Greensboro, N.C. (Feb. 5, 2018) --- Delaware State had three chances for a potential game-winning basket in the final seconds, but failed to connect in a 54-51 loss to MEAC co-leader North Carolina A&T at the Corbett Center Monday evening.
The Aggies completed a season sweep of the Hornets to improve to 8-1 in the MEAC (15-9 overall), while the Hornets dropped their 19th straight game to fall to 2-23 and 0-10. North Carolina A&T is tied with Savannah State for the top spot in the MEAC standings.
Delaware State held NCA&T to 36% shooting in the first half (9-for-25) en route to a 30-28 lead the break.
The Aggies outscored the Hornets 15-2 to start the second half, and opened up a 43-32 lead with 13:30 left to play.
Delaware State chipped away at the deficit over the next nine minutes, and pulled to within 49-47 after a free throw by Artem Tavakalyan at the 4:33 mark of the second half.
North Carolina A&T led 52-47 before Pinky Wiley hit a lay-up to pull the Hornets to within three.
After the Aggies failed to score on their next two possessions, Jonathan Walker converted a lay-up with 1:05 left to cut NCA&T’s lead to 52-51.
On the ensuing possession, a turnover by the Aggies gave DSU the ball with 35 seconds remaining.
Kavon Waller had a chance to put the Hornets ahead, but missed a jumper. Delaware State’s Joe Lewis rebounded the ball, but also missed a shot. Waller rebounded the miss by Lewis, but failed to connect again. This time, the Aggies came away with the ball on a rebound by Denzel Keyes.
Kameron Langley hit two free throws with two seconds left to give NCA&T a 54-51 lead.
Waller missed a desperation game-tying three-point attempt at the final buzzer for the Hornets.
Lewis recorded his second career double-double for DSU, tying for game-high honors with 12 points and topping all players with 10 rebounds.
Walker also scored 12 points and led the Hornets with four assists.
Langley and Femi Olujobi each came off the bench to share team-high honors with 11 points for the Aggies.
Delaware State returns to action next Monday (Feb. 12) at Norfolk State. The nationally-televised contest (ESPNU) is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Echols Hall in Norfolk, Va.