“HORNETS” (2-7) vs. JACKSONVILLE STATE “Gamecocks” (4-3)
Sat., Dec. 8, 2018 - 5:30 p.m. ET
Dover, Del. (Memorial Hall - 1,800)
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Delaware State plays its final home game of 2018, welcoming Jacksonville State (Ala.) of the Ohio Valley Conference to Memorial Hall. The Hornets are coming off a 102-66 victory over Div. III Cairn in their last outing.
Kevin Larkin had 40 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals to lead the way. Larkin, a Sussex Tech (Del.) High School product who transferred to Delaware State from Niagara this summer, was 17-for-26 from the field, including three-of-nine on three-point shots. His 40 points were the most by a Hornet since Amere May matched the figure in a 104-92 win at Coppin State on March 5, 2015. Larkin’s 11 boards marked his third double-figure rebound game in five appearances with the Hornets. His six assists and four steals were also career highs. He has recorded double-doubles in each of the last two games. Larkin had 13 points and 11 rebounds vs. St. Bonaventure in the previous contest on Dec. 1.
Larkin’s monster performance in the last outing has propelled him to the team lead in scoring (15.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 pg) this season, however, he has not appeared in enough games to appear among the
MEAC statistical leaders. He has missed four of the Hornets’ nine games due to injury.
Ameer Bennett added 15 points on six-of-eight shooting from the field, while Jonathan Mitchell came off the bench to hit six of his nine shots to highlight a 14-point performance for the Hornets in the last outing. Mitchell was also second on the team with eight rebounds.
Saleik Edwards is second on the Hornets at 11.9 points per game to rank 13th in the MEAC. Edwards also leads the team with 25 three-point field goals, including a career-high six in the opener at East Carolina on Nov. 6.
Jacksonville State brings a four-game win streak into the contest. After dropping their first three games, the Gamecocks have run off consecutive victories over Western Carolina, North Florida, Carver College and North Alabama entering the Delaware State contest.
Senior forward Jason Burnell is the Gamecocks’ leader in scoring, rebounding and assists, averaging 13.6 points and 7.7 boards per game, while recording 27 helpers this season.
SERIES HISTORY (DSU leads 1-0)
This is the second meeting between the Hornets and Gamecocks. Delaware State won the first meeting 73-62 on Dec. 5, 2005 in Jacksonville, Ala.