University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Hawks Grab Third Straight Conference Win over Bulldogs
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team secured its tenth victory of the season on Saturday evening, knocking off South Carolina State 76-70 at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.
“Huge road win, so many guys contributed,” Hawks coach Jason Crafton said. “That was a total team effort.”
Kevon Voyles served as the Hawks catalyst in the win, finishing with a game-high 27 points. The total was not only a career-high for Voyles, but the highest scoring effort of any Hawk this season. Voyles also brought in seven boards and was one of three Hawks to swipe three possessions from the Bulldogs on the night.
“Kevon had the hot hand,” Crafton said. “He made big time plays all night.”
The Hawks have a quick turnaround as they prepare for the second half of the road trip, battling North Carolina Central on Monday, January 23 in Durham. Tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. from McDougald-McLendon Arena.
Howard Men’s Basketball Takes Down Rival Morgan State
The Howard University men’s basketball team used its depth, balanced scoring and one of its best defensive efforts of the season into a convincing 88-56 win over Morgan State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) showdown before a packed house at Burr Gymnasium. With the win, the Bison (11-10, 3-1 MEAC) now have a share of first place in the MEAC standings, along with Norfolk State, Morgan State, North Carolina Central and Maryland Eastern Shore.
The Bears were led by senior guard Isaiah Burke with a game-high 21 points and Daiquan Copeland tallied 10 points off the bench.Howard will be seeking its fourth straight when it hosts Coppin State Monday (Jan. 23) at 7:30 p.m. in The Burr.
Saint Augustine University
Eagles Fly by Delaware State, 63-44, for Third Straight Home Win
The Saint Augustine’s men’s basketball team lost its fifth straight CIAA contest to the Claflin University Panthers in a tough last-minute heartbreaker. The Falcons were down several players, including true freshman, Nemo Johnson, but managed to gut out an inspiring performance despite being short-handed. Missed free throws by the Falcons and a late turnover sealed the victory for the Panthers as it took the game 56-51. The loss dropped the Falcons to 5-11 on the season, and 2-6 in conference play.
Jaylen Richard led the Falcons in scoring with 17 points.
In his Postgame comments, Head Coach Chucky Brown said, “It was a tough game. I agree with Chris (Hill), this was one of our better defensive performances helping one another out. There’s some self-inflicting things that wd did — missing the free throws — that’s too many free throws to miss against a good team. The turnovers late, you know we had turnovers, but the turnovers that was late really hurt us, and they made us pay for that.”
The Falcons will travel to Salisbury to take on Livingstone College Thursday, Jan. 26. Tipoff is set for 7:30 PM ET
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