Norfolk, Va. (Jan. 5, 2019) --- Delaware State’s Pinky Wiley had career-highs of 28 points and six three-point field goals, but it wasn’t enough in the Hornets’ 77-63 loss to Norfolk State in the MEAC men’s basketball opener for both teams at Echols Hall this evening. Kevin Larkin added 20 points for the Hornets. The other seven players who competed in the game for DSU combined for just 15 points.
Derrick Jamerson led four Norfolk State players in double-figures with 21 points. Jamerson was seven-for-12 from the field, including five-of-eight on three-point shots.
Alex Long recorded a double-double for Norfolk State, tallying 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Hornets dropped their third straight game to fall to 3-11 overall. The Spartans snapped a two-game slide to improve to 6-10.
Delaware State trailed 28-21 before a 9-2 run to draw even. Wiley knocked down his fifth three-pointer of the first half to tie the score at 30-30 with 52 seconds left in the half.
Norfolk State led 33-30 at the break.
The Spartans scored the first 10 points of the second half, and opened up a 43-30 lead on a jumper by Steven Whitley with 18:42 left to play.
The Hornets answered by scoring 12 of the next 16 points, and pulled to within 47-42 on a lay-up by Wiley at the 14:58 mark of the second half.
DSU could get no closer the rest of the way, and trailed by as many as 15 points down the stretch.
Wiley’s previous career-highs were 19 points and four three-pointers vs. Penn on Nov. 27, 2018.
The Hornets are back in action on Monday (Jan. 7) for their MEAC home opener against Coppin State. Game time is 7:30 p.m., following the DSU /CSU women’s contest in Memorial Hall.