PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — With the conference title long out of the picture, Monday night’s contest is for pride.
The Delaware State Hornets visit the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks in the only meeting of the 2017-18 season between the two schools, and both will be looking for a win to avoid the last-place spot. Monday marks the final game for the Hawks in the regular season, and a win would keep them out of the final spot.
As for the Hornets, who enter the day in 13th place of the 13-team league, they are hoping to pick up a win that would move them into a tie with the Hawks for 12th. The win would give Delaware State the 12th spot in the field, keeping them out of a solo last-place finish.
Nobody wants to finish in last place in the regular season standings, which is why both teams will bring their best on Monday night inside the Hytche Athletic Center. The Hawks will be honouring their seniors, and will want to send the pair of Logan McIntosh and Najee Fitzgerald off with a win.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The race for the regular season crown in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is shaping up to be a three-horse race between the Savannah State Tigers, North Carolina A&T Aggies, and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.
On Saturday, the Wildcats were looking to keep pace with the Tigers and Aggies atop the league, as they came into the day in third spot. Bethune-Cookman welcomed the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks to town, who were looking to play the role of spoiler on the road.
It was the second of two regular season meetings between the two programs in 2017-18. Back on January 8th, the Wildcats picked up an 89-84 win over the Hawks in Princess Anne, MD.
Eastern Shore was looking for a bit of redemption, but the Wildcats had other ideas.
BALTIMORE, Md. — In seven of their eight conference games, including Monday night, the Coppin State Eagles have scored above their seasonal average in terms of points per game.
Coppin State posted four players in double figures on Monday night, and they capped off a perfect three game home stand with a 71-68 victory over the visiting Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks. The win was the Eagles’ fourth win on the season, pushing them to 4-4 in conference play.
The loss dropped the Hawks to 1-8 against MEAC opponents on the year.
Coming into the game, the Eagles ranked last in the country in terms of points per game scored on offense. Sitting at an average of 58.8 points per game, the Eagles have found their groove as of late. Over their three game winning streak, they have scored at least 71 points.
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.
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Don’t look now, but the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats are tied atop the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference standings. The Wildcats used a second-half comeback to top the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks on Monday night, 89-84.
It marks the third straight win for Bethune-Cookman after a four game losing streak that brought them to the end of 2017.
In the MEAC preseason poll, the Wildcats were picked to finish ninth out of the 13 teams in the league. Through three games, Bethune-Cookman has proven the voters wrong, and look like a team that could very well take home the conference title come the end of February.
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.