“HORNETS” (2-18; 0-5 MEAC) vs. Bethune-Cookman “Wildcats” (10-9; 4-0 MEAC)
Sat., Jan. 20, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.
Dover, Del. (Memorial Hall - 1,500)
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Delaware State Head Coach Keith Walker (Clemson, ‘81): 42-89 at DSU (4th year, plus 11 games as interim in 2013-14); 133-191 career; 2-4 vs. BCU; 26-38 MEAC regular season
Bethune-Cookman Head Coach Ryan Ridder (Embrey-Riddle, ’08): 10-9 at BCU (first year); 0-0 vs. DSU
Delaware State (2-18; 0-5 MEAC) returns home after a two-game road trip to take on MEAC co-leader Bethune-Cookman. The Hornets bring a 14-game losing streak into the contest. DSU is coming off a 94-89 double-overtime loss to Florida A&M last Monday. The Rattlers outscored the Hornets 14-9 in the second overtime to earn the win. The game was tied at 69-69 at the end of regulation and 80-80 after the first overtime period. 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. For the season, Tavakalyan is the Hornets’ top scorer at 10.9 points per game. He’s also second on the team in rebounding (5.3 pg) and three-point field goals (26). Okolue ranks first on the Hornets and seventh in the MEAC with a 7.2 per game rebound average. Wiley is the team leader with 45 assists, while Waller leads the way with 27 three-pointers.
Bethune-Cookman (10-9; 4-0 MEAC) is off to a flying start in the MEAC. The Wildcats have won their last four games, each a MEAC contest, to tie for first in the current league standings. BCU is coming off a 99-81 victory over arch-rival Florida A&M last Saturday. Shawntrez Davis and Brandon Tabb led five Wildcats in double-figures with 22 and 20 points, respectively, in the game. Soufiyane Diakite also had a big game for BCU, scoring 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, and pulling down a game-high 16 rebounds. Tabb is tops on the team and fifth in the MEAC in scoring at 17.5 points per game.
HORNETS vs. WILDCATS SERIES HISTORY (BCU leads series 36-35) This is the only scheduled meeting between the teams this season. The Hornets and Wildcats split two meetings during the 2016-17 season. Delaware State won at BCU 88-82 in overtime in last year’s regular season, but Bethune got revenge with a 69-62 victory in a 2017 MEAC Tournament opening round game in Norfolk, Va.