Dover, Del. (Nov. 14, 2012) --- Tyshawn Bell hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 59 seconds left in overtime and Delaware State came up with two defensive stops in the closing moments of the Hornets' 73-69 win over Wagner in Memorial Hall Wednesday evening. DSU won for the third time in three games this season, while the Seahawks were playing their season opener.
Wagner's Jonathan Williams hit a lay up off an inbounds pass with 0.6 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 66-66 and force overtime.
In the extra period, Wagner hit a bucket and a free throw to open up a 69-66 lead with 2:32 left to play.
Tahj Tate (13 points) hit a driving lay up with 2:04 left in the extra session to pull the Hornets to within 69-68.
After Wagner came up short on its next possession, Bell drained a three-point shot from the left corner off a pass from Kendall Gray to give the Hornets a 71-69 lead.
Albert Thomas and Tate hit free throws in the final 25 seconds to seal the win for DSU.
Delaware State led 36-26 at the break, but Wagner rallied to lead by as many as eight in the second half.
The score was 11-11 before Delaware State began to take control in the first half. Miles Bowman capped off a 7-1 DSU run with a three-pointer to give the Hornets an 18-12 lead with 11:12 left in the first half.
Later in the half, Gray put an exclamation point on a 6-0 run with a follow-up dunk to put the Hornets ahead 33-22 with 1:33 left in the opening frame.
Delaware State was 14-for-29 from the field (48.3%) in the first half, while Wagner hit just 10 of its 30 shots from the floor in the first 20 minutes.
After the Hornets scored the first basket of the second half to open up a 38-26 lead, the Seahawks began to claw back into the game.
Wagner scored 22 of the next 24 points, including 19 straight, to take control of the game. Marcus Burton capped off the run with a three-point shot to give the Seahawks a 48-40 lead with 12:40 left in the second half.
The Hornets were one-for-10 from the field and committed three turnovers during the Seahawk spurt. Wagner hit six of its eight shots, including two three-pointers, during the run.
Delaware State trailed 50-42 before fighting back with pressure defense. The Hornets scored seven points, capped off by a follow-up basket by Thomas to tie the game at 55-55 with 7:02 left in regulation.
Marques Oliver scored off an offensive rebound and Casey Walker hit a lay-up to give the Hornets a 58-54 lead with 4:33 left in the second half.
Wagner led 64-63 when Kenneth Ortiz hit one of two free throws with 41 seconds left in regulation.
The Hornets regained the lead 65-64 when May scored in the lane off an offensive rebound with 27 second left. After a turnover by the Seahawks, May had a chance to give the Hornets a three-point lead, but hit just one of two free throws with 10 seconds left in the second half.
On the ensuing possession, Wagner's Kenneth Ortiz drove to the basket, but his shot was blocked out of bounds by Gray. On the inbounds play, Williams hit a lay-up to tie the game with just 0.6 seconds to go in regulation.
Gray tied his career-high with 17 points. He also grabbed seven rebounds and tied a school record with eight blocks in the contest. The Hornets had 14 blocks in the contest, one shy of the school record, set against Wagner last season.
Amere May added 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Hornets.
Williams led four Wagner players in double figures with 19 points.
Delaware State returns to action on Sunday (Nov. 18) at Illinois State in the opening round of the South Padre Island Invitational.