Baltimore Md. (Feb. 13, 2017) --- Delaware State’s bid for a fifth straight victory was doomed by several missed opportunities late in the game, which Coppin State took advantage of to hand the Hornets an 83-75 MEAC loss at the CSU Physical Education Complex this evening.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Hornets, who fell to 9-19 overall and 6-7 in the MEAC. The Eagles improved to 7-20 and 6-6.
The setback also overshadowed a scintillating performance by Hornet senior DeAndre Haywood, who led all players with a season-high 24 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 at the free throw line. He also had five rebounds, three assists and two steals in the contest. Haywood's career-high is 25 points, set during his sophomore season in 2014-15.
Devin Morgan was the only other Delaware State player in double-figures with 14 points.
Chas Brown led five Coppin State players in double-figures with 22 points. He also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Hornets got off to a slow start in the game, falling behind 22-8 after a three-pointer by Coppin State’s Tre’ Thomas at the 8:57 mark of the first half. The Eagles nailed five three-pointers in the first 11 minutes to help build their lead.
Delaware State hit nine of its final 14 first half shots to pull to within 39-33 at the break.
Coppin State led by nine on two occasions early in the second half.
The Eagles were ahead 52-47 when Haywood drilled two free throws and a lay-up, and DeVaughn Mallory hit one of two at the line to time the game with 11:07 left to play.
The score was also tied at 54 before Coppin State scored seven of the next nine points to open up a 61-56 lead.
The Hornets pulled to within two points twice and three points on another occasion over the next four minutes, but couldn't get any closer.
Coppin State hit 13 consecutive free throws during a late two-minute stretch to seal the win.
Delaware State was 26-for-66 from the field in the game (39.4%), including 7-of-28 on three-point shots (25%). The Eagles shot 42.1% for the game, connecting on 24-of-57 attempts from the field and nine three-pointers on 35 attempts (25.7%).
Coppin State won the rebound battle 47-34, although the Hornets took better care of the basketball, committing a season-low six turnovers to 13 for the Eagles.
Delaware State will play its last three regular season games at home, starting Monday (Feb. 20) against Morgan State. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., following the DSU/Morgan State women’s contest in Memorial Hall. Delaware State will also host UMES on Feb. 25 (4:00 p.m.) and wrap up the regular season at home against Howard on Mar. 2 (7:30 p.m.).
…Morgan was 4-for-4 at the free throw line to raise his season average to 91% … he has hit 25 of his last 26 attempts at the line
…Waller extended his streak with at least one three-pointer to 20 games
… The Hornets were 5-3 in MEAC regular season road games this season