Dover, Del. (Nov. 18, 2019) --- Delaware State looked like world beaters in the beginning, but came down to earth in a 92-84 loss to Long Island Brooklyn in a men’s basketball contest in Memorial Hall this evening.
The Sharks picked up their first win of the season (1-3), while the Hornets fell to 0-4. The point total was the highest of the season for DSU, which averaged 64.7 points in its first three games.
Raiquan Clark led LIU with 25 points on nine-of-14 shooting from the floor, while teammate Tyrn Flowers filled up the stat sheet with 20 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and two steals.
Delaware State’s John Crosby (sr.) led all players with 32 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field, while L.J. Stansbury (Hodgson Vo-Tech) tallied a career-high 18 points for the Hornets (8-15 FGs).
Crosby’s point total was the most by a Hornet against a Division I opponent since Amere May scored 40 and Kendall Gray 33 vs. Coppin State on Mar. 5, 2015. DSU’s Kevin Larkin scored 40 points vs. Div. III Cairn last season.
The Hornets started quickly against LIU, hitting five of their first six shots, including a three-pointer, to open up an 11-0 lead.
Ameer Bennett capped off a 6-0 DSU run with an inside basket to give the Hornets their biggest lead, 30-14, with 10:35 left in the first half.
LIU chipped away throughout the rest of the half, and pulled to within 40-35 on a three-pointer by Ashtyn Bradley with 4:43 to go before halftime.
The Hornets were outscored 27-16 in the final 10 minutes of the half, but held a 46-41 lead at intermission.
Long Island outscored DSU 9-2 to start the second half, and took its first lead, 50-48, on a three-ball by Virshon Cotton with 17:42 left to play.
The teams went back-and-forth throughout much of the second half, which featured six ties and five lead changes.
LIU led 64-59 before the Hornets ran off the next five points to tie the game.
The score was 72-72 when the Clark converted an old fashioned three-point play and Bradley nailed a three-pointer to give the Sharks a six-point lead.
LIU hit seven of eight free throws down the stretch to ice the win.
Delaware State shot 44.3% overall for the game (31-for-70), but only 26.1% from three-point territory (6-23).
Long Island shot 51.7 for the game, knocking down 31 of its 60 shots from the floor, including 12 of 28 from beyond the arc (42.9%).
The Hornets held a slight edge in rebounding 36-35.
Delaware State returns to action on Wednesday (Nov. 20) at Virginia Tech. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Blacksburg, Va.