in the first half and making sure we box out and rebound and keep them off the glass.”

And before she had a chance to rest on that statement, Batchelor whispered a little something to her lest she forget.

“And we need to switch on the guard-to-guard screens,” she added.

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

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