Norfolk, Va. (Feb. 12, 2018) --- Delaware State hit six of its first seven shots and led by 11 points in the early going, but it was all downhill from there in a 93-58 MEAC men’s basketball loss to Norfolk State in a nationally-televised game (ESPNU) at Echols Hall this evening.
The Spartans won for the fifth time in the last six games to improve to 9-17 overall and 7-4 in the MEAC. The Hornets dropped their 20th straight game to fall to 2-24 and 0-11. DSU has played its last three games without starting center Simon Okolue, the team leader in scoring (11.2 ppg), rebounding (7.2 pg) and field goal percentage (.592) entering the contest.
Kyle Williams led five Norfolk State players in double-figures with 20 points, highlighted by five three-point field goals. Derrik Jamerson added 19 points for the Spartans on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, including 5-for-8 on three-point attempts.
Artem Tavakalyan was high scorer for Delaware State with 17 points. He was 7-for-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and also led all players with eight rebounds.
Pinky Wiley was the only other Hornet in double figures with 12 points, all on three-point shots (4-for-6).
The Hornets got out of the gate quickly, opening up a 16-5 lead after a three-point shot by Wiley capped off a 13-0 run less than seven minutes into the contest. DSU missed just one of its first seven shots. In addition to Wiley, Joe Lewis had two three-pointers and Tavakalyan one during the spurt.
Norfolk State wasted little time battling back. The Spartans answered with a 15-0 rally of their own, and pulled ahead 20-16 on a lay-up by Jamerson with 9:20 left in the first half.
Delaware State was outscored 28-9 during the remainder of the half, and trailed 48-25 at intermission. After the hot start, the Hornets hit just 4 of their last 19 shots in the opening stanza.
Norfolk State led by 38 points on two occasions in the second half
The Hornets begin a two-game homestand on Saturday (Feb. 17) against Florida A&M. The Alumni/Breast Cancer Awareness Day contest is scheduled for 4 p.m., following the DSU/FAMU women’s game in Memorial Hall.
DSU will wrap up the homestand on Monday (Feb. 19) against Coppin State at 7:30 p.m.