Dover, Del. (Feb. 2, 2019) --- Delaware State led for more than half the game, but faltered down the stretch in a 76-73 MEAC men’s basketball loss to Savannah State today.
The game featured 10 ties and nine lead changes. The biggest second half lead was five by the Hornets on three occasions.
The Hornets led by as many as eight points in the first half, but trailed 36-33 at the break.
Delaware State held its last lead, 65-64, on a free throw by Kevin Larkin with 3:19 left to play. Savannah State answered with a 5-0 run and opened up a 69-65 lead after two free throws by Zach Sellers with 1:38 remaining.
The Tigers led 74-71 after Sellers hit one of two at the line with 10 ticks remaining. Delaware State needed a three-pointer to tie the game on the ensuing possession, but had to settle for a lay-up by Jonathan Mitchell with two seconds left.
Joseph Collins hit two free throws on the next possession to give Savannah State a three-point lead again. The Hornets failed on a desperation three-point attempt as time expired.
Ameer Bennett led five Delaware State double-figure scorers with a career-high 19 points. Bennett was 7-for-11 from the field and 5-of-7 at the free throw line. Mitchell added 14 points, while Larkin notched his seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Mid-season addition D’Marco Baucum recorded his third straight double-figure scoring game with 12 points, while Pinky Wiley added 10 points and a game-high five assists.
Collins was high scorer for Savannah State with 17 points.
Delaware State dropped its 10th straight game to fall to 3-18 overall and 0-8 in the MEAC. SSU improved to 6-15 and 3-4.
The Hornets are also home for their next game on Monday (Feb. 4) against South Carolina State. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. following the DSU / SC State women’s contest in Memorial Hall.