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2017 CIT opens up with the second annual John McLendon Classic

On Monday night, Ryan Kemrite and the Liberty Flames will go for their 20th win of the year when they host Norfolk State in the second annual John McLendon Classic to open the 2017 CIT. (Source: Liberty University)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Post-season basketball is back!

On Sunday night, the fields were released for the four post-season tournaments that will take place over the next four weeks. The 68 teams who are participating in the NCAA Tournament were released first, followed by the fields for the NIT, CIT, and CBI.

It’s worth noting that the Vegas Sixteen event that was introduced last season will not be played this season, but the founders are hopeful that it can return next year.

Arguably our favourite tournament, from a sheer team standpoint, is the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The field is composed of ‘mid-major’ programs who are deserving of a post-season berth, and it uses the old NIT format, where there is no set bracket.

The CIT has several marquee games in the first round which pay homage to past coaches in college basketball. They have added several ‘classics’ to this year’s slate, which adds more appeal to the event.

The second annual John McLendon Classic will be played on Monday night, which opens up post-season play across the country. The Liberty Flames will play host to the Norfolk State Spartans, in what is a great way to kick off an exciting three-week stretch of post-season basketball. Continue reading 2017 CIT opens up with the second annual John McLendon Classic

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: North Carolina Central cruises to 35-point win over Bethune-Cookman

Dajuan Graf scored a game-high 18 points to go along with nine rebounds, and all five starters scored in double-digits as North Carolina Central cruised into the MEAC semifinals with a 95-60 victory over Bethune-Cookman.

NORFOLK, Va. — A two-game losing streak to enthe regular season is all but a distant memory for the North Carolina Central Eagles.

Losses to the Savannah State Tigers and North Carolina A&T Aggies generated a bit of concern surrounding the Eagles heading into the MEAC Tournament. However, the Eagles had the top seed in the tournament locked up, and they weren’t too concerned with their level of play.

On Wednesday, in their quarter-final match-up with the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, the Eagles flexed their muscle and showed why they are the team to beat.

The Wildcats were playing their second game in as many days, and were coming off a win over the Delaware State Hornets in the First Round on Tuesday, 69-62. With the Eagles having several days of rest in between games, they came out with fresh legs and pulled away early.

North Carolina Central cruised to the 95-60 win over Bthune-Cookman, thus earning themselves a spot in the semifinals on Friday. Continue reading RECAP: North Carolina Central cruises to 35-point win over Bethune-Cookman

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