St. Bonaventure Men's Basketball Game Preview: Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 15
Location: Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center
St. Bonaventure 0-1 | Maryland Eastern Shore 1-1
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Complete Game Notes (PDF)
St. Bonaventure looks to bounce back from a season-opening loss to Niagara when it hosts Maryland Eastern Shore on Wednesday. The Hawks are 1-1 on the year and come off a Sunday night loss at Maryland. This is a first round game in the Emerald Coast Classic.
• The Bonnies have played Maryland Eastern Shore three times, winning all but their most recent matchup, which was Dec. 22, 2014 at Reilly Center. In that game, St. Bonaventure overcame a 12-point halftime deficit but Maryland Eastern Shore held on for an 82-80 win. The Hawks went 10-17 from three-point range on the night. Senior center Youssou Ndoye pulled the Bonnies within 81-80 on a put-back with 27 seconds left, and MES guard Ishaq Pitts then missed two free throws. St. Bonaventure had a chance to take the lead, but then-freshman Jaylen Adams' three-pointer missed the mark with seven seconds left. MES grabbed the rebound and Pitts made one of two at the line with 4.3 seconds left. The Bonnies could not get off a final shot.
• St. Bonaventure beat UMES in 2008 and in 1981, both times at the Reilly Center.
• Jaylen Adams missed the Niagara game due to a sprained ankle and will be a game time decision for Wedenesday's contest. Already one of the most accomplished players in the program's history, the two-time first team All-Conference selection is on the preseason watch list for two national player of the year awards, the Oscar Robertson Award and Naismith Trophy.
• Matt Mobley, the other half of the Bonnies' dynamic duo in the backcourt, opened his senior season with 29 points and nine rebounds against Niagara. Mobley now has 16 games of 20 points or more in 32 games at St. Bonaventure. Like Adams, Mobley was named to the Atlantic 10's preseason first team All-Conference.
• This is the second of three consecutive home games for St. Bonaventure to open the season. The Bonnies face Jackson State Nov. 18 before playing their next five games away from home. Both the Maryland Eastern Shore and Jackson State games are opening round contests in the Emerald Coast Classic, although they have no bearing on the tournament schedule.
• Junior forward LaDarien Griffin made his second career start in the game against Niagara and made the most of his opportunity. The Jacksonville, Fla., native recorded the first double-double of his career with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 36 minutes of action.
• Courtney Stockard made his Bonnies debut against Niagara after missing back-to-back seasons with a foot injury. He had nine points, four rebounds and two blocks against Niagara.
UMES Scouting Report
• Eastern Shore is 1-1 on the season after a 96-43 loss at Maryland on Sunday. The Hawks opened the season with a 95-69 home win over Division III Valley Forge last Friday. In that win, freshman guard Cameron Bacote scored 28 points, making six of 12 shots from long range. Sean Hoggs added 23 points for UMES as he was 6-7 from behind the arc.
• Bacote scored 18 points against Maryland. He is 8-19 from three-point range this season.
• Senior guard Logan McIntosh is the only starter who returned for UMES this season. Last season the Atlanta native averaged 8.6 points per game, good for third on the team, and dished out 4.4 assists per contest.
• The Hawks have seven new players including five true freshmen.
• Eastern Shore has relied heavily on three-point shots in this early season, attempting 57 over its two games. The Hawks made 18 (31 percent).
• Last season, UMES finished 14-20 overall and 9-7 in the MEAC.
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