Tallahassee, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2013) --- Delaware State outscored Florida A&M by 17 points in the last 10-and-half minutes of the game en route to a 57-48 MEAC win at the Al Lawson Center this evening.
The Hornets won their third straight game to improve to 9-10 overall and 4-1 in the MEAC, marking the second time in the last three years that DSU has won four of its first league games.
Tahj Tate led three Delaware State players in double figures with 16 points. Marques Oliver and A.J. Thomas added 10 points each for the Hornets.
Florida A&M trailed 22-19 at the half, but rallied to take a 39-31 lead on a basket by Walter Davis with 10:34 left to play.
Delaware State outscored the Rattlers 26-9 the rest of the way, highlighted by an 11-0 spurt.
Florida A&M missed 14-of-17 shots from the floor and committed four turnovers during the decisive DSU rally.
The Hornets pulled ahead for good, 48-46, on a three-pointer by Tate with 3:51 left to play. Tate then nailed another three-pointer to give DSU a 51-46 lead with 2:45 remaining.
Delaware State opened up its biggest lead, 57-46, when Thomas capped off the 11-point run with two free throws in the closing moments of the game.
The Hornets were 12-for-24 from the field in the second half (50.0%) and 21-of-49 for the game (42.9%). DSU was 10-for-14 at the free throw line.
Delaware State had nine blocks in the contest, including four by Kendall Gray and three for Oliver. The Hornets had seven blocks in the second half
The victory was No. 190 at Delaware State for head coach Greg Jackson, who is second on the school's career list for coaching wins. Bennie George recorded 201 victories from 1949 to '71. Jackson is 141-70 all-time in MEAC regular season games.
The Hornets will seek their fourth straight win at home against North Carolina Central this Saturday (Feb. 2). Game time is 4:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall.