“HORNETS” (3-9; 0-0 MEAC) vs. Norfolk State “Spartans” (5-10; 0-0 MEAC)
Sat., Jan. 5, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. ET
Norfolk, Va. (Echols Hall - 7,000)
Live TV: n/a
Live Video: NSUSpartans.com; Live Audio: HSRN.com (DSU broadcast)
Live Stats: NSUSprtans.com
Twitter updates: @DSUmbb
Delaware State Head Coach Eric Skeeters (Coppin State, ‘97): 3-10 at DSU and career (first season)
Norfolk State Head Coach Robert Jones (New Paltz, ‘02): 92-92 at NSU and career (Sixth year); 5-1 vs. DSU
Delaware State (3-9; 0-0 MEAC) tips off its 2018-19 MEAC schedule at Norfolk State. It’s also the first MEAC contest for new DSU head coach Eric Skeeters. The Hornets have dropped their last two games since defeating Delaware 73-71 for First State bragging rights on Dec. 19. Delaware State is coming off a 116-57 thrashing at the hands of Ball State on Dec. 29. Delaware State’s Kevin Larkin led all players with 26 points, highlighted by a season-best four three-point field goals (4-8). Larkin also had a game-high 11 rebounds to post his third straight double-double and fifth in the last six games. Pinky Wiley was the only other Delaware State player to reach double-figures with 12 points. Wiley also led the Hornets with four assists. Ball State hit 16 of its 29 first half shots en route to a 61-17 lead at the break. The Hornets were just six-for-36 from the field (16.7%) in the first half.
Delaware State improved to 43.2% shooting in the second half (16-for-37), but was outscored 55-40 in the final 20 minutes. Larkin leads the Hornets in scoring at 17.6 points per game and in rebounding at 9.3 per contest. Saleik Edwards (sr.) is second on the team in scoring (12.2 ppg) and tops in three-point field goals (36). Wiley has a team-high 52 assists to rank sixth in the MEAC at 4.0 per game. The Hornets were 2-14 in the MEAC in 2017-18 and have been picked to finish at the bottom of the league standings again this season.
Norfolk State (5 -10; 0-0 MEAC) has lost its last two and five of the last six games. The Spartans are coming off an 83-75 loss to Niagara on Dec. 29. Mastadi Pitt led four NSU players in double-figures with 18 points on seven-of-10 shooting from the field, while Jordan Butler had 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Nic Thomas is the team’s leading scorer at 13.8 points per game. The Spartans have been picked to finish third in the 2018-19 MEAC regular season race, trailing only favorite
Bethune-Cookman and defending champ North Carolina Central.
HORNETS vs. Spartans Series History
This is the first of two scheduled meeting between the teams this season. Norfolk State won the lone 2017-18 meeting 93-58 at Echols Hall on the NSU campus. Pinky Wiley was tops among current Delaware State players with 12 points in the contest, highlighted by four-of-six shooting on three-point shots. The Spartans have won the last two meetings to pull ahead 28-27 in the all-time series. Delaware State last defeated Norfolk State 67-64 on Feb. 20, 2016. The teams are scheduled to meet again this season on Mar. 4 at DSU’s Memorial Hall.