On the heels of a blow-out loss to the Michigan State Spartans on Wednesday night, the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks took on their second-straight Big Ten team who is ranked in the top 10 in the country. Saturday afternoon, they paid a visit to College Park to take on the Maryland Terrapins in a little instate rivalry.
The Hawks were looking for a bounce-back performance against the Terrapins as they continued their seven-game road swing, and it looked as though they would hang around with the Terrapins. At the half, they trailed by just 6 points, and they appeared to have corrected some of the mistakes identified in the game against the Spartans.
However, it was an early second-half run by the Terrapins that took the wind out of the sails of the Hawks. Despite their strong showing in the opening 20 minutes, UMES was unable to keep up with Maryland as the game wore along.
Maryland came away with a 77-56 victory, stretching the Hawks’ losing streak to five games in the process.
In the opening minutes, Maryland would make several efforts to put separation between themselves and the Hawks, taking a five-point lead on a three-pointer from Melo Trimble less than 3 minutes into the game. However, the Hawks would stick around, and answer on offense. Thomas Rivera would answer Trimble with a three-pointer of his own to bring the Hawks back to within 2, but that was as close as they would get for the rest of the game.
The Terrapins took the lead on their first shot of the game, and would never relinquish it from there on out. Despite never taking a lead of their own, the Hawks hung around over the course of the first half. A 13-2 run for the Terrapins opened up a 14-point lead with 4:35 to play in the opening half, at 33-19.
From there, the Hawks would go on a run of their own to close out the half. A Dominique Elliott jumper at 3:56 kicked off a 10-2 run for the Hawks to close out the half, getting them back in the game in the process.
After the opening 20 minutes, the Hawks trailed the Terrapins by a manageable 6 points, at 35-29.
On the heels of their lengthy run to close out the first half, the Hawks had momentum on their side as they were within striking distance of the high-powered Terrapins. The momentum was short-lived, as Maryland opened the second half on a 19-6 run to take complete control of the game.
Trimble scored 8 points in the run, and the likes of Robert Carter and Rasheed Sulaimon made their presence felt as well.
From then on out, the rest of the game was a mere formality. Thanks to strong shooting from Jared Nickens, the Terrapins were able to maintain their lead, and hold off the Hawks as the second half came to a close.
After the run that stopped their momentum, the Hawks were never able to recover and make a dent in their deficit. They were outmatched in the second half, and the Terrapins rolled to the 77-56 victory on Saturday afternoon.
Despite the loss, there is one big positive that the Hawks can take from the game. Their starting five (Elliott, Ryan Andino, Bakari Copeland, Shane Randall, and Devin Martin) outscored the starting five for the Terrapins (Trimble, Carter, Sulaimon, Jake Layman, and Damonte Dodd) by a 51-40 margin. The Hawks’ bench was held to just 5 points, while Maryland’s bench players combined for 37 points, which was ultimately the difference in the game.
Big man Dominique Elliott continued his strong play as of late, scoring a game-high 20 points to go along with 8 rebounds in the loss. He did an excellent job against the forwards of Maryland, neutralizing their talents when on defense, and putting up points of his own on offense.
Devin Martin added 11 points, and Thomas Rivera chipped in with 9 points of his own.
In just 21 minutes of floor time, it was guard Jared Nickens who arguably had the biggest impact for the Terrapins in the game. He scored 12 points off the bench to help lead the Terrapins to victory.
Melo Trimble scored a team-high 18 points to go along with 4 assists, and Maryland overcame an off-game from Robert Carter to come away victorious. Freshman big man Diamond Stone came off the bench to score 12 points of his own, while Carter added 8 points in the victory.
The loss was the fifth-straight for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks (1-9) on their 7-game road swing. Playing on the road hasn’t been too kind to the Hawks this season, as they are 0-8 away from Hytche Arena. They will look to get back on the right track in their next outing when they take on the Old Dominion Monarchs on Friday evening.
After their road loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels, the win over the Hawks was the third-straight victory for the Maryland Terrapins (9-1). After overcoming adversity against the Connecticut Huskies, their win over the Hawks was the type of performance that Maryland fans were looking for. They will look to keep their run of strong play going when they welcome the Princeton Tigers to town on Saturday.