2019-20 DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY MEN’S BASKETBALL
“HORNETS” (0-0; 6-25 in 2018-19) vs. Rider “Broncs” (1-0 )
Fri., Nov. 8, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.
Dover, Del. (Memorial Hall - 1,800)
Live Audio - HSRN.com (DSU broadcast) or XM 386 / XM app Channel 982
Live TV: n/a
Live Video: .; Live Audio: HSRN.com (DSU broadcast)
Live Stats: DSUHornets.com
Twitter updates: @DSUmbb
Delaware State Head Coach Eric Skeeters (Coppin State, ‘97): 6-25 at DSU and career (second season);
0-0 vs. Rider
Rider Head Coach Kevin Baggett (St. Joe’s, 89): 124-104 at Rider and career (eighth season: 0-0 vs. DSU
Delaware State tips off the 2019-20 season at home against Rider of the Div. I Metro Atlantic Conference. The Hornets return five letterwinners, including two starters, from their 2018-19 squad, which posted a 6-25 overall record and 2-14 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference under first-year head coach Eric Skeeters. Topping the list of returning DSU lettermen is point guard Pinky Wiley (jr.; 5-11), a 2019-20 All-MEAC Third Team selection. As a sophomore in 2018-19, Wiley was third on the Hornets in scoring at 9.5 points per game, including 10.8 in MEAC contests. He was No. 1 in the MEAC in steals (2.1 pg) and fourth in assists (4.4 pg), while ranking second on the Hornets with 53 three-point field goals a year ago. Forward Ameer Bennett (jr.; 6-8) is in his third year with the Hornets. Last season, he appeared in each game, averaging 8.2 points and 4.6 rebounds. The Hornets will also welcome the return of forward Faheim Jenneto (so.; 6-8), who missed the last 18 games of the 2018-19 season due to a knee injury. Jenneto averaged 6.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in 13 games as a true freshman last season, highlighted by a career-high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field (3-4 3pt. FG) vs. Longwood. While Jenneto returns, 2018-19 returnee D’Marco Baucum is expected to miss a significant part of the season due to a foot injury suffered in preseason camp. Baucum averaged 8.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 17 games as a freshman last season. The list of 2019-20 Delaware State newcomers include former Baltimore high school standout John Crosby (sr.; 6-3), who sat last season after three seasons at Dayton University of the Div. I Atlantic 10 Conference. Crosby scored a game-high 37 points in the Hornets’ 93-90 overtime exhibition win over crosstown Wesley College last Saturday. Former Delaware high school star John “LJ” Stansbury (so,; 6-3) joins the Hornets this season. Stansbury was a standout at Hodgson Vo-Tech before a year at Kirkwood CC in Iowa.
Rider (1-0) is playing its second game of the new season. The Broncs posted a 91-84 victory over Delaware State’s fellow MEAC member Coppin State this past Tuesday. Three players reached the 20-point mark to lead Rider in the contest. Dimencio Vaughn and Frederick Scott each scored 21 points, while Tyere Marshall added 20 to highlight the Broncs’ attack in the game. Marshall was 9-for-9 fro the field, while Scott nailed seven of his 11 shots in the contest. Rider also held a 51-38 rebound advantage in the game.
HORNETS vs. Broncs Series History
This will be the third meeting between the Hornets and Broncs. The teams met twice during the 1981-82 campaign. Delaware State won the first contest 69-60 and completed the season sweep with a 70-66 triumph in the second meeting. Ajac Triplett was head coach of the Hornets that season.