Dover, Del. (Jan. 14, 2019) --- Jordan Perkins drove the length of the court for a lay-up with 1.6 seconds left to give North Carolina Central a 71-70 men’s basketball win over Delaware State in a MEAC thriller in Memorial Hall Monday evening. The Hornets trailed by as many as 11 points in second half, but pulled ahead 70-69 on a three-point shot by Pinky Wiley with 6.7 seconds remaining. After North Carolina Central called a timeout, Perkins took the inbounds pass in the backcourt and dribbled along the sideline past several Hornet defenders before laying up the ball on the left side of the basket for the winning shot. Delaware State was unable to get off a shot as time expired in the game.
North Carolina Central, the defending MEAC champ, scored the first seven points of the game, but Delaware State clawed back to grab its first lead, 25-23, on a follow-up basket by Jonathan Mitchell with 3:46 to go in the first half.
The Eagles bounced back to hold a 32-29 lead at the break.
NC Central opened the second half with an 8-0 run, and opened up a 40-29 lead on a free throw by Raasean Davis at the 17:18 mark of the second half.
The Hornets responded by scoring 14 of the next 18 points, and pulled to within 44-43 on a Wiley three-pointer with 13:19 left to play.
The Eagles stretched their lead to five points before the Hornets tied the game at 56 on D’Marco Baucum’s first career three-pointer with 4:46 remaining.
NC Central opened up a 68-64 lead after two free throws by Jibri Blount with 49 seconds left to play.
Delaware State’s Saleik Edwards answered with a three-point shot to cut the NCCU lead to one with 25 seconds remaining.
Perkins hit one of two free throws with 16 seconds left to give the Eagles a 69-67 lead, setting up the go-ahead three-pointer by DSU’s Wiley.
Davis was high scorer for NC Central with 25 points on 12-for-12 shooting from the field and one-for -one at the free throw line.
Randy Miller added 13 points and Larry McKnight, Jr. 11 for the Eagles.
Wiley was Delaware State’s top scorer with 19 points, highlighted by four three-point field goals (4-for-8). Edwards and Kevin Larkin added 14 points each for the Hornets.
North Carolina Central shot 54% from the field in the game. The Eagles connected on 27 of their 50 shots, including three-of-10 from three-point range.
Delaware State was 26-for-60 from the field (42.3%), including nine-of-25 from beyond the arc (36%).
NCCU won the rebound battle 35-26, although the Hornets committed just eight turnovers to 17 for the Eagles.
Delaware State begins a three-game road swing with a Saturday contest at Bethune-Cookman (Jan. 19). Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. in Daytona Beach, Fl. The Hornets will also visit Florida A&M (Jan. 21) and Howard (Jan. 26) before returning home to face Savannah State on Feb. 2.