Norfolk, Virginia – A disappointing season for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Mens Basketball Team came to a close on Monday night, following a 78-68 loss to Norfolk State in the first round of the MEAC Tournament.
“I thought we gave a valiant effort,” said Hawks head coach Bobby Collins after the season-ending loss.
“In this game you can’t make mistakes. We didn’t make the plays we needed to win, but I thought we played hard. My hat goes off to this team, they played well.”
Norfolk State took an early lead, but a late first half push from the Hawks kept the game close heading into the break. Down 32-21, Logan McIntosh hit a couple free throws, then Sean Hoggs and Cameron Bacote (Hampton, Virginia) nailed back-to-back layups to cut the deficit to 32-27 at the 1:12 mark.
Miryne Thomas spearheaded an early second half surge to get the Hawks back to 39-33, but Norfolk State went on another long run and eventually extended the lead to 68-48 with 7:39 to go. The Hawks then made their final push, cutting the deficit to 10 behind a 12-2 run over the next four minutes. Ahmad Frost hit a free throw at the 3:15 mark to make it 70-60 Spartans.
That is as close as the Hawks would get, playing even with the Spartans over the last three minutes of regulation.
McIntosh finished his final collegiate game with 14 points and five assists.
Playing in his home region, Bacote chipped in 14 points for the Hawks off the bench. MEAC All-Rookie selection Thomas muscled his way to his seventh double-double of the year with 12 points and 14 boards.
Steven Whitley flirted with a triple-double to lead the Spartans, going for a game-high 16 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. Jamerson knocked down five treys for 15 points, one of five NSU players to crack double figures.
The Hawks finish the season at 7-25 overall. The Spartans (14-18) will face No. 4 North Carolina A&T State in the MEAC quarterfinals on Thursday night.