Tallahassee, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2018) --- Justin Ravenel scored a game-high 30 points, highlighted by eight three-point field goals, to lead Florida A&M past Delaware State 94-89 in a MEAC double-overtime contest at FAMU’s Al Lawson Center Monday evening.
The Rattlers outscored the Hornets 14-9 in the second overtime to improve to 3-18 this season and 2-3 in the MEAC. The Hornets dropped their 14th straight game to fall to 2-18 and 0-5.
The game was tied at 69-69 at the end of regulation and 80-80 after the first overtime period.
This marks the third straight year that the Hornets and Rattlers have played an overtime contest at the Lawson Center. Delaware State won 80-77 in OT at Florida A&M during the 2016-17 season, while the Rattlers won 96-95 in two extra periods during the 2015-16 campaign.
The loss overshadowed a stellar performance by Hornet freshman Marquis Collins, who led the team with a career-best 24 points, tops for a DSU player this season. Collins had seven field goals (7-21), including a three-pointer, and was 9-for-11 at the free throw line. He also pulled down a career-high nine rebounds.
Delaware State freshman guard Pinky Wiley added a career-best 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field, including two three-point baskets (2-5).
Artem Tavakalyn and Simon Okolue each recorded double-doubles for the Hornets.
Tavakalyan tallied 15 points and grabbed a personal-best 12 rebounds. Okolue scored 12 points (6-10 FG) and also set a career-high with 14 rebounds to post his fifth double-double of the season.
Kavon Waller was DSU’s fifth double-figure scorer of the game with 12 points.
Ravenel was 11-for-17 from the field and 8-of-14 on three-point shots for Florida A&M.
Marcus Barham added 24 points and Desmond Williams 16 for the Rattlers.
The game featured 10 ties and nine lead changes.
Delaware State led by nine points on three occasions in the first half, but settled for a 35-29 lead at intermission.
Florida A&M took control in the second half and opened up a 67-60 lead on a basket with 2:39 left in regulation.
The Hornets scored the next six points and pulled to within 67-66 on a three-pointer by Tavakalyan with 1:12 to play in the second half.
After Barham hit two free throws to give FAMU a 69-66 lead, Collins hit a lay-up and free throw for DSU with 40 seconds left to tie the score.
Florida A&M came up empty on the ensuing possession, but Okolue and Wiley missed shots in the closing moments for the Hornets to send the game into overtime.
In the first OT, Collins gave Delaware State a 76-71 lead on a jumper with 2:58 left.
The Rattlers scored nine of the next 11 points, and regained the lead 80-78 on a Barham jumper with 11 seconds left.
DSU’s Joe Lewis missed a three-point shot with time running out in the first overtime, but Tavakalyan tipped in the rebound to tie the score and send the game into the second extra period.
The score was 81-81 in the second overtime when the Rattlers ran off the next six points to take control.
Delaware State led for 31:24 in the game, compared to 13:19 for Florida AM … the Hornets are 0-2 in overtime this season, including a 68-59 loss to Delaware on Dec. 17 …DSU returns to action on Sat. (Jan. 20) at home against Bethune-Cookman (game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., following the BCU/DSU women’s contest in Memorial Hall).