On Monday night, the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks received a short, yet much-needed break from the road. They played their first game inside Hytche Arena since November 13th, when they fell to the UMBC Retrievers in the second game of the year.
The Hawks welcomed the Central Pennsylvania College Knights to town. Central Penn had played their fair share of Division I teams early in the season, including the Georgetown Hoyas and Liberty Flames.
Maryland-Eastern Shore entered Monday’s game on an eight-game losing streak that dates back to the end of last season. They were looking to get the monkey off their backs and get into the win column for the year, but had their hands full with the Knights early on.
Eastern Shore fell behind by eight early on, as the Knights took a 17-9 lead. With 9:30 to play in the opening half, Ryan Andino hit a three pointer to give the Hawks a 22-21 lead. Logan McIntosh followed with a layup a few minutes later to give the Hawks a 28-27 advantage, and they never trailed the rest of the way.
The Hawks took a 42-32 lead into the break, thanks in large part to a 16-5 run, and never looked back.
Maryland-Eastern Shore knocked off Central Pennsylvania for their first win of the season, holding down home court with the 87-74 victory.
Andino led the way for the Hawks, scoring a team-high 20 points, while shooting just 6-of-17 from the floor. All six of his field goals were from three point range, where he went 6-of-16.
As a team, Eastern Shore went a combined 7-of-28 from beyond the arc.
McIntosh made his second start of the season, and put in a solid performance on both ends of the floor. The junior guard recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Hawks’ head coach Bobby Collins had a few words of constructive criticism for the guard following the game.
“Logan is a real threat for us,” said Collins. “He can really score the basketball and I give him the freedom to do it. He has made the right decisions for the most part.”
“He just has to limit his turnovers,” concluded Collins.
McIntosh turned the ball over twice on Monday, and is averaging 2.1 turnovers per game this season.
While a win is a win, and the Hawks put an end to their losing streak, Collins wasn’t pleased with the way the team played overall.
“I’m going to throw this one in the trash can,” Collins said. “I’m going to take the W, but the way we played we did not take a step toward getting better tonight.”
The Knights out-rebounded the smaller Hawks, 43-39. Both teams scored 30 points in the paint on the night.
Eastern Shore got 33 points from their bench players, including 13 points from Thomas Rivera, and 11 points from Derrico Peck.
Tyree Tucker scored a team-high 20 points for Central Pennsylvania, while Tyrie Orosco added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.
With the win, the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks (1-7, 0-0) can now turn their focus to win number two, and no longer have to focus on getting the first one out of the way. The Hawks return to the court, and the road, on Wednesday night, as they begin a six-game road trip with a date against the Virginia Tech Hokies.
– T. Bennett