“HORNETS” (2-9) vs. DELAWARE “Blue Hens” (4-6)                                            
Sun., Dec. 17, 2017 - 8:00 p.m. ET                                               
Dover, Del. (Memorial Hall   - 1,500)                                                                       
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Delaware State Head Coach Keith Walker (Clemson, ‘81): 42-80 at DSU (4th year, plus 11 games as interim in 2013-14); 133-182 career; 1-2 vs. Delaware       Delaware Head Martin Ingelsby (Notre Dame, ’01): 17-26 at Delaware and career (second year); 1-0 vs. DSU

Delaware State welcomes First State rival Delaware to Memorial Hall in a battle for bragging rights between the state’s two Division I men’s basketball programs. The Hornets are trying to snap a five-game losing streak in addition to notching their first win against a Division I opponent this season. DSU has been idle since a 97-48 wire-to-wire loss to Duquesne in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Dec. 9. The Dukes hit four three-pointers in the first three-and-a-half minutes to help build a 16-3 lead. Duquesne shot 58.6% from the field in the first half and was ahead 53-16 lead at the break. Duquesne knocked down 18 three-pointers in the contest (18-34), tops for a Delaware State opponent this season. Artem Tavakalyan was the only Hornet in double figures with 13 points. He also led the team with seven rebounds in the contest. Delaware State has played its last five games without top player Kobe Gantz (so.), who is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Gantz was leading the Hornets in scoring (13.6 ppg), assists (20) and steals (16) when he went down in the Nov. 25 win over Georgian Court. Newcomer Simon Okolue is the team rebounding leader at 6.5 per game.  

Delaware, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, is trying to snap a four-game skid. The Hens are coming off a 92-68 home loss to No. 9 Notre Dame on Dec. 9. Kevin Anderson was UD’s top scorer with 23 points and also dished out a team-high seven assists. Ryan Daly added 15 points and Ryan Allen 14 for the Hens in the game. Daly leads four Delaware double-figure scorers at 16.5 points per game this season. He also leads the Hens with 19 three-point field goals. Anderson is the Hens’ second leading scorer (13.0 ppg) and assist leader with 28. Delaware’s Ryan Allen (12.6 ppg) and Anthony Mosley (10.4 ppg) are also double-figure scorers this season.  

Delaware has won the last two meetings to open up a 13-4 series lead. The teams last met on Dec. 2, 2016. The Hens won the contest 64-49 at UD’s Carpenter Center. Delaware State was outscored 28-10 in the last 14 minutes in the game. The Hornets led 39-36, but missed 14 of their last 18 shots to suffer their first road loss to the Hens since 2010. Delaware’s 2016 win also snapped a five-game losing streak by the home team in the series. The last time the teams met in Memorial Hall, Delaware pulled out a 62-56 victory in the 2015-16 opener for each team. Delaware State led 37-31 at the half, but was outscored 31-19 in the final 20 minutes. The Hornets hit just 9-of-32 second half shots (28.1%), including 1-of-11 from three-point range (9.1%). DSU was also outrebounded 44-29 in the contest. Delaware State won the first meeting between the teams in 1991. Delaware took the next eight games from 1992 to 2000. The teams did not meet from 2001 to '08. The Hornets are 1-7 all-time vs. Delaware in Memorial Hall, the lone victory on Dec. 1, 2009 (75-67).


















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