A year ago, the Southeastern Louisiana Lions didn’t win their fifth game until February 15th.
In 2016-17, the Lions were going for their fifth win before the month of November came to a close. They welcomed the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks to town, and put their 10-game home winning streak on the line in the process.
Early on, it looked as though the Hawks wee going to pull away from the Lions and cruise to victory. Eastern Shore opened the game on a 13-3 run over the first five minutes of the game, but the Lions weren’t going to go down without a fight.
They chipped away as the first half ticked away, and they closed the half on a 25-6 run that spanned the final 6:59. Southeastern Louisiana took a 16-point lead into the break, and never looked back.
Thanks to strong free throw shooting, the Southeastern Louisiana Lions extended their home winning streak to 11 games, dating back to last season, with their 85-75 win over the visiting Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks on Wednesday night.
After falling behind by 16 at the end of the first half, the Hawks came out in the second half looking to make up ground against the Lions. A three ball from Michael Chambers cut the Hawks’ deficit down to 48-42 with just over 14 minutes to play in the game.
Chambers would hit a pair of free throws a couple minutes later to get Eastern Shore to within five, but that was as close as they would get. Six straight points from Marlain Veal pushed the lead for Southeastern Louisiana back up to 11, and the Lions would cruise from there.
The story of the game for the Hawks was their foul trouble. As a team, they amassed 35 personal fouls, with both Thomas Rivera and Dontae Caldwell fouling out of the contest. Southeastern Louisiana went 32-of-46 (69.6%) from the free throw line on the night.
Thanks to their free throw shooting, the Southeastern Louisiana Lions were able to extend their home winning streak to 11 games with their 85-75 win over the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks.
For the Hawks, junior guard Ryan Andino continued his strong play to start the season. He scored a team-high 17 points off the bench, and made five of his six attempts from three point range.
It was the fourth game in double-figures for Andino this season, and he has hit at least two three-pointers in each of the Hawks’ seven games this year.
Bakari Copeland recorded 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Logan McIntosh recorded 7 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists in the loss.
Eddy Polanco led the way for Southeastern Louisiana, scoring a game-high 21 points to go along with 9 rebounds. He finished the game going 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
Marlain Veal (17 points) and Davon Hayes (15 points) each scored in double figures, while big man Dominic Nelson narrowly missed a double-double, recording 9 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
With the loss, the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks (0-7, 0-0) went winless on their five-game road trip. They return to Hytche Arena on Monday night to take on the Central Pennsylvania College Knights.
The Southeastern Louisiana Lions (5-3, 0-0) had to wait until February before making it to five wins a year ago. They will head on the road on Saturday for a game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
– T. Bennett