South Padre Island, Tex. (Nov. 23, 2012) --- Kinu Rochford hit a follow-up basket with 0.5 seconds left to give Fairleigh Dickinson a 63-62 win over Delaware State in a South Padre Island Invitational contest today.
The Hornets led 62-61 when FDU's Melquan Bolding missed the second of two free throws with 2.2 seconds left. Rochford grabbed the offensive rebound and hit a shot in the lane for the game-winning points.
A desperation full court heave by Delaware State's Miles Bowman was wide of the basket at the final buzzer.
The Hornets led 59-52 after a free throw by Jabari Joyner with 35 seconds left to play.
On the ensuing possession, Fairleigh Dickinson's Mustafaa Jones hit a three-point shot to pull the Knights to within 59-55 with 27 ticks on the clock.
Delaware State committed a turnover on its next possession, resulting in a follow-up basket by Rochford to cut the Hornets' lead to 59-57 with 16 seconds showing on the clock. Rochford was fouled on the play, but missed the free throw. Bell grabbed the rebound for the Hornets and was immediately fouled. He hit two free throws to stretch the DSU lead to 61-57 with 15 seconds remaining.
On the next possession, Jones missed a three-point shot for the Knights; but Rochford again grabbed the rebound and scored to pull FDU to 61-59 with five seconds to go in the game. He was again fouled on the play; but this time hit the free throw to cut the Hornets' lead to 61-60.
Delaware State's Tahj Tate was fouled on the ensuing inbounds play. Tate hit the first free throw but missed the second to give the Hornets a 62-60 lead with 4.5 seconds remaining.
After a Fairleigh Dickinson timeout, the Knights inbounded the ball from the backcourt. Bolding rushed the ball up-court and was fouled by Delaware State's Casey Walker in the front court with 2.2 seconds left, setting the game-winning sequence.
The Hornets trailed 20-12 in the first half, but rallied to tie the game at 23-23 on a follow-up basket by Amere May with 3:07 left in the opening period.
FDU led 27-25 at halftime.
The Hornets hit four of their first six second half shots, and opened up a 37-33 lead on a free throw by Kendall Gray with 14:44 left to play.
Tate was high scorer for DSU with 16 points, while Gray came off the bench to add 11. Gray had nine points (4-4 FGs), six rebounds and five blocks for the Hornets.
Rochford led all players with 19 points and 14 rebounds. His performance included seven offensive rebounds.
Fairleigh Dickinson (1-3) won for the first time this season, while Hornets (3-3) dropped their third straight game.
Delaware State was 22-for-48 from the field (45.8%), but only 4-of-17 from three-point territory (23.5%). The Hornets missed nine free throws, hitting 14-of- 23 in the game.
Fairleigh Dickinson hit 25 of its 54 shots from the floor (46.3%). The Knights were 4-of-11 from beyond the arc and 9-for-15 at the line.
FDU outrebounded the Hornets 33-30.
The Hornets will take on Navy or Prairie View in their South Padre Island Invitational finale on Saturday (Nov. 24) at 11:45 a.m. ET.