NICEVILLE, FLA. – Freshman guard Colen Gaynor scored a career high 15 points, while tying a school record by making all five three-point attempts, as Maryland Eastern Shore held off Jackson State, 66-63, in the Emerald Coast Classic basketball tournament Friday.
Sophomore forward Tyler Jones collected his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-11 rebounds for Maryland Eastern Shore which improved to 2-3.
The Hawks will face Tennessee Tech at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Jeremiah Jefferson led Jackson State (1-4) with 20 points, including 12 in the first half. Chace Franklin chipped in with 18 points and six assists.
The Tigers were plagued by cold shooting, hitting just 35.4 percent from the floor (23-65), including 25 percent in the second half (9-35).
With the score tied at 45-45, Maryland Eastern Shore went on a 7-0 run fueled by five points from Jones.
Logan McIntosh, returning to the lineup after being sidelined the last three games because of a back injury, added 10 points for Maryland Eastern Shore.
Jackson State will meet Omaha at 10 a.m. Saturday.