TORRID SECOND HALF PROPELS SAVANNAH STATE PAST HORNETS
Savannah, Ga. (Jan. 23, 2017) --- Savannah State shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the second half to highlight a 94-79 win over Delaware State in a MEAC men’s basketball contest at Tiger Arena this evening.
The Hornets dropped their fourth straight game to fall to 5-16 overall and 2-4 in the MEAC. The Tigers won their fourth in a row overall and third straight over DSU to improve to 8-12 and 5-2.
Delaware State led 43-41 at the half, but was outscored 53-36 in the final 20 minutes.
Savannah State connected on 16 of its 27 second half shots (59.3%), including seven three-pointers on 16 attempts (43.8%). The Tigers entered the contest as the MEAC’s top scoring team at 85.2 points per game.
The Hornets kept pace with Savannah State’s up-tempo style for much of the game. After trailing by as many as 11 in the first half, DSU rallied to pull ahead before intermission.
Keyed by Artem Tavakalyan, the Hornets took their first lead of the game late in the first half. Tavakalyan put DSU ahead 33-32 on a lay-up with 3:25 to go before intermission.
The Hornets led 43-39 after two free throws by Devin Morgan, but Savannah State’s Troyce Manassa nailed a shot at the first half buzzer to cut DSU’s lead to 43-41 at the break.
Delaware State outscored SSU 8-3 to start the second half, and pulled ahead 51-44 on a three-pointer by Dana Raysor, who scored five points during the spurt.
Savannah State answered by scoring 10 of the next 11 points, and opened up a 54-52 lead on a three-ball by Casey Wells with 1519 left to play.
The Tigers led by as many as 19 points in the second half.
Manassa led five SSU players in double-figures with a game-high 25 points. Manassa was 7-for-12 from the field and 5-of-8 on three-point shots.
Morgan, coming off the bench for the first time this season, was Delaware State’s top scorer with 16 points, highlighted by four three-pointers.
Tavakalyan added 15 points, while Raysor came off the bench to tally 13 for the Hornets.
Delaware State will return to action on Saturday (Jan. 28) to begin a three-game homestand against Florida A&M. The Youth Day contest is scheduled to tip-off at 4 p.m., following the DSU/FAMU women’s game in Memorial Hall. Delaware State will also host No. Carolina Central (Jan. 30) and No. Carolina A&T (Feb. 1) during the homestand.
…Delaware State’s Demola Onifade tied his career-high with four blocks in the game
… Hornet freshman guard Kobe Gantz had six assists to give him 12 in the last two games and 19 in the last four contests
… Kavon Waller was perfect on two three-point attempts, raising his streak to 12 games with at least one trey
…Gantz and Mahir Johnson (seven points) made their first start of the season for DSU
…Tavakalyan has 35 points in the last three games