DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY 2016-17 MEN’S BASKETBALL NOTES
“HORNETS” (3-8; 0-0 MEAC) vs. Binghamton “Bearcats” (7-5; 0-0 AE)
Sat., Dec. 17, 2016 - 2:00 p.m.
Vestal, N.Y. (Events Center - 5,142)
Live TV: n/a
Live Audio: WNBF.com
Live Video: ESPN3
Live Stats: BUBearcats.com
Twitter updates: @DSUHornets
Delaware State Head Coach Keith Walker (Clemson, ‘81): 33-57 at DSU (3rd year, plus 11 games as interim in 2013-14); 124-159 career; 19-23 in MEAC regular season; 0-0 vs. Binghamton
Binghamton Head Coach Tommy Dempsey (Susquehanna, ’97): 31-103 at Binghamton (fifth year); 238-220 career (15th); 0-0 vs. DSU
After a one-game stop at home, Delaware State (3-8; 0-0 MEAC) is back on the road to begin a three-game road trip at Binghamton of the America East Conference. The Hornets are coming off a 92-69 victory over Div. III Keystone last Saturday. Kavon Waller tied a school-record with eight three-point field goals on nine attempts to lead the way. Waller nailed his first eight three-point shots to tie the team record first set by Marty Bailey during a MEAC Tournament contest on Mar. 7, 2000. The junior forward had a chance to break the record, but missed his final three-point attempt with 12 seconds remaining in the game. Waller scored a career-high 26 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the field in the contest. Waller’s performance overshadowed standout games by Hornet sophomores DeVaughn Mallory and Devon Morgan. Mallory recorded his first career double-double, scoring a personal-best 18 points on 9-for-13 shooting and grabbing 13 rebounds, also a career-high. Morgan also posted his first collegiate double-double, scoring 16 points, highlighted by four three-point field goals, and dishing out a career-best 10 assists. Waller, Mallory and Morgan combined for 60 of the Hornets’ 92 points. Ten of the 12 players who appeared for DSU scored in the game. The Hornets set a team record with 15 three-pointers on 30 attempts in the contest, smashing the previous record of 14, occurring on three occasions, the last on Feb. 14, 2015. Morgan is Delaware State’s top scorer at 13.7 points per game to rank 12th in the MEAC. Waller has climbed to second on the Hornets in scoring (12.0 ppg) and has a team-high 32 three-point field goals. He is tops in the MEAC and fifth among all NCAA Div. I players with a .571 three-point shooting percentage this season (as of Dec. 14). DeAndre Haywood is third on the team in scoring at 11.2 points per game, despite tallying just six points in the last three outings. Mallory is tops on the Hornets in rebounding at 6.2 per game and is fourth in the MEAC with a .540 shooting percentage.
Binghamton (7-5; 0-0 AE) is trying to bounce back from a 90-85 overtime loss to Loyola (Md.) last Saturday. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Bearcats. Binghamton led Loyola 42-33 at the break, but was outscored 44-35 in the second half and 13-8 in the extra session. Bruce Thomas came of the bench to lead the Bearcats with 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field in the contest. Willie Rodriguez was the only other Binghamton player in double figures with 17 points in the game. The Bearcats shot 58.2% for the game (32-55), but were outrebounded 42-26 in the contest. For the season, J.C. Shaw is the team’s top scorer at 13.3 points per game. He also has a team-high 24 three-point field goals. Bobby Ahearn is second on the Bearcats with an 11.1 point per-game average. Thomas leads the team in rebounding (4.7 pg), while Timmy Rose has a team-high 43 assists.
DELAWARE STATE vs. BINGHAMTON SERIES HISTORY
This is the first meeting between the Hornets and Bearcats. Delaware State is 7-7 all-time vs. current members of the America East Conference, including a 90-68 loss to UMBC this season (Nov. 16) . DSU has also faced America East members Maine (3-3), Hartford (1-2), New Hampshire (0-1), Albany (2-0) and Stony Brook (1-0).