DSU AND MARYLAND SQUARE OFF
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Release: 12/11/2008
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The Delaware State Men’s Basketball Team travels to College Park, Md., to face the Maryland Terrapins on Friday, Dec. 12. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. Broadcast on Comcast SportsNet, Friday’s contest will mark the 13th game of the 2008-09 season for DSU and will continue a four-game road trip to end the 2008 calendar year.

DSU is coming off a 76-66 loss at Richmond on Dec. 6 and is still looking to register its first road victory of the season. The Hornets have played nine of its first 12 games away from Memorial Hall with Friday’s contest putting the team’s road total to 10.

Delaware State enters its game with Maryland averaging 55.8 points-per-game on 41.2 percent shooting (246-of-597). The team’s shooting percentage from the floor ranks No. 3 in the Mid-Eastern Athletics Conference. The Hornets are 61-of-194 (31.4 percent – No. 2 in the MEAC) from behind the arc and are averaging 5.1 treys-per-game. A 63.6-percent shooting team from the free-throw line, DSU is averaging just under 10 free throws-per-game for the season. Defensively, the Hornets are allowing 69.0 points-per-game with the opposition shooting 44.6 percent (291-of-652) from the floor. No team has scored more than 79 points versus DSU this season. The Hornets are averaging 54.7 steals-per-game and have forced 11.3 turnovers-per-contest.

Donald Johnson leads all Hornets in scoring, averaging 11.6 points-per-game. The Prince George, Va., native is shooting 43.4 percent (49-of-113) from the floor and 40.0 percent (28-of-70) from behind the 3-point line (tops in the MEAC). His 28 treys on the season rank No. 28 nationally and lead all MEAC players. Just behind Johnson in scoring is Frisco Sandidge, who is coming off his first double-double of the season, scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 rebounds at Richmond (12/6). Sandidge is averaging 11.3 points-per-game and has scored 20-or-more points in three of the team’s last four games. Sandidge is shooting 46.5 percent (46-of-99) from the floor and is averaging 7.5 rebounds-per-game. Sandidge ranks No. 12 nationally in total rebounds (90), No. 19 in offensive rebounds (31) and No. 18 in defensive boards (59). Arturo Dubois, the reigning MEAC Defensive Player of the Week, comes into Friday’s game averaging 9.9 points-per-game and 8.5 rebounds-per-game. Dubois registered his second double-double of the season with a 15-point, 12-rebound performance at Richmond (12/6). Dubois ranks No. 16 nationally in total rebounds (85), No. 12 offensive (33) and No. 35 defensive (52). The 6-foot-8 center has recorded 24 blocks (ninth in the nation) this season and is averaging 2.4 blocks-per-game (31st nationally). Dubois leads the conference in both blocks and rebounds.

Just three wins shy of his 300th-career victory, Head Coach Greg Jackson will be looking to earn his first-ever win versus the Terrapins.

A Delaware State Win Vs. Maryland Would ...

- Give DSU its first road victory of the season.
- Give DSU its first-ever victory over the Terrapins.
- Improve DSU’s overall record to 3-10.
- Snap a current nine-game losing skid away from Memorial Hall.
- Move Coach Jackson within two wins of his 300th-career victory.
- Improve Coach Jackson’s record at DSU to 135-122.
- Improve Coach Jackson’s overall record to 298-199.
- Give DSU its first-ever win at the Comcast Center (0-1 all-time).

A Look at Maryland
Maryland begins a seven-game, month-long homestand at Comcast Center Friday with a matchup with Delaware State. The Terrapins are now 6-2 and have won two straight after snapping a two-game losing skid that included defeats at the hands of ranked teams.

Maryland, which is 4-0 at home this season, received votes this week in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. The Terps hold a 4-0 edge in the all-time series with the Hornets, having won 81-55 in Comcast Center in the teams' most recent meeting (12/28/2005).

For the second time in three weeks, Maryland junior guard Greivis Vasquez was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week. In victories over Michigan and George Washington, Vasquez averaged 20.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.5 steals and shot .519 from the floor (14-for-27), posting back-to-back double-doubles.

The Terrapins' only losses so far this season have come to ranked teams. The Terps lost to Gonzaga, currently ranked 4th in the nation, and to Georgetown, now ranked 19th. One computer listing of a model of the NCAA's Ratings Percentage Index has Maryland 18th on its list, according to the ACC.

Last Time Out
Double-doubles by Arturo Dubois and Frisco Sandidge were not enough as the Delaware State Hornets (2-10, 1-0 MEAC) fell to the Richmond Spiders (5-3), 76-66, at the Robins Center on Thursday, Dec. 6. Dubois (15 pts, 10 reb.) and Sandidge (20 pts., 12 reb.) were joined in double-digit scoring by Donald Johnson, who has 17 points.

After falling behind by as many as 16 points, DSU battled back to come within two points of the Spiders with 3:27 left in the game. However, missed opportunities at the free-throw line and costly turnovers were the difference as the Hornets suffered their 10th loss of the season.

Sandidge’s 20 points led all Hornets and his 12 boards were good enough for a game-high. The Lynchburg, Va., native shot 8-of-16 from the floor and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line to record his third 20-point outing in the team’s last four games. Dubois shot 6-of-15 from the floor and 3-of-7 from the charity stripe to register his four-straight double-digit scoring performance. A product of Harlem, N.Y., Dubois grabbed 10 boards to record his second double-double of the season. He also tallied three blocks. Johnson poured in 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting (3-of-7 from behind the arc).

For the game, Delaware State shot 48.2 percent (27-of-56) from the field and 3-of-8 (37.5 percent) from 3-point land. The Hornets struggled from the free-throw line, shooting just 52.9 percent (9-of-17). The Hornets, averaging nearly 18 turnovers-per-game entering tonight’s contest, committed 21 turnovers, which Richmond scored 36 points off of. DSU out-rebounded the Spiders, 38-27, and scored 16 points off of 12 Richmond turnovers.

The Spiders shot 50.0 percent (29-of-58) from the floor and 35.0 percent (7-of-20) from behind the arc. The Spiders were led by David Gonzalvez, who registered 20 points on 9-of -16 shooting. Also scoring in double-figures were Jarhon Giddings (14 pts.) and Kevin Anderson (19 pts.). Leading all Spiders in rebounds was Josh Duinker, who had six.

The Hornets came out strong early in the first half, leading the Spiders through the first four minutes of action. A dunk by Kevin Smith with 15:25 on the clock knotted the game at 6-all. Holding onto its lead for the remainder of the half, Richmond went on a 14-6 run to enter halftime up, 35-22.

For the half the Hornets were led offensively by Johnson, who ha 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting. DSU finished the first half, shooting 40.0 percent (10-of-25) and was 1-of-4 from the free-throw line.

The Spiders came out the second half and increased their lead to 16, following a layup by Gonzalvez with 16:49 left in the game. Richmond maintain its double-digit lead until a pair of free throws by Dubois cut the Spider lead to nine points (65-56) with 4:24 left in the game. The free-throws began a 9-0 run for the Hornets which cut the Spiders’ lead to 65-63 with 3:27 left on the clock. Richmond responded with 10-3 run to close out the game for the 76-66 victory.

The Road Has Not Been Kind
Delaware State enters Friday’s contest looking for the team’s first road victory of the season. The Hornets have not won a non-conference game away from Memorial Hall since a 65-63 win over Southern on Nov. 24, 2006 (South Padre Island, Texas). The current skid is at 22-consecutive games.

Dubois Honored
Center Arturo Dubois was been named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 7.

Dubois finished the week with a 13.0 points-per-game average, 18 total rebounds (9.0 rpg) and six total blocks (3.0 bpg). His six blocks increased his season total to 24. Dubois also registered his second double-double of the season, grabbing 10 boards and registering 15 points at Richmond (12/6). The Harlem, N.Y., native scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots during DSU’s 59-48 win over UMES (12/4). On the season, Dubois is averaging 8.5 rebounds-per-game, 2.4 blocks-per-game, and 9.9 points-per-game.

This was Dubois’ first player of the week honor.

Hornets Consistent from 3-Point Land
Entering Friday’s game, the Delaware State Hornets have made at least one 3-point basket in at least 420 consecutive games dating back to the 1994-95 season (records are incomplete prior to the 1995-96 season). The school record for 3-point baskets in a single game is 14 (1/25/92 vs. SUNY-Buffalo). This season, the Hornets drained 11 treys versus Oakland (11/28/08).

Closing in on 300
Head Coach Greg Jackson enters Friday’s game with an overall record of 297-199 (18 seasons). In his ninth season at the helm of the Hornets, Jackson needs just four more victories to reach the 300-win plateau. Prior to coming to Delaware State, Jackson spent nine seasons as the head coach of North Carolina Central where he posted a 163-77 record.

500 on the Horizon
Friday’s game will mark the 497th-career game coached by Greg Jackson. Jackson, in his 18th season as a head coach (ninth at DSU), holds a .599 winning percentage (.523 with the Hornets).

It Doesn’t Get Any Tougher
When looking at this year’s DSU non-conference schedule, it plays out like a who’s who on college basketball. The Hornets’ slate features twenty-four teams from 10 different conferences Featuring 11 teams which reached postseason play during the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 schedule will pit the Hornets against six teams currently represented in this weeks Top 25 (Connecticut, Notre Dame, Dayton, Kentucky, Maryland and Ohio State) as well as four former NCAA Division I Champions (Kentucky, Connecticut, Maryland, Ohio State). The Hornets’ Strength-of-Schedule currently ranks No. 21 in nation.

Hold Their Own
Despite as 2-10 record, the Delaware State Hornets have not allowed any of its opponents to break the 80-point barrier. On the year, DSU is holding its opponents to 69.0 points-per-game.


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