SITE: Dover, Del. (Memorial Hall).
SCORE: Delaware State 60, Morgan State 56
RECORD: DSU (6-23), MSU (15-14).
DSU’s NEXT GAME: Monday March 5 --- MEAC Tournament.
Dover, Del. (Mar. 1) --- The Delaware State Lady Hornets defeated the Morgan State Lady Bears 60-56, at Memorial Hall, in the final game of the regular season. This is the first win for Interim Head Coach Kyle Adams, whom was given control of the team three games ago.
The Morgan State Bears led by eight points tied for their largest lead of the game, after a made jumper from Adre’onia Coleman extended their lead to 49-41 with 7:36 remaining in the fourth quarter.
DSU’s Arion Jackson hit back to back jumpers to cut the deficit to just four points, 49-45.
NaJai Pollard tacked on two free throws to cut the deficit to two at 49-47.
The Lady Bears’ Braennan Farrar scored a layup to increase Morgan State’s lead back to four.
Ryan Jones split a pair of free throws and then on the next possession NaJai Pollard finished inside with a layup to cut the deficit down to just one at 51-50.
Keke Barber capped off the 12-2 run with a three pointer, giving Delaware State a 53-51 advantage with 2:23 left in the game.
Morgan State’s Braennan Farrar scored on a layup to tie the game at 53 with 1:59 left.
DSU’s Arion Jackson converted on another jumper to retake the lead 55-53 with 1:44 remaining.
With just 36 seconds left in the game Farrar found Jihayah Chavis open at the top of the key for three, giving Morgan State a 56-55 lead.
On the following possession NaJai Pollard’s midrange shot was too strong off the rim, Ryan Jones tracked down the missed shot for the Lady Hornets and was fouled on her jumper.
Jones converted on both free throw attempts, and DSU regained a 57-56 lead with 15 seconds left.
The next possession Arion Jackson deflected a pass away from Morgan State into the hands of Ryan Jones. She would get fouled and make the first free throw.
However, Jones missed the second free throw attempt, NaJai Pollard got a hand on the rebound before having it wrestled away by multiple Lady Bears.
Players on both teams ran for the loose ball, but after all the chaos Lanayjha Ashe came away with rebound and was fouled with three seconds left.
Ashe put the game away at the free throw line.
DSU led at halftime 33-26, however after scoring just four points in the third quarter they trailed 43-37 heading into the fourth quarter.
Delaware State made 23-of-56 field goal attempts (41.1%) and 2-of-9 on three-point field goals (22.2%).
Lady Hornet NaJai Pollard led all players with 23 points and nine rebounds.
Arion Jackson also scored 10 points in her first game back from injury.
Morgan State shot 20-of-53 from the field (37.7%) and 5-of-14 from beyond-the-arc (35.7%).
Braennan Farrar led the Lady Bears with 19 points and three steals.
Up next for the Lady Hornets is the MEAC Tournament, which starts on Monday March 5th in Norfolk, Va.
> DSU outscored MSU 34-18 in points in the paint.
> DSU outscored MSU 24-15 in points off turnovers.
> DSU scored 18 second chance points.