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MBB: HORNETS WIN MEAC OPENER ON HAYWOOD’s LAST-SECOND SHOT
Courtesy: DSU Athletic Media Relations  
Release: 01/07/2017
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Greensboro, N.C. (Jan. 7, 2017) ---Senior DeAndre Haywood hit a driving shot in the lane with 0.3 seconds left to give Delaware State a 55-53 come-from-behind victory over North Carolina A&T in the Hornets’ 2016-17 MEAC opener at the Corbett Sports Center today.

Haywood, who was also fouled on the shot, missed the free throw and time expired to give DSU its first win in a MEAC opener since the 2012-13 season.  The Hornets also won their third straight against the Aggies and snapped a four-game overall losing streak to improve to 4-12 this season.

Haywood’s basket capped off a late rally for the Hornets, who trailed 43-36 after a basket and free throw by NCA&T’s Davaris McGowens with 8:02 left to play. DSU outscored the Aggies 13-5 over the next five-plus minutes, and grabbed its first lead of the second half, 49-48, on a dunk by Artem Tavakalyan with 2:52 remaining in the game.

On the ensuing possession, Amari Hamilton nailed a three-point shot to put North Carolina A&T back ahead 51-49.

The Aggies stretched their lead to 53-49 on a dunk by McGowens with 1:54 left to play.

After a free throw by DSU’s Mahir Johnson and a Aggie turnover, Devin Morgan drained his fourth three-point shot of the game to tie the score at 53-53 with 58 ticks on the second half clock.

The Aggies committed a turnover on their next possession, but the Hornets failed to capitalize when Haywood’s lay-up attempt was blocked by McGowens with 28 seconds left to play.

North Carolina A&T’s Sam Hunt missed the potential go-ahead basket with 16 seconds left, and Tavakalyan grabbed the rebound to give the Hornets a chance for the last shot.

DSU called a timeout to set up the game-winning play.

Morgan led three Delaware State players in double figures with 14 points, highlighted by the four three-pointers. Haywood and Kavon Waller added 12 points each for the Hornets.

Donte Watson came off the bench to lead the Aggies with a game-high 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field, including 4-of-7 on three-point shots. McGowens had 15 points and led all players with 12 rebounds for NCA&T.

The Aggies outshot the Hornets 40.9%-to-36.4%, and also won the rebound battle 43-24. Delaware State committed just seven turnovers, its lowest of the season and fewest since recording six vs. Hampton on Feb. 22, 2016. North Carolina A&T hurt its cause by committing 20 turnovers in the game.

The Hornets will look for a sweep on their two-game Tar Heel State swing to open MEAC play when they visit North Carolina Central on Monday (Jan. 9). Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Durham, N.C.

STINGERS
… Morgan has 64 points and 12 three-point field goals in the last three games. He has nailed four triples in each of the last three contests

… DSU is looking for its first 2-0 MEAC start since winning three straight to begin the 2010-11 conference schedule

… Delaware State head coach Keith Walker is 3-0 vs. NCA&T

... The Hornets have won their last two games at NCAT’s Corbett Sports Center

... DSU soph. guard Mahir Johnson came off the bench to score seven points (3-5 FG; 1-2 FT) in his season debut

... This was Delaware State's first win of the season when trailing at halftime (22-25)


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