“HORNETS” (5-23; 2-13 MEAC) vs. MDES “Hawks” (6-24; 4-11 MEAC)
Thu., Mar. 7, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
Princess Anne, MD. (Hytche Athletic Center - 5,500)
Delaware State (5-23; 2-13 MEAC) closes out the 2018-19 regular season with a visit to MEAC rival Maryland-Eastern Shore. The Hornets have dropped their last two games, including a 74-66 setback to MEAC regular season champ Norfolk State on Monday. Jonathan Mitchell (sr.) was high scorer for the Hornets with 14 points and led the team with eight rebounds in the last contest. Ameer Bennett (so.) and Kevin Larkin (gr.) added 12 points each, while Pinky Wiley tallied eight points and a game-high eight assists in the Norfolk State contest. Larkin is the Hornets’ leader and fourth in the MEAC in scoring at 16.0 points per game. He’s also the MEAC’s second-leading rebounder at 8.8 per game. Larkin also holds the MEAC single-game scoring high this season with his 40-point performance vs. Cairn on Dec. 3. DSU forward Saliek Edwards (sr.) is second on the Hornets in scoring at 10.3 points per game. Wiley is the MEAC’s steals leader (2.1 pg) and is fifth in the conference in assists at 4.3 per game.
Maryland-Eastern Shore (6-24; 4-11 MEAC) brings a two-game win streak into the contest. The Hawks are coming off a 78-73 win over Morgan State on Monday. Six MDES players scored in double-figures in the game, led by Bryan Urrutia’s 18. Ryan Andino is the Hawks’ leading scorer this season at 10.4 points per game.
HORNETS vs. Hawks Series History (DSU leads 55-53)
This is the second meeting between the Hornets and Hawks this season. MDES won the first contest 62-56 on Feb. 23 in Dover, Del., its fourth consecutive win in the series. Delaware State led 28-24 at the half, but was outscored 38-28 in the final 20 minutes. Isaac Taylor led three MDES double-figure scorers with 18 points in the first meeting between the teams. Edwards was the top scorer for the Hornets with 23 points, highlighted by a career-best seven three-point field goals. Larkin added 19 points and a team-high eight rebounds in the first meeting.