COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The depth for the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks was tested on Sunday night, and it didn’t go well.
Eastern Shore hasn’t been dealt the best of hands to start the 2017-18 season. The list of injuries keeps growing with each passing day, and the depth of the team will be tested all season long. On Sunday, the Hawks took on the Maryland Terrapins, a day after news broke that guard Ryan Andino would be sitting out 2017-18 as a redshirt.
The Hawks went into battle with the Terrapins without another guard in the lineup, as Logan McIntosh missed the game due to an injury sustained in the Hawks’ season-opening win over Valley Forge on Friday night.
With the Hawks battling injuries, Eastern Shore’s six-game road swing didn’t get off on the right foot. Maryland seized control from the outset, and never took their foot off the gas.
The Terrapins shot 61.1% from the floor as a team on Sunday night, and they cruised to the 96-43 victory over the Hawks, moving to 2-0 on the year in the process.
Eastern Shore scored the first basket of the game, a two-point jumper from Cameron Bacote. From there, it was all Terrapins.
Dion Wiley hit back-to-back three point jumpers, and Maryland was off and running. The pair of triples from Wiley kicked off a 12-0 run for the home side, and that was a sign of things to come.
Later in the first half, The Terrapins rattled off a 17-0 run that spanned close to six minutes. When all was said and done, the Terrapins held a 43-15 lead at the end of the run, and they took a 44-18 lead into the break.
Guard Anthony Cowan recorded 12 points and eight rebounds in the first half. He finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, and three steals on the night, while going 5-for-7 from the floor.
For the second game in a row, Maryland had five players score in double-figures. Jared Nickens was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor, and 4-for-4 from three point range, and finished with 15 points.
Dion Wiley (13 points), Darryl Morsell (12 points), and Kevin Huerter (10 points) rounded out a balanced offensive attack that saw 12 players record at least two points for the Terrapins.
Freshman guard Cameron Bacote led all scorers with 18 points in the loss for the Hawks. It was the second game in a row in which he’s led in scoring. Bacote posted 28 points against Valley Forge on Friday.
Forwards LeAndre Thomas and Tyler Jones both fouled out of the game for the Hawks. The front court rotation is thin for head coach Bobby Collins, so Thomas and Jones will need to limit their fouls moving forwards.
The foul calls were skewed in one direction on Sunday, as the Hawks picked 25 personals to the Terrapins’ 12. Eastern Shore attempted just four shots from the free throw line.
Maryland Eastern Shore (1-1) will continue their six-game road swing on Wednesday night when they take on the St. Bonaventure Bonnies inside the Reilly Center. Tip off is set for 7:00pm EST.
The win opened up a four-game home swing for Maryland (2-0). The Terrapins host the Butler Bulldogs on Wednesday as a part of the Gavitt Tip-Off Games.
– T. Bennett