Dover, Del. (Feb. 28, 2018) --- The Delaware State women and men will close out the 2017-18 basketball regular season with a home doubleheader against MEAC rival Morgan State Thursday evening (Mar. 1). The women’s contest tips-off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 in Memorial Hall.
The Delaware State women (5-23 overall; 4-11 MEAC) are looking for a season sweep of Morgan State after a 62-54 victory this season’s first meeting between the teams on Jan. 22 in Baltimore, Md.
The Lady Hornets are currently tied with Florida A&M for 11th in the current MEAC standings, one game behind South Carolina State and Coppin State, each at 5-10. Delaware State fell to Florida A&M, while defeating South Carolina State and Coppin State in its lone meetings against those teams this season.
DSU junior forward NaJai Pollard, the 2017-18 MEAC Preseason Player-of-the-Year, is a strong contender for the post-season honor as well. Pollard is tops in the league in scoring (18.0 ppg), fourth in rebounding (8.4 pg), sixth in field goal percentage (.456) and fourth in blocks (1.9 pg).
Hornet sophomore guard Lanayjha Ashe is 15th in the MEAC in scoring (11.4 ppg) and 12th in assists (2.9 pg).
The Morgan State women are 15-13 overall and 8-7 in the MEAC after a 73-59 win over Coppin State in its last outing on Feb. 26. Lexus Spears is the team’s top scorer at 14.3 points per game.
The Delaware State men (3-27; 1-14 MEAC) will honor seniors Jamelle Christian, Joseph Lewis, Simon Okolue, Artem Tavakalyan, Jonathan Walker and Kavon Waller prior to the regular season finale.
The Hornets are hoping for a season split against Morgan State after falling to the Bears 61-47 on Jan. 22 in Baltimore.
Okolue is DSU’s top scorer at 10.7 points per game and ranks seventh in the MEAC in rebounding at 7.1 per contest.
Tavakalyan is a close second on the Hornets in scoring, averaging 10.6 points per game.
Morgan State defeated Coppin State 69-56 in its last outing to improve to 11-17 overall and 7-8 in the MEAC.