Dover, Del. (Feb. 1, 2017) --- A visit by struggling North Carolina A&T was just what the doctor ordered for the Delaware State men’s basketball team, which ended its own recent slide with a wire-to-wire 82-65 MEAC win over the Aggies in Memorial Hall this evening.
The Hornets won for the first time since Jan. 10, a string of six games, to improve to 6-18 overall and 3-6 in the MEAC.
North Carolina A&T lost its 21st straight game to fall to 1-21 and 0-9.
Delaware State also won its fourth in a row over the Aggies, including a sweep of two contests this season.
Devin Morgan led a balanced DSU attack with a game-high 16 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 from three-point range.
Freshman Kobe Gantz came off the bench to match his career-high with 15 points. Gantz was 7-for-9 from the field and also dished out five assists.
DeVaughn Mallory was 7-for-10 from the field en route to highlight 14-point performance. Mallory is 12-for-15 from the field (.800) in the last two games.
Dana Raysor was the fourth Hornet to reach double-figures with 11 points on three three-point field goals (3-5) and 2-for-2 shooting at the free throw line.
Aaron Scales led three NCA&T players in double-figures with 14 points. He also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Hornets scored the first eight points of the game and opened up a 20-8 lead on a lay-up by Gantz at the 9:54 mark of the first half.
Delaware State held its biggest first-half lead, 42-25, on a three-pointer by Morgan with 1:42 left in the half.
The Aggies scored the last six points of the half to trim DSU’s lead to 42-31 at the break.
North Carolina A&T pulled to within eight points on three occasions in the second half, the last time after two free throws by Scales closed the gap to 65-57 with 6:44 left to play.
The Hornets answered by scoring nine of the next 10 points, and opened up a 75-58 lead on two free throws by Artem Tavakalyan with 4:03 remaining in the game.
The Aggies could get no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
Delaware State shot 50.8 percent for the game, connecting on 30 of its 59 shots, including 11-of-27 on three-pointers (40.7%).
The Hornets will be on the road for the next four games, beginning with a visit to Bethune-Cookman this Saturday (Feb. 4). Game time is 4 p.m. in Daytona Beach, Fla.
DSU will also visit Florida A&M (Feb. 6), Morgan State (Feb. 11) and Coppin State (Feb. 13) before returning home to face Morgan State again on Feb. 20.
… Gantz has 26 assists in the last seven games
… DSU’s Kavon Waller has at least one three-point field goal in 16 straight games
… Waller also had a career-high eight assists in the game
… Morgan has four-or-more three-pointers in 10 games this season
… Hornet senior DeAndre Haywood scored nine points to reach 994 for his collegiate career