#8 “HORNETS” (10-21; 7-9 MEAC) vs. #9 Bethune-Cookman “Wildcats” (9-21; 6-10)
Tue., Mar. 7, 2017 - 4:00 p.m.   
Norfolk, Va. (Scope Arena - 10,253)
MEAC Tournament - Opening Round                  

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Delaware State Head Coach Keith Walker (Clemson, ‘81): 40-71 at DSU (3rd year, plus 11 games as interim in 2013-14); 131-173 career; 26-33 in MEAC regular season;  2-3 vs. BCU; 3-3 MEAC Tournament                   
Bethune-Cookman Head Coach Gravelle Craig (Cleveland State, ‘94): 73-122 at BCU and career (Sixth); 3-3 vs. DSU     

After a roller coaster regular season, the Hornets (10-21; 7-9 MEAC) are the eighth seed in the 2017 MEAC Tournament. Delaware State has played well enough at times this season to defeat St. John’s of the Big East and post MEAC road wins against regular season champ North Carolina Central and Morgan State. On the other hand, the Hornets were just 4-7 at the home this season (2-6 vs. MEAC opponents). Delaware State ended the regular season with a 66-56 win at home against Howard on Mar. 2.  DeAndre Haywood led all players with 20 points in the contest, while DeVaughn Mallory recorded his second double-double of the season, tallying 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.  The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Hornets. Sophomore guard Devin Morgan, a 2016-17 All-MEAC Third Team selection, is DSU’s leading scorer this season at 14.7 points per game to rank 13th in the MEAC. Morgan is also among the MEAC leaders in assists and three-point field goals. Haywood is second on the Hornets with an 11.4 point per game average, while Mallory averages 10.2 points per game and is second in the MEAC with a .571 field goal percentage.

Bethune-Cookman (9-21; 6-10 MEAC), enters the MEAC Tournament with wins in two straight and four of its last five games. The Wildcats closed out the regular season with a 69-59 victory over Florida A&M last Thursday. Reggie Baker led three BCU players in double figures with 20 points, highlighted by six three-point field goals. Brandon Tabb added 12 points and Quinton Forest 10 (5-6 FGs) in the Wildcats’ regular season finale.

Tabb is a 2016-17 All-MEAC Second Team pick.

HORNETS vs. Wildcats SERIES HISTORY (series tied 35-35 ) 
Delaware State and Bethune-Cookman met once during the 2016-17 regular season. The Hornets won the contest 88-82 in overtime on Feb. 4 in Daytona Beach, Fla. DeAndre Haywood led four Delaware State players in double figures with 17 points, including his 1000th career point, in the game. Bethune-Cookman’s Quinton Forrest led all players with 28 points (12-19 FG) in the regular season meeting between the teams.

Delaware State and Bethune-Cookman have met three times in the MEAC Tournament, most recently in 2010, a 57-55 quarterfinal win by the Hornets. DSU also defeated the Wildcats 66-43 in the 2005 MEAC Tournament quarterfinals. Bethune-Cookman won the first tournament contest between the teams 64-63 in the 1987 quarters.

The winner of the DSU/Bethune-Cookman contest will face No. 1 seed North Carolina Central on Wednesday (Mar. 8) at 6 p.m.

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