Daytona Beach, Fla. (Feb. 4, 2017) ---DeAndre Haywood passed the 1000 point mark for his career and DeVaughn Mallory came off the bench to post team-highs of 20 points and eight rebounds to lead Delaware State to an 88-82 overtime win at Bethune-Cookman in a MEAC contest today.
The Hornets have won two in a row for the second time this season to improve to 7-18 overall and 4-6 in the MEAC. The Wildcats dropped their fourth game in a row to fall to 4-18 and 1-7.
Haywood scored 17 points in the contest, including the 1000th of his career on a three-point shot to give the Hornets a 15-8 lead with 12:43 left in the first half. He now has 1,011 points at DSU.
Mallory came off the bench to tally a career-high 20 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the field. He also hit four free throws on five attempts and led the Hornets with eight rebounds. Mallory’s previous scoring high was 18 points vs. Keystone on Dec. 10.
He has hit 20 shots in 24 attempts (83.3%) since returning to action after missing seven games due to a calf injury.
Devin Morgan added 16 points, highlighted by four three-pointers (4-8), while Dana Raysor contributed 13 points (3-6 3pt. FGs; 4-4 FTs) and Kavon Waller 12 for the Hornets.
Delaware State outscored Bethune-Cookman 17-11 in the overtime. The score was tied at 71 at the end of regulation.
The Hornets scored eight of the first 10 points of the overtime, including back-to-back three-pointers by Morgan, to open up a 79-73 lead.
DSU opened up its biggest lead of the extra period, 85-77, when Raysor hit two free throws with 39 seconds left.
Delaware State led by as many as seven in the first half, but trailed 36-32 at the break. The Hornets won the second half 39-35, keyed by 56% shooting from the field (14-for-25; 6-14 3pt. FGs).
Bethune-Cookman staged a furious second half comeback, then the Hornets needed a late rally to force the extra session.
The Hornets led 58-46 on a tip-in by Haywood at the 10:05 mark of the second half.
The Wildcats answered with a 13-2 run, and pulled to within 60-59 on a three-pointer by Jeff Altidor with 6:40 left in regulation.
After a three-point basket by Morgan gave DSU a 63-59 lead, BCU responded by scoring six straight points, and pulled ahead 65-63 on a lay-up by Quinton Forrest with 3:58 left in regulation.
The Wildcats stretched their lead to 71-66 on a three-ball by Reggie Baker with 2:02 remaining in regulation.
Raysor nailed a three-pointer and Waller scored on a dunk after a steal by Morgan to tie the score at 71 with 50 seconds on the second half clock.
Bethune-Cookman had the last second half possession, but Brandon Tabb missed a lay-up attempt and Mallory grabbed the rebound for the Hornets.
The Hornets will go for their third straight win and wrap-up their two-game Florida swing with a visit to Florida A&M on Monday (Feb. 6). Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla. DSU will also visit Morgan State (Feb. 11) and Coppin State (13) before returning home on Feb. 20 to face Morgan State again.
… DSU’s Kavon Waller has at least one three-point field goal in 17 straight games
… Morgan has four-or-more three-pointers in 11 games this season
… Haywood had four steals to give him a MEAC-high 38 this season