Dover, Del. (Jan. 6, 2018) --- Patrell Rogers nailed an off-balanced three-point shot with 0.4 seconds left to give South Carolina State a thrilling 63-60 MEAC win over Delaware State in Memorial Hall this evening. The Bulldogs snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 5-11 overall and 1-1 in the MEAC. The Hornets dropped their 11th straight to fall to 2-15 and 0-2 in conference play.
There were four lead changes and seven ties in the second half. Delaware State evened the score for the final time at 60-60 when freshman Marquis Collins hit two free throws with 15.1 seconds to go in the game.
After a timeout by South Carolina State, the Bulldogs had the ball about 25 feet from its basket with time expiring when Rogers launched the winning shot under pressure from two Delaware State defenders.
The Hornets trailed 30-29 at the break, but opened up a 42-36 lead on a lay-up by Simon Okolue with 15:25 left in the second half.
Neither team could build a lead of more than four points in the final 14 minutes of the game.
James Richardson was high scorer for South Carolina State with 12 points, while Ozante Fields came off the bench to add 10.
Okolue was the only Delaware State player in double figures with 16 points. He also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds to post his fourth double-double of the season.
Delaware State shot 43.3% from the field, but hit only one-of-17 three-point attempts (5.9%). SC State was 25-for-59 from the field (42.4%), including 7-of-28 three-point shots (25.0%).
The Hornets held a slight edge in rebounding, 37-36.
Delaware State wraps up a three-game homestand on Monday (Jan. 8) with a MEAC contest against North Carolina A&T. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m., following the DSU/NCA&T women’s contest in Memorial Hall.