OMAHA, Neb. — Playing away from home hasn’t been to kind for the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks this season.
In games played away from the Hytche Athletic Center, the Hawks are a combined 1-9. Their lone win came against the Jackson State Tigers in the Emerald Coast Classic. Eastern Shore went 1-1 in the event, and while they don’t count as road games due to the event being a neutral site, they weren’t playing on their home floor.
On Friday, the Hawks were in Omaha to take on the Creighton Bluejays for the first time in program history. The odds weren’t in their favour, but the Hawks were looking to put forth a strong effort to try and end their three game losing streak.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Bluejays put the game away early in the first half, thanks in large part to strong shooting from all areas of the floor.
As a team, Creighton shot over 52% from the floor, while holding Eastern Shore to just 23.6% shooting on the night. The Bluejays cruised to the 87-36 win over the Hawks, extending the Hawks’ losing streak to four games in the process.
Creighton used 12 players on Friday night, and each player recorded at least two points in the victory. Marcus Foster scored a game-high 15 points, while Khyri Thomas and freshman Ty-Shon Alexander scored 12 points apiece.
Ronnie Harrell, Jr. was held to just four points, but added 10 rebounds and four assists.
Freshman guard Cameron Bacote was inserted back into the starting lineup for the Hawks, and scored 12 points in the loss. Logan McIntosh came off the bench to score a team-best 13 points.
Forwards Tyler Jones and Miryne Thomas went a combined 3-of-24 from the floor, finishing with seven points between them.
Foster opened the scoring for the Bluejays, hitting a three pointer on the first possession. From there, Creighton went on a 13-0 run to open the game, keeping the Hawks off the scoreboard for close to five minutes.
McIntosh hit a pair of free throws at the 15:06 mark to end the run for the Bluejays and get the Hawks on the board, but the damage had already been done.
The Hawks’ couldn’t afford a slow start, and while they managed to cut the lead down to eight points at the under-12 media timeout, they were overwhelmed all night long. Mitchell Ballock scored five points in the final 1:26 of the first half to send Creighton into the break with a 45-17 lead, and the rout was on.
In the second half, the Bluejays would continue to pad their lead. A trifecta from Jordan Scurry with 2:46 to play gave Creighton a 52-point lead, its largest of the night. They cruised in the second half to the 87-36 victory.
The 36 points scored by Eastern Shore is the least number of points allowed by Creighton inside the CenturyLink Center.
Maryland Eastern Shore shot just 23.6% (13-of-55) from the field, while the Bluejays shot 52.4% (33-of-63) from the floor in the win.
With the loss, Maryland Eastern Shore (3-9, 0-0) have now lost four straight on their six-game road trip. They are back in action on Wednesday, December 20th against the Iowa State Cyclones.
The win extends the winning streak for Creighton (8-2, 0-0) to three games. They will look to make it four straight on Monday when they play host to the UT Arlington Mavericks.
– T. Bennett