CSM Trounces Thomas Nelson Gators
The College of Southern Maryland Hawks seized their fifth victory of the 2018-19 campaign, clobbering the Thomas Nelson Community College Gators on December 8 by a score of 109-62.
The difference in this game came in large part from the Hawks getting out to a 58-23 lead at halftime. "It started on the defensive end. We were locked in the first half, got stops, got out in transition, and got a lot of easy shots," CSM head coach Alan Hoyt said.
The Hawks held the Gators to just 39.1 percent shooting from the floor and 18.2 percent from behind the 3-point line. CSM also forced Thomas Nelson to turn the ball over 28 times.
Hawks were able to run their offensive game plan with ease. Set plays weren't interrupted by Thomas Nelson's defense, good ball movement kept defenders scrambling, and several offensive rebounds led to second-chance points. The 47-point win was the Hawks' largest margin of victory of the season.
In CSM's last four games against Thomas Nelson, going back to the 2016-17 season, the Hawks have won by 47 (February 9, 2017), 58 (December 8, 2017), 46 (February 11, 2018), and now 47 points (December 8, 2018).
Even though the Hawks were able to get out to a sizable lead at halftime, Hoyt wanted his team to remain focused and finish the game strong.
"Good teams will not slack off," Hoyt said. "They'll keep getting their stops, they'll keep executing, they'll keep getting their layups. It is hard to play up by that much because you know you're not going to lose, but we're not playing not to lose, we're playing to win."
When this game that started at 3 p.m. was over, the Hawks had played two games in less than 24 hours with a game the previous night at 7 p.m. against CCBC Dundalk. Before the games on back-to-back days, Hoyt told his team to be ready and to be focused.
"At the national tournament, you could play at 5 o'clock one day and 9 o'clock the next day," Hoyt said. "You gotta be ready for whatever's thrown at you. As long as we're doing our part and we're ready, we can compete with anybody."
After setting several season-highs just weeks ago against St. Mary's College of Maryland (JV), the Hawks bested or reached some of those totals against the Gators. CSM posted their best night of shooting from the floor with a 56.8 field-goal percentage, and tied their season-highs in offensive rebounds (12), assists (25), and points (109).
Four CSM starters scored in double-digits in this contest. Freshman guard Jason Newman led the team with 35 points, freshman forward Kevin Mallett had 21, sophomore guard Darnell Taylor added 20, and sophomore guard Jerome Savoy scored 18. Mallett was also able to secure a double-double with 15 rebounds.