Dover, Del. (Mar. 3, 2017) --- The Delaware State men’s basketball team will play its 2017 MEAC Tournament opener against Bethune-Cookman in a first round contest on Tuesday, Mar. 7 at 4 p.m. at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va. The Hornets are the tournament’s eighth seed, while the Wildcats are seeded ninth.
The winner of the DSU/Bethune-Cookman contest will face No. 1 seed North Carolina Central on Wednesday (Mar. 8) at 6 p.m.
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.
North Carolina Central is the No. 1 seed in the 2017 MEAC Tournament by virtue of its regular season title. Norfolk State, Morgan State and Hampton round out the top four seeds. Hampton is seeking its third straight tournament championship.
This year’s title game is set for Saturday, Mar. 11 at 1 p.m., and will be televised live on ESPN2.
Delaware State has an all-time record of 26-45 in the MEAC Tournament. The Hornets won their only tournament championship in 2005, and also made title game appearances in 1991, ’93, 2006, 2007 and 2015.