DELAWARE STATE "HORNETS" (9-10; 4-1 MEAC)
VS. NO. CAROLINA CENTRAL "EAGLES" (13-7; 6-0 MEAC)
Site - Dover, Del. (Memorial Hall - 2,000)
Date: Sat., Feb. 2, 2013; Tip off - 4:00 p.m.
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Surging Delaware State takes on red-hot North Carolina Central in a battle of two of the MEAC's top four teams. The Hornets have won their last three games to improve to 9-10 overall and 4-1 in the MEAC. DSU is coming off a 57-48 win over Florida A&M last Monday in its most recent outing. Tahj Tate led three Delaware State players in double figures with 16 points in the contest.
The Hornets trailed 39-31 midway through the second half, but outscored the Rattlers 26-9 the rest of the way. Delaware State is fourth in the current MEAC standings, trailing Norfolk State (7-0), N.C. Central (6-0) and Savannah State (5-1).
Second place North Carolina Central brings a seven-game win streak into the contest, the team's longest since the 1996-97 season. The Eagles are coming off a 69-61 win over Morgan State on Monday. Ray Willis led the way with 19 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block for NCCU. The Eagles were 7-0 during the month of January. NCCU's last loss was to Big East member Marquette (66-75) on Dec. 29, 2012. North Carolina Central head coach LeVelle Moton played four seasons for current DSU head coach Greg Jackson while Jackson led the Eagles in the 1990s. Moton is NCCU's third all-time leading scorer with 1714 points.
DSU VS. NCCU SERIES HISTORY (NCCU leads 16-13)
The Hornets and Eagles are meeting for the third straight year. The teams met last season for just the second time since the 1978-79 campaign, the final year of NCCU's previous stint in the MEAC and the last time the Eagles visited Delaware State. DSU won last year's contest 76-70 in Durham, N.C. The Hornets led by as many as 15 in the second half before holding off a late NCCU rally. Tahj Tate led DSU with 20 points, while teammate Casey Walker added 15 in the contest. Ray Willis led all players with 28 points for the Eagles in last year's meeting. Delaware State has won the last two battles between the teams to trim NCCU's series lead to 16-13. This is the only scheduled meeting between the teams this season.