Dover, Del. (Jan. 28, 2017) --- Delaware State scored just five points during an 11-minute stretch of the second half en route to an 81-68 men’s basketball loss to Florida A&M in Memorial Hall today. After winning their first two MEAC contests, the Hornets have dropped five straight to fall to 5-17 overall and 2-5 in conference play.
Florida A&M snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 5-15 and 3-4.
Keyed by Dana Raysor’s 12 points, Delaware State held a 32-26 advantage at the half. Raysor led all players with his Division I high of 23 points. He was 7-for-13 from the field, including a career-best six three-point field goals (6-12).
The Hornets opened up a 36-28 lead on a jumper by Kavon Waller and was ahead 45-39 after a three-pointer by DeAndre Haywood with 13:04 left to play.
Florida A&M answered with a 7-0 run, and took its first lead of the game, 46-45, on a three-point shot by Marcus Barham at the 12:07 mark of the second half.
After Delaware State regained the lead (47-46) on two free throws by Haywood, the Rattlers scored 15 of the next 16 points to take control of the game.
Derrick Dandridge capped off the rally with a lay-up to give Florida A&M a 61-48 lead with 4:40 left to play.
The Rattlers led by 15 points on two occasions the rest of the way.
Delaware State was outscored 55-36 in the second half.
Florida A&M was 14-for-28 from the field, including four three-pointers on 10 attempts, and 23-of-24 at the free throw line in the final 20 minutes.
The Hornets hit just 11-of-31 second half shots (35.5%) and only four three- pointers on 18 tries (22.2%).
Dandridge and Desmond Williams led five Florida A&M players in double-figures with 17 points each.
Haywood and Kavon Waller added 15 points each for Delaware State.
The Hornets will continue their three-game homestand on Monday (Jan. 30) against North Carolina Central. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall, following the DSU/NCCU women’s contest. Delaware State has won its last three games against NC Central, including 69-68 victory on Jan. 10 in Durham, N.C.
… Haywood’s 15-point performance gives him 977 for his collegiate career
… Waller has at least one three-pointer in 14 straight contests and three-or-more triples in nine games this season
… Raysor’s previous DSU high was 17 points vs. Texas Christian during the 2015-16 season
… Delaware State sophomore forward DeVaughn Mallory returned to action after missing the previous seven games due to a calf injury. He did not take a shot and grabbed one rebound in two minutes of playing time. Mallory was averaging 9.8 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game before the injury.