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Maryland Eastern Shore Basketball: Previewing the North Carolina Central Eagles

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Ahmad Frost and the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks will look to end their four game slide on Monday night when they host the North Carolina Central Eagles. (Source: Delmarva Now) (Header: Getty Images)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Conference play is in full swing in the MEAC, and it’s been a surprising first three weeks to say the least.

After being picked ninth and 13th in the preseason polls, respectively, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and North Carolina A&T Aggies enter the new week atop the conference standings at 5-0. Both have winning streaks of at least five games, and have shown no signs of slowing down.

Nipping at their heels is a team that knows what it takes to win the conference title. Last year’s champion, the North Carolina Central Eagles, enter Monday night’s match-up with the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks at 4-1 in conference play. The Eagles will look to pick up another win and keep pace with the Wildcats and Aggies atop the standings.

As for the Hawks, they are looking to put an end to their losing streak and play the role of spoiler in the MEAC. At 1-5 in conference play, Eastern Shore comes into the day in 12th spot in the 13-team league. It’s the second of three straight home games for the Hawks, and they’ll be looking to give their fans something to cheer about.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday’s tilt between the Eagles and Hawks. Continue reading Maryland Eastern Shore Basketball: Previewing the North Carolina Central Eagles

RECAP: Maryland-Eastern Shore blows halftime lead, recovers for 68-66 win over Hampton

Logan McIntosh got a layup to fall in the closing seconds, giving Maryland-Eastern Shore a 68-66 win over Hampton in the MEAC quarter-finals. (Source: Eastern Shore Basketball) (Header: University of Maryland-Eastern Shore)

NORFOLK, Va. — College basketball is a 40-minute game.

On Thursday night, both the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks and Hampton Pirates proved that to be true in their quarter-final match-up in the MEAC Tournament.

With a spot in the semifinals on the line, and a date against the top-seed North Carolina Central Eagles, it was a tale of two halves for both teams.

An early run from the Hawks highlighted a big first half for Maryland-Eastern Shore, which led to a nine-point lead at the break. In the second half, a lengthy run for the Pirates gave them a one-point lead in the closing minutes.

As expected, the game came down to the final possession. After the Hawks took a two-point lead on a layup from Logan McIntosh with 12 seconds to play, the Pirates had one last chance to force overtime, or take a win.

Lawrence Cooks missed a three pointer with three ticks on the clock, but the Pirates grabbed the rebound. Trevond Barnes got a layup to fall for Hampton, but the buzzer had sounded.

It was a roller-coaster of emotions for the Hawks on Thursday, but they earned a spot in the MEAC semifinals with a 68-66 win over Hampton. Continue reading RECAP: Maryland-Eastern Shore blows halftime lead, recovers for 68-66 win over Hampton

RECAP: Maryland-Eastern Shore punches ticket to MEAC Tournament quarter-finals with win over North Carolina A&T

Ryan Andino went 5-of-9 from three point range on Monday for 15 points, and Maryland-Eastern Shore used a second half comeback to advance to the MEAC quarter-finals with a 74-67 win over North Carolina A&T. (Source: Eastern Shore Basketball)

NORFOLK, Va. — No matter who you are, it’s always tough to beat the same opponent on three occasions in the same season.

Last year, the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks proved that in their opening game of the 2016 MEAC Tournament. After scoring a pair of wins in the regular season over the Morgan State Bears, the Hawks opened the conference tournament looking for win number three.

Morgan State had other ideas, and put an end to the Hawks’ season.

Fast forward to the 2017 MEAC Tournament, and the Hawks find themselves in the same situation. In the regular season, the Hawks knocked off the North Carolina A&T Aggies in both meetings. On Monday night, the two teams squared off for the third time this year.

The Hawks won both regular games by 11 points, with the second win coming in a triple-overtime thriller.

Despite trailing by four points at the half, the Hawks ensured that history would not repeat itself. Eastern Shore scored 40 points in the second, and they pulled away down the stretch for the 74-67 victory. Continue reading RECAP: Maryland-Eastern Shore punches ticket to MEAC Tournament quarter-finals with win over North Carolina A&T

RECAP: Maryland-Eastern Shore sneaks by Morgan State in regular season finale, 67-66

Ryan Andino hit a three to cap off an 8-0 run for Eastern Shore with under two minutes to play, propelling the Hawks to the 67-66 win over Morgan State in their regular season finale. (Source: Delmarva Now)
Ryan Andino scored 13 points on Thursday night, and Maryland-Eastern Shore used an 8-0 run in the final two minutes to come away with the 67-66 win over Morgan State in their regular season finale. (Source: Delmarva Now)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Coming into Thursday night’s regular season finale in the MEAC, there were several different scenarios that could play out for both the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks and the Morgan State Bears.

A win for the Bears would secure them the second seed in the conference tournament. Due to the Norfolk State Spartans being idle, the Bears would have made it a two-way tie for second spot with a 12-4 conference record. However, the Bears beat the Spartans back at the beginning of conference play, thus holding the tie-breaker.

As for the Hawks, regardless of how the game played out for them, they had secured the fifth seed in the MEAC Tournament. A loss, coupled with wins from a pair of other teams, would have created a three-way tie for sixth. The Hawks held the tiebreaker, thus Eastern Shore having secured the six seed.

Note: the Savannah State Tigers are ineligible for post-season play this season due to low APR scores.

Both teams were looking to ride the momentum of a win into the conference tournament. On their Seniors Night, the Hawks wanted to send their graduating players off to the post-season on a high note.

The game came down to the wire, but it was a sharp-shooting junior who ultimately sent the Hawks to the win.

A late three from Dontae Caldwell capped off a late 8-0 run for the Hawks, and they held on for the 67-66 victory to close out the regular season. Continue reading RECAP: Maryland-Eastern Shore sneaks by Morgan State in regular season finale, 67-66

RECAP: McIntosh floater lifts Maryland-Eastern Shore to 65-64 win at Delaware State

Logan McIntosh (left) got a floater to fall in the final minute to help lift Maryland-Eastern Shore past Delaware State on the road on Saturday afternoon, 65-64.
Logan McIntosh (left) got a floater to fall in the final minute to help lift Maryland-Eastern Shore past Delaware State on the road on Saturday afternoon, 65-64.

Dover, DE — The middle of the MEAC standings are more congested than a Canadian Costco on a Saturday afternoon.

Coming into Saturday’s action, five and a half games separated the third place team from the team in 12th. While the North Carolina Central Eagles still have a stranglehold on top spot in the conference, it appears as though that a number of teams have a legitimate shot at the MEAC tournament title, which takes place in Norfolk, VA from March 6-11, 2017.

Saturday saw the Delaware State Hornets welcome the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks to town in a battle of two teams who were looking to improve their standing as the regular season winds down.

In front of their home crowd, the Hornets led for the majority of the contest. The Hawks would never hold a lead of their own until the final two minutes of the game, but that’s all they needed. Continue reading RECAP: McIntosh floater lifts Maryland-Eastern Shore to 65-64 win at Delaware State

RECAP: Maryland-Eastern Shore edges Bethune-Cookman in overtime, 82-81

Bakari Copeland (above) and Ryan Andino (top) scored 22 points apiece on Monday night, and Maryland-Eastern Shore overcame a five-point deficit at halftime to edge Bethune-Cookman in overtime, 81-80. (Source: Maryland-Eastern Shore Basketball)
Bakari Copeland (above) and Ryan Andino (top) scored 22 points apiece on Monday night, and Maryland-Eastern Shore overcame a five-point deficit at halftime to edge Bethune-Cookman in overtime, 81-80. (Source: Maryland-Eastern Shore Basketball)
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Little did we know at the start of the season, but the race for the MEAC crown is shaping up to be one of the more exciting ones in the country.

Heading into Monday’s action, as many as eight teams looked to have a realistic shot at the title. Some teams have stronger chances than others, but anything can happen on any given night. While only  one team had a winning record overall on the year, the level of parity in the league from one through ten is what makes the race that enticing.

Down in Princess Anne on Monday, two teams that were looking to move up in the standings squared off. The Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks were looking to stay in the top half of the standings, while the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats were looking to play spoiler and move up the standing themselves.

The Wildcats got hot towards the end of the first half and took a five point lead into the break. In the second, the Hawks fought their way back into the game, and forced overtime.

A pair of free throws in the final minute of the extra frame by Bakari Copeland gave the Hawks a slim 82-61 lead. The Wildcats had the last shot of the game, but it was off the mark, and the Hawks escaped with the one-point win at home over Bethune-Cookman. Continue reading RECAP: Maryland-Eastern Shore edges Bethune-Cookman in overtime, 82-81