Pullman, Wash. (Nov. 24, 2018) ---Delaware State trailed by just five points at the half, but was dominated after the break in an 80-52 men’s basketball loss to Washington State Saturday evening.
Robert Franks led four Cougars in double-figures with a game-high 24 points, and also topped all players with 11 rebounds. Ahmed Ali tallied 17 points, while Viont’E Daniels added 11 and Marvin Cannon 10 for Washington State.
Jonathan Mitchell was high scorer for Delaware State with a career-high 18 points, highlighted by three three-point field goals. Mitchell, whose previous DSU was 17 points vs. The College of St. Elizabeth in the Hornets’ previous outing, has scored 35 points in the last two games.
Saleik Edwards led Delaware State with seven rebounds, while Pinky Wiley had a game-high five assists and just one turnover for the Hornets.
Delaware State led for nearly 10 minutes in the first half. The Hornets outscored the Cougars 8-1 during a three-minute stretch of the half, and opened up a 17-14 lead on a basket by Fahim Jenneto at the nine minute mark of the opening frame.
After Washington State rallied for a 23-19 lead, the Hornets ran off six straight points, and pulled ahead 25-23 on a lay-up by Jenneto with 4:19 to go before half time.
DSU was outscored 12-5 in the remainder of the half to trail 35-30 at the break.
Washington State (3-1) continued its momentum to start the second half, scoring the first seven points to open up a 42-30 lead.
The Cougars stretched their lead to 57-35 on a three-pointer by Ali at the 12:40 mark of the second half.
The Hornets answered with a 6-0 run, capped off by a Montrell Horsey three-pointer to cut the deficit to 57-41, but could get no closer the rest of the way.
Washington State led by 32 points on two occasions down the stretch.
The Cougars won the second half 45-22.
Delaware State (1-4) shot just 28 percent for the game, hitting 21 of its 75 shots from the field, including seven-of-30 from three-point range.
The Cougars shot 51.6% in the second half (16-for-31) and 45 percent for the game (27-for-60).
Washington State won the rebound battle 48-44.
Delaware State took better care of the ball, committing a season-low 10 turnovers, while forcing the Cougars into 13.
Jenneto added nine points, while Horsey and Ameer Bennett tallied six points each for the Hornets.
Delaware State returns to action this Tuesday (Nov. 27) at home against the University of Pennsylvania. Game time is 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The contest will be just the second home game for the Hornets this season.