The season didn’t start as planned for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks. They opened the season with a 1-10 record, including two losses in the December portion of conference play. Their record was a far cry from their performance a season ago.
In their last time out, they ended a six-game losing streak with a massive road win over the American Eagles, 79-64. Senior leader Devin Martin scored a career-high 34 points in the win.
Tuesday afternoon saw the Hawks go for their second-straight win as they took on the Central Pennsylvania College Knights inside Hytche Arena in Princess Anne, MD. Martin didn’t waste any time in setting a new career high.
Martin set a new career-high with 37 points, and the Hawks shot 67.7% from the floor en route to the 115-86 victory on Tuesday afternoon.
With the exception of a brief 2-2 tie at the 17:42 mark of the opening half, the Hawks led for the entire game. Martin hit a layup at the 17:08 mark of the opening half to give the Hawks a 4-2 lead, and they were off to the races.
Martin’s layup kicked off a lengthy 20-2 run that pushed the Hawks’ lead to 22-6, and the rout was on. Maryland-Eastern Shore would push the lead to as many as 24 on several occasions in the first half, with the last being at the 5:10 mark on a pair of free throws from Mark Blackmon.
John Starks, Jr connected on a three-pointer to bring the Knights to within 15 points as the first half wound down, but the Hawks would push the margin back to 19 before the half was out. Derrico Peck beat the buzzer on a tip-in basket, and the Hawks led 53-34 at the break.
The second half was more of the same, as the Hawks would slowly build on their lead, never letting the Knights get close to the lead in the process. Central Pennsylvania would cut the deficit to 15 points early in the half, thanks to Tyree Tucker, but that’s as close as they would come.
Maryland-Eastern Shore would build their lead over the course of the second half, leading by as many as 32 points on a pair of occasions as the clock wound down. Peck and Martin led the team over the course of the game, but it was a balanced attack that led to the win.
When the dust settled, the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks came away with their second straight victory in the form of a 115-86 rout of the Central Pennsylvania College Knights.
The Hawks were too much for the Knights in several statistical categories. Maryland-Eastern Shore shot an astounding 67.7% from the floor, in comparison to Central Pennsylvania shooting 44.4%. The Hawks held a commanding 53-21 advantage in terms of rebounding, and a 27-14 advantage in terms of assists. Tuesday afternoon was a dominant performance for the Hawks from start to finish.
Every player who checked in for the Hawks recorded at least 4 points, and four different players reached double-figures in the win. Devin Martin’s career-high 37 points were a game-high, and he was one of three Hawks to also record 10 rebounds. Derrico Peck added 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench in the win.
Forward Bakari Copeland recorded a double-double of his own, tallying 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Dominique Elliott added 15 points and 5 rebounds.
For the Knights, they shot the ball well but it’s tough to knock off a team who shots close to 68% from the floor. Guard Andre Batte led the way for the Knights, scoring a team-high 24 points in the loss.
Tyree Tucker added 21 points of his own, and Johnny Rhodes added 9 points and 3 assists.
Tuesday afternoon marked the second straight victory, and second straight impressive performance, for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks (3-10, 0-2). These two wins could be the momentum starter the Hawks need before they head back on the road for four straight games. Maryland-Eastern Shore will kick off their four-game road trip with a date against the Saint Joseph’s Hawks on December 29th.