PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — The weather outside is frightful, at least for some on the East Coast of the United States right now.
A winter storm led to the closure of some schools on Friday, and some college basketball games have been rescheduled due to the high amounts of snow that have fallen in recent days. When you add in the wind chill and the cold weather warnings, it makes for a frigid time outdoors.
Luckily, the heaters will be on inside Hytche Arena on Saturday afternoon for college basketball action, as the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks host the Hampton Pirates in MEAC play. Both teams come in looking for their first conference win, and Saturday marks the MEAC opener for the Pirates.
The 2017-18 season is the last for Hampton in the MEAC, as they will be making a move to the Big South Conference come the 2018-19 campaign. A win over the Hawks on the road would be a great way to kick off their final season in the league as they have their sights set on the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
Here’s what you need to know in advance of Saturday’s tilt between Hampton and Maryland Eastern Shore.
Last Time Out
Saturday afternoon marks the first game of 2018 for Hampton, who haven’t played since December 30th, 2017. That night, they fell on the road against the UTRGV Vaqueros, 80-69. The Pirates held a five point lead at the half, but weren’t able to pick up the road win, as they allowed 51 points in the second frame and fell by 11.
Jermaine Marrow led all scorers on the night with 22 points, and was one of three Pirates to reach double figures. Kalin Fisher added 10 points and six assists, while Trevond Barnes recorded a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. The loss was the second straight for Hampton, and fifth in their last six games overall.
Maryland Eastern Shore opened up their MEAC schedule against the preseason favourite in the league, the Morgan State Bears. The offense for Eastern Shore came out firing in the first half, posting 48 points and hitting six straight three-pointers to close the half. The Hawks led by as many as 18 points in the second half, but couldn’t hold on in the end. Morgan State fought back and took home an 85-82 victory.
Logan McIntosh led all players for the Hawks with a team-high 23 points, on 9-of-14 shooting, to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Freshman forward Miryne Thomas recorded 18 points and nine rebounds, while fellow freshman Cameron Bacote was held off the scoreboard.
Ahmad Frost chipped in with 15 points and six assists before picking up his fifth foul towards the end of the game.
Hampton and Maryland Eastern Shore met twice last season, once in the regular season and once in the quarterfinals of the 2017 MEAC Tournament. While the Pirates picked up a narrow one-point win in the regular season, the Hawks picked up a win when it mattered most.
Behind 23 points from Tyler Jones and 17 points from Bakari Copeland, the Hawks knocked off the Pirates by two to advance in the tournament, 68-66. A layup from McIntosh in the closing seconds propelled the Hawks to the victory.
Marrow led all Hampton scorers with 19 points in the loss, while Lawrence Cooks added 13 points off the bench. The Pirates went on to take part in the 2017 CBI, where they fell in the opening round to the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.
Players to Watch
Hampton – Jermaine Marrow
As you can see from above, there’s a common trend surround Jermaine Marrow. More often than not, he leads the Pirates in scoring. Marrow is averaging a team-high 18.7 points per game this season, up from his average of 15.6 as a freshman. He is also averaging 4.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.2 steals per game, all of which are up from his freshman season totals. With six 20+ point performances and two double-doubles to his name already through non-conference play, Marrow is the brightest young star in the MEAC this season. We hinted at a potential sophomore slump for Marrow this season. We would like to retract that statement, as he has not only picked up where he left off after last season, but has taken another step forwards.
Maryland Eastern Shore – Logan McIntosh
On a personal level, senior guard Logan McIntosh has been playing some high quality basketball as of late. He is coming off a season-high 23 point performance against Morgan State, and has scored in double figures in four of his last five games. Over that stretch, the 6’4” guard from Atlanta is averaging 14.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. With the injury problems that Eastern Shore has had to endure this season, McIntosh does a little bit of everything on both ends of the floor. Against a Hampton team that features its own crop of talented guards, McIntosh will look to replicate his performance against Morgan State as the Hawks look to get on the board with their first MEAC win of the season.
Maryland Eastern Shore had a perfect opportunity to pick up a big win in their last time out against Morgan State, but their lack of experience cost them in the end. Head coach Bobby Collins said his guys ‘got scared’ late in the game, and ultimately gave away the win.
Their offense posted 82 points in the loss, which was their second-highest output on the year. With their team averaging just 58.4 points per game on average, it’s hard to see another high-scoring effort out of the Hawks. Then again, anything is possible.
On that end of the floor, the Pirates have more options. It’s as simple as that. The duo of Jermaine Marrow and Kalin Fisher will propel Hampton to a win in their MEAC opener, sending Eastern Shore to 0-2 in the process.
Hampton – 74
Maryland Eastern Shore – 60
– T. Bennett