“HORNETS” (2-12) vs. PENN “Quakers” (8-4)
Wed., Dec. 27, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. ET
Phila., Pa. (Palestra - 8,722)
Live Video: IvyLeagueNetwork.com
Delaware State wraps up a three-game road swing and closes out 2017 with a visit to the University of Pennsylvania at the historic Palestra. The Hornets bring an eight-game losing streak into the contest. DSU fell to Nebraska 85-68 in its last outing on Dec. 22. The Cornhuskers shot 60 percent from the field in the first half, knocking down 15 of their 25 shots, including 7-of-12 from three-point territory (58.3%) en route to a 42-26 lead the break. Kavon Waller was Delaware State’s top scorer for the second straight game, tallying 16 points, highlighted by three three-point baskets. Waller also led the Hornets with a career-high nine rebounds. Artem Tavakalyan and Simon Okolue tallied 13 points each, while Pinky Wiley added 12 for the Hornets. The Huskers led 58-37 before Delaware State made a run. The Hornets outscored Nebraska 11-1 over the next four minutes, and only trailed 59-48 after a bucket with 10:36 left in the second half. The Hornets had two possessions to get to within single digits, but came up empty.
The Huskers answered with a 12-2 run, and stretched their lead to 71-50 with 6:15 left to play. DSU could get no closer than 15 points the rest of the way. The Hornets were only outscored 43-42 in the second half. Okolue leads all Delaware players with 10 or more games played in scoring (10.4 ppg), rebounding (6.4 pg), field goal percentage (.574) and blocks (16). Tavakalyan averages 10.1 points and is second on the team with 17 three-point field goals. Wiley leads the Hornets with 30 assists, while Waller has a team-high 19 three point field goals, including eight in the last two games. Delaware State has played its last eight games without sophomore guard Kobe Gantz, who was leading the team in scoring (13.5 ppg), assists and steals when he went down with a season-ending knee injury in the game six win over Georgian Court on Nov. 25.
Penn, a member of the Ivy League, is riding a three-game win streak. The Quakers have been idle since a 78-70 win at Dayton on Dec. 9. Antonio Woods led four Penn players in double figures with 17 points in the contest, hitting 6 of 9 shots from the floor. He also had a team-high seven rebounds and dished out five assists in the game. Sam Jones came off the bench to add 15 points vs. Dayton on 5-of-6 shooting from the field, each from three-point territory. For the season, Ryan Betley is Penn’s top scorer at 14.9 points per game. Betley also has a team-high 3 three-pointers (31-for-82). Max Rothschild leads the Quakers in rebounding at 6.6 per game, while Darnell Forman has a team-high 43 assists.
HORNETS vs. QUAKERS SERIES HISTORY (Tied 1-1)
This will be the third meeting between the teams Delaware State won the first meeting 77-75 in overtime on Nov. 15, 2014 at the Palestra. The teams met again the following season (Nov. 17, 2015), with Penn coming out on top 60-54 at DSU’s Memorial Hall. Delaware State’s Kavon Waller scored nine points (4-7 FGs; 1-2 3pt FG) as a true freshman in that contest.