Hawks Thankful for Second Chances Against Cecil
Heading into the holiday weekend, the College of Southern Maryland Hawks were hungry for a victory. Thanks to another strong second-half performance and the defense feasting on late turnovers, CSM came out victorious November 20 against the Cecil College Seahawks by a score of 89-87.
The Hawks scored eight unanswered points in the last two minutes of the game to earn their second win of the season. Sophomore guard Darnell Taylor had five steals in the game, including one in the final 10 seconds that was the dagger in Cecil's hopes of escaping with a win.
"That last group really locked in. We were able to get to the right spots and box out … these guys were fighting, they want to go get it, and they were able to get it done," head coach Alan Hoyt said of his team's defensive performance during their comeback.
After CSM went on a 10-2 run in a two-minute span, bringing the score to 72-81, the crowd started to get loud for the first time and did their part to help the Hawks' defense.
With two and a half minutes to go in the game, freshman guard Jason Newman stripped the ball from Cecil and sent it ahead to Taylor who converted the breakaway basket as the crowd again gave the Hawks more energy to maintain their defensive stand.
Freshman guard Quinton Gilliam hit a 3-pointer as the clock came down to one minute remaining that made the crowd and Hawks' bench absolutely erupt. Thirty nail-biting seconds later, CSM finally got the basket they had been battling for when sophomore guard Jerome Savoy converted a layup in transition, putting them ahead 88-87.
Hoyt said his team's performance was great at the end of the game and applauded "their ability to stay and fight through it all. I'm excited that we stayed with it, we were able to make a run, and pull this one out."
Savoy was the team's leading scorer with 22 points. Newman added 21 points of his own, Taylor ended up with 12 points and 8 assists, and freshman forward Miguel Evereteze had 15 points and 6 rebounds.