Dover, Del. (Jan. 7, 2019) --- Coppin State used a strong second half to hand Delaware State a 64-60 MEAC loss in Memorial Hall Monday evening. DeJuan Clayton led all players with 23 points to lead the Eagles to their second straight win after dropping their first 15 contests. Clayton was six-for-11 from the field and 11-of-14 at the free throw line, including four in the closing moments to hold off a furious Delaware State rally.
Kevin Larkin led four Delaware State players in double figures with 18 points (7-of-15 FGs) and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to record his sixth double-double of the season, each in the last eight games.
Ameer Bennett and Pinky Wiley added 11 points each for the Hornets.
Coppin State hit 12 of their 22 second half shots (54.5%) from the field, while forcing Delaware State into 36.4% shooting (12-for-33) in the final 20 minutes.
The Hornets held three 10-point leads in the first half, the last at 20-10 on a lay-up by Saleik Edwards with 5:44 to go before halftime.
Coppin State’s Kent Auslander hit a three-point shot just before the first half buzzer to cut DSU’s lead to 27-21 at the break.
The Eagles scored 13 of the first 15 points of the second half, and opened up a 34-29 lead on a basket by Cedric Council with 12:51 left to play. A lay-up by Chad Andrews-Fulton gave CSU a 56-44 advantage with just 2:38 remaining.
The Hornets continued to battle, and pulled to within 61-59 on a basket by Bennett with 10 seconds remaining. Clayton answered with two free throws on the ensuing Coppin State possession to seal the win for the Eagles.
Delaware State (3-12; 0-2 MEAC) was 33-for-66 from the field (33.3%), including eight-of-31 on three-point attempts for the game.
Coppin State shot 40.8% for the game, connecting on 20-of-49 attempts from the field, although just three-of-15 from three-point range.
The Hornets won the rebound battle 41-39 and also had fewer turnovers (14-15).
Delaware State returns to action this Saturday (Jan. 12) with a home contest against North Carolina A&T. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m., following the DSU / NCA&T women’s contest in Memorial Hall.