The start of the 2016-17 season hasn’t gone according to plan for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks through their first two games of the year.
A pair of four-point losses at the hands of the George Washington Colonials in the season opener, and in their home opener on Sunday against the UMBC Retrievers, are what the Hawks have to show for their efforts thus far. They’ve been competitive down to the wire, but haven’t been able to grab their first win of the new year.
On Tuesday, the Hawks opened up a five-game road trip with a game against the Boston College Eagles. Despite the Eagles losing their season opener to the Nicholls State Colonels, the Hawks were going to be in tough against their ACC foe.
From the outset of the game, the Eagles were in control of the game. Eastern Shore scored the first basket of the game less than 30 seconds in, but that was the only time they would lead on the night.
Guard Jerome Robinson scored a game-high 16 points, and the Boston College Eagles notched their first win of the season, holding down their home court with a 73-57 victory over the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks.
After Bakari Copeland hit a jumper in the first minute of the game for the Hawks to give them the early 2-0 lead, it was all about Boston College. A 13-3 run for the Eagles gave them a 13-5 lead, and they were off and rolling.
Jordan Chatman connected on a three pointer at the 12:45 mark of the first half to give the Eagles a 22-9 advantage, their largest lead of the half. The Hawks were able to cut the deficit down to as little as five points as the half wore on, but a layup from Johncarlos Reyes at the buzzer gave Boston College a 10-point cushion at half time.
As the second half kicked off, the Eagles maintained their advantage. They would slowly build on their lead as the half progressed, putting it out of reach with just over 6 minutes to play in the game.
A three pointer from A.J. Turner with 6:03 left on the clock gave the Eagles a 15-point lead, ultimately sealing the deal for the Hawks.
Credit the Hawks for continuing to fight right down to the buzzer, much like they have done all season so far, but they were unable to claw their way back from a double-digit deficit late in the second half.
Boston College secured their first win of the season, a 73-57 decision over Maryland-Eastern Shore in front of 2,051 fans inside the Silvio Conte Forum.
Bakari Copeland led the way for the Hawks, scoring a team-high 14 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 24 minutes of action. Foul trouble limited Copeland’s production on Tuesday.
Logan McIntosh continued his strong play to start the season, recording 11 points off the bench, while Dontae Caldwell recorded 10 rebounds for the Hawks.
Jerome Robinson did a little bit of everything for the Eagles on the night. He recorded a game-high 16 points to go along with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block.
Ky Bowman came off the bench to record 11 points, while A.J. Turner added 13 points and 4 assists of his own in the win.
Last season, the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks (0-3, 0-0) didn’t win their first game until their fifth contest of the year. This year looks to be on a similar trajectory.
The Hawks are back in action on Sunday afternoon, when they take on the Wichita State Shockers in game two of their five-game road swing.
– T. Bennett