Princess Anne, Md. (Mar. 7, 2019) --- Delaware State’s frustrating 2018-19 regular season came to an end with a 70-64 MEAC loss to Maryland-Eastern Shore in a hard fought battle at the Hytche Athletic Center this evening. The contest featured 11 lead changes and 10 ties.
The Hornets suffered their third straight loss to end the regular season with a 5-24 overall record and 2-14 mark in the MEAC. The Hawks won their second straight game and fifth in a row over the Hornets to finish the regular year at 7-24 and 5-11.
Isaac Taylor and Ahmad Frost led MDES with 17 points each, while Bryan Urrutia added 12 points and a game-high seven assists.
Delaware State’s Pinky Wiley led all players with 18 points, while Kevin Larkin tallied 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to record his team-leading 11th double-double of the season.
The Hornets held the early advantage, opening up a 25-18 lead on a three-pointer by Larkin to cap off a 9-1 run with 4:57 left in the first half.
MDES outscored Delaware State 14-3 during the remainder of the half to lead 32-28 at intermission.
The Hornets trailed 47-44 when Wiley nailed a three-pointer with 9:03 left to play for the 10th tie of the game.
The Hawks answered with a 15-4 rally over the next five minutes to take control. Frost capped off the spurt with a lay-up off a steal to give MDES a 62-51 lead with 4:12 remaining.
DSU chipped away at the deficit in the closing minutes and pulled to within 66-63 on a put back bucket by Jonathan Mitchell with 17 seconds left in the game.
MDES senior Ryan Andino was perfect on four free throw attempts in the finals seconds to seal the win.
DSU was 23-for-60 from the field (38.3%), including five-for-21 on three-point shots (23.8%) for the game.
Maryland-Eastern Shore shot 46.8% for the game, connecting on 22 of its 47 attempts from the floor, including seven of 17 from beyond the arc (41.2%).
The Hornets were outrebounded 41-27, although DSU took better care of the ball, committing just 10 turnovers compared to 20 for the Hawks.
The Hornets will return to action next week in the 2019 MEAC Tournament at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va. DSU will be the tournament’s 11th seed and take on the No. 6 seed in a first round contest on Mon. (Mar. 11) at 6:00 p.m.
The MEAC is expected to officially announce tournament seeds and pairings on Friday.