Hampton, Va. (Jan. 12, 2018) --- Delaware State hit less than a-third of its shots from the field and committed 21 turnovers in a 78-56 MEAC men’s basketball loss to Hampton at the HU Convocation Center Friday evening.
The Hornets lost their 13th game in a row to fall to 2-17 overall and 0-4 in the MEAC. The Pirates snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 6-11 and 1-1.
Delaware State was 19-for-58 from the field (32.8%), including 5-of-19 on three-point shots (26.3%) in the contest.
Simon Okolue was high scorer for the Hornets with 13 points on 5 for 7 shooting from the floor and 3 of 5 at the free throw line. He also led the team with eight rebounds. Okolue has reached double figures in scoring in 10 of his 17 games this season.
Freshman guard Pinky Wiley was the only other Delaware State player in double figures with 10 points, highlighted by three three-point field goals (3-5), matching his career-high.
Greg Heckstall and Malique Trent-Street led four Hampton players in double figures with 17 points each. Heckstall was 6-for-7 from the field, including 5-of-6 from three-point range. He also led the Pirates with seven rebounds.
Delaware State led 8-7 before Hampton took control of the game. The Pirates ran off the next 12 points, and opened up a 1908 lead on a basket by Kalin Fisher with 12:52 to go in the first half.
The Hornets pulled to within 21-18 on Wiley’s third three-pointer of the game, but Hampton answered with a 14-5 run to build a 35-23 lead.
The Pirates led 39-28 at the half.
Hampton held its biggest lead, 64-33, on a three-pointer by Heckstall at the 11:40 mark of the second half.
The Hornets return to action on Mon. (Jan. 15) at Florida A&M. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla.
The next DSU home game is Sat., Jan. 20 against Bethune-Cookman. (4:00 p.m.).