Dover, Del. (Feb. 16, 2013) --- Delaware State broke open a close game in the second half to defeat Coppin State 57-43 in a MEAC men's basketball contest in Memorial Hall today.
The Hornets led 24-22 at the half, but outscored the Eagles 33-21 in the final 20 minutes.
Tahj Tate was high scorer for DSU with 14 points. Tate was 6-for-11 from the field, including 2-of-2 from three-point territory. Tyshawn Bell came off the bench to add 13 points for the Hornets, highlighted by three three-pointers.
Taariq Cephas was high man for Coppin State with 14 points.
Delaware State struggled in the early going, falling behind 10-2 after a dunk by Coppin State's Collin Johnson with 14:15 left in the first half.
After the Hornets pulled to within 10-9, the Eagles pulled away again. Coppin State opened up a 22-11 lead after a jumper by Zach Burnham with 7:25 left in the half.
Delaware State scored the last 13 points of the half to take a 24-22 lead at the break. Casey Walker hit three-pointers on consecutive possessions and Tate nailed a three with 1:57 left in the half to key the rally.
The Hornets held Coppin State to four points in the first nine minutes of the second half to take control of the game. Tate capped off a 9-0 DSU run with a jumper to give the Hornets a 37-26 lead with 10:57 left to play.
DSU scored 10 straight points, highlighted by three-pointers from Bell and Miles Bowman, to open up its biggest lead. Tate ended the run with a lay-up to give the Hornets a 57-38 lead with 2:37 remaining in the game.
Delaware State hit nine three-pointers in the contest (9-23), tying its second best total this season.
The Hornets return to action on Monday at home against Morgan State. Game time is 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.