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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

College Court Report Player of the Week: Patrick Cole, North Carolina Central Eagles

After leading North Carolina Central to a pair of conference wins this past week, extending their winning streak to nine games, senior guard Patrick Cole has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for February 6 - 12, 2017. (Source: L.G. Patterson - Associated Press)
After leading North Carolina Central to a pair of conference wins this past week, extending their winning streak to nine games, senior guard Patrick Cole has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for February 6 – 12, 2017. (Source: L.G. Patterson – Associated Press)

CALGARY, Alta. — Back when the 2016-17 season began, some ‘experts’ had the North Carolina Central Eagles dropping off a bit this season in the MEAC standings.

However, LeVelle Moton has the Eagles right at the top of the conference once again, and they are a threat to knock off a power conference team or two if they are able to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

As of February 13th, the Eagles are the only team in the MEAC with a record above .500 for the year. They also have a half-game lead atop the conference standings over the Norfolk State Spartans.

A big reason for the Eagles’ success this year has been the play of senior guard Patrick Cole. In his second year at North Carolina Central, the 6’5” guard has continued to stuff the stat sheet on both ends of the floor. Cole possesses a strong all-round game, and he is one of the best all-round players in the country.

This past week was another perfect example of his talents on both ends of the court. Cole scored 27 points in each of the Eagles’ two wins this past week, and shot 9-of-18 on both nights.

For his efforts this past week, North Carolina Central senior Patrick Cole has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for the week of February 6 – 12, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Patrick Cole, North Carolina Central Eagles

RECAP: Norfolk State edges Maryland-Eastern Shore for eighth straight victory, 75-69

Jonathan Wade scored a team-high 21 points, and the Norfolk State Spartans edged Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday afternoon for their eighth straight win.
Jonathan Wade scored a team-high 21 points, and the Norfolk State Spartans edged Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday afternoon for their eighth straight win.

NORFOLK, Va. — Once again, the Norfolk State Spartans are in contention for the MEAC title, and they are one of the hottest teams in the country that nobody is talking about.

The Spartans burst onto the national scene back during the 2012 NCAA Tournament, when they knocked off the 2-seed Missouri Tigers in the Round of 64 as a 15-seed themselves. While they would fall in the next round, the Spartans garnered national attention that was well deserved.

Fast forward to 2017, and the Spartans are once again trending upwards in the MEAC. On Saturday, they put their seven game winning streak on the line when they welcomed the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks to Norfolk, VA.

It was the only meeting between the two this season, and the Spartans were looking to keep on the right track, while the Hawks were looking to move up in the MEAC standings.

Early on, the Hawks took control, leading by as many as 16 points late in the first half. They held a slim two-point lead with under four minutes to play in the game, but the Spartans completed their comeback shortly thereafter.

Thanks to a 21-point, 11-rebound performance from Jonathan Wade, the Spartans clawed their way back in the second half and extended their winning streak to eight with a 75-69 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore. Continue reading RECAP: Norfolk State edges Maryland-Eastern Shore for eighth straight victory, 75-69

RECAP: Hampton escapes with 66-65 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore

Jermaine Marrow scored a game-high 20 points, and Hampton edged Maryland-Eastern Shore on Wednesday night, 66-65. (Source: Hampton Athletics)
Jermaine Marrow scored a game-high 20 points, and Hampton edged Maryland-Eastern Shore on Wednesday night, 66-65. (Source: Hampton Athletics)

HAMPTON, Va. — For the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, the 2016-17 season has had its fair share of ups and downs.

The season started out with seven straight losses, and they didn’t get their first win over a Division I school until December 21st against the UTEP Miners. That started a three-game winning streak, and the Hawks would replicate that once more in MEAC play.

Now, coming into Wednesday’s tilt against the Hampton Pirates, the Hawks saw their three-game winning streak end in their last outing. They fell to the Savannah State Tigers at home by five, 87-82.

On the flip side, the Pirates came into Wednesday having won their last outing, a 77-65 decision over the Coppin State Eagles that ended their three-game losing skid.

Both the Pirates and Hawks came into the game at 4-3 overall in MEAC play, so it was bound to be a tight contest right down to the wire.

The second half was a back-and-forth affair. Hampton took a 66-65 lead with 27 seconds left, but the Hawks still had two chances to win the game. After a pair of missed free throws from the Pirates, the Hawks put up one last shot at the buzzer.

It was off the mark, and Hampton escaped with a 66-65 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore. Continue reading RECAP: Hampton escapes with 66-65 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore

RECAP: Second half comeback leads Stetson to 76-67 win over Bethune-Cookman in Volusia County Rivalry game

On Wednesday night, Stetson and Bethune-Cookman met for the 30th time in the Volusia County Rivalry. Photo Sources: Bernard Miller - BCU Athletics)
On Wednesday night, Stetson and Bethune-Cookman met for the 30th time in the Volusia County Rivalry. (Photo Sources: Bernard Miller – BCU Athletics)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Wednesday night marked the 30th installment of the Volusia County Rivalry between the Stetson Hatters and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. In a rare mid-week non-conference battle in the midst of rigorous conference action, both teams came into the night looking for a momentum-building win.

There were several intriguing story lines coming into the match-up.

The Hatters held a commanding 23-6 advantage in the series coming into the night, but lost the last meeting between the two schools. Last season, the Hatters and Wildcats met on a pair of occasions, with each team winning once. Bethune-Cookman knocked off the Hatters in DeLand, 96-94.

A win on Wednesday would be the 10th win for the Hatters, and would eclipse their regular season win total from all of last season.

Following the post-season, Stetson finished at 12-22.

Lastly, sophomore forward Derick Newton came into the night needing just 14 points to pass the 1,000 mark for his young career.

With all of the additional story lines coming into the game, fans were in for a treat. Both teams did not disappoint, and it was yet another close encounter between the two instate rivals.

Despite falling behind by six at the break, Stetson came out in the second half looking to make up ground and take over the game. Behind the play of Newton and Divine Myles, the Hatters outscored the Wildcats by 15 points, and held on down the stretch for the 76-67 win. Continue reading RECAP: Second half comeback leads Stetson to 76-67 win over Bethune-Cookman in Volusia County Rivalry game

Stetson, Bethune-Cookman set to renew Volusia County Rivalry on Wednesday night

Jeffrey Altidort and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats are looking to make it back-to-back wins over the Hatters on Wednesday night.
Jeffrey Altidort and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats are looking to make it back-to-back wins over the Hatters on Wednesday night.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The cities of Daytona Beach and Deland are separated by a mere 24-mile drive down the US-92 E. Both are located in beautiful Volusia County, and are each home to a Division I university.

On Wednesday night, the two school add another chapter to their rivalry, as the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats welcome the Stetson Hatters to Daytona Beach for a rare non-conference date to kick off February.

While the rivalry doesn’t garner much attention on a national scale, it has provided fans of both programs some excitement, and the occasional stressful moment, in recent years.

Last season, the teams squared off on a pair of occasions. Stetson knocked off the Wildcats in Las Vegas as a part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic on Thanksgiving Night, 83-70.

Then, in an instant classic inside the Edmunds Center in Deland, the Wildcats evened the season series with a 96-94 win over the Hatters.

Wednesday night’s tilt marks the 30th meeting between the two schools, and the Hatters hold a commanding 23-6 lead in the series. Both teams are looking for a big win to give themselves some positive momentum as they march towards the post-season, but only one will come out on top. Continue reading Stetson, Bethune-Cookman set to renew Volusia County Rivalry on Wednesday night