Dover, Del. (Nov. 25, 2017) ---Jonathan Walker led three Delaware State players in double-figures with a game-and-career-high 17 points in the Hornets’ 68-55 win over Georgian Court in Memorial Hall today. The win snapped a four-game losing streak, but was overshadowed by an injury to DSU sophomore guard Kobe Gantz, who was helped off the court with an apparent knee injury midway through the second half. Gantz leads the Hornets in scoring (13.5 ppg), assists (20) and steals (16) through six games this season. His playing status for the near future is uncertain.
Walker was 6-for-9 from the field, including 3-of-5 on three point attempts, and perfect on two free throws. He also contributed three assists and three steals to the win.
Hornet center Simon Okolue added 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while freshman forward Marquis Collins came off the bench to score a career-best 14 points. Collins was 3-for-5 from the field (2-3 3pt. FG) and 6-of-6 at the line in the game.
Nikola Vujovic recorded a double-double for Georgian Court (0-7), topping the team with 12 points and pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Hornets trailed 28-25, but outscored the Lions 10-1 in the final 1:30 of the first half to hold a 35-29 lead at the break. Collins knocked down each of his three shots from the field (2 3pt. FG) and two free throws to lead all players with 10 points in the first 20 minutes.
Delaware State (2-4) opened up a double-digit lead, 39-29, on a lay-up by Okolue with at the 18:14 mark of the second half and held its biggest advantage, 64-45, after a three-pointer by Walker with 5:34 remaining.
The Hornets return to action on Monday (Nov. 27) at the Troy University. Game time is 8:00 p.m. (ET) in Troy, Alabama.
DSU is back home on Wednesday (Nov. 29) to face Binghamton (N.Y.). Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. following the Delaware State women’s basketball 2017-18 home opener against Longwood in Memorial Hall.