Dover, Del. (Jan. 27, 2018) --- Delaware State freshman Marquis Collins scored a career-high 30 points and Artem Tavakalyan posted his second double-double of the season, but it wasn’t enough in the Hornets’ 106-86 men’s basketball loss to Savannah State in Memorial Hall today.
Six Savannah State players reached double-figures in scoring, led by Austin Dasent’s 21 points on seven three-point field goals (7-14).
The Tigers won their fifth straight game to improve to 9-13 overall and 6-1 in the MEAC. Delaware State dropped its 17th game in a row to fall to 2-21 and 0-8.
Collins led the Hornets in scoring for the third time in four games, hitting 11-of-13 shots from the field, including four three-pointers on six attempts. He has scored 82 points in the last four games to raise his season average 8.3 points per game. His 30 points vs. Savannah State were the most by a Hornet since Devin Morgan tallied 31 vs. Hampton on Feb. 22, 2016.
Tavakalyan scored 16 points and led all players with 11 rebounds for the Hornets. Simon Okolue added 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field, while Jonathan Walker came off the bench post 10 points (5-6 FGs) for DSU.
Savannah State knocked down 20 three-point field goals on 52 attempts in the contest (38.5%), tying the MEAC season-high it set vs. Baylor vs. Baylor on Dec. 17, 2017.
Delaware State led by as many as nine points in the first half, but Savannah State rallied to hold a 43-42 lead at the break.
The Hornets held their final lead of the game, 58-57, after a free throw by Pinky Wiley at the 13:57 mark of the second half.
Savannah State outscored DSU 24-11 over the next five minutes, and opened up an 81-69 lead on a three-pointer by Dasent with 8:27 left to play.
The Tigers held their biggest lead, 103-80, on a tip-in by Javaris Jenkins with 2:20 remaining in the game.
Delaware State begins a two-game road trip at North Carolina Central on Sat. (Feb. 3). Game time is 4:00 p.m. in Durham, N.C. The Hornets will wrap up the trip with a visit to North Carolina A&T on Feb. 5.
STINGERS Savannah State’s 106 points were the most allowed by DSU in a MEAC contest since a 112-106 loss to Bethune-Cookman during the 1989-90 season … the Hornets played their third straight game without senior forward Kavon Waller (injury)