Hawks Beaten After Colliding with Chesapeake Skipjacks
In a tough fight that went down to the final round between the College of Southern Maryland Hawks and the Chesapeake College Skipjacks on January 7, the Hawks came out defeated by a score of 71-68.
The Hawks were punched square in the face and knocked to the ground immediately after the opening tip. The Skipjacks started the game on a 9-0 run before CSM scored their first basket four minutes into the game. Chesapeake didn't relent as their lead eventually ballooned to 15 points, their largest of the game, when the score was 19-4 after seven and a half minutes of action had transpired.
The Hawks stopped the bleeding and got their feet underneath them, managing to stay within striking distance for the rest of the first half. CSM went into the locker room at halftime trailing by only six points, 38-32.
The Hawks had to fend off some punches from the Skipjacks at the start of the second half, but jabbed their way back into the game. CSM tied the score at 52 with 10 minutes left in the game after a goaltend violation on Chesapeake, and then took their first lead on the next possession as sophomore guard Darnell Taylor converted a Chesapeake turnover into a transition bucket.
The game went back and forth the rest of the way as both teams would either tie or only manage to take a two-point lead.
Chesapeake retook the lead at 66-64 with a minute and ten seconds remaining, however, and CSM was never able to tie the game back up. The Hawks' last chance to force the game into overtime came with 2.2 seconds left on the game clock and the Skipjacks leading 71-68. CSM drew up a good 3-point play out of a timeout and sophomore guard Jerome Savoy had a clean look at the basket, but his shot banged off the back of the rim and out.
The Hawks had their worst 3-point-shooting night of the season, as they only made three of their 22 shots from beyond the arc for a 13.6 percentage. This was also the second-fewest points the Hawks scored this season.
All five CSM starters scored in double digits. Savoy and freshman forward Kevin Mallett led the team with 15 points. Freshman guard Quinton Gilliam added 14 points. Taylor finished with 11 points, and sophomore forward Damon Gaither contributed 10 points.
This loss snapped CSM's five-game win streak. The Hawks are now 8-10 overall and 4-4 in the conference.