SITE: Norfolk, Va. (Scope Arena).
SCORE: Delaware State 60, Maryland Eastern Shore 77
RECORD: DSU (6-24), MDES (11-18).
Delaware State was eliminated in the first round of the MEAC Tournament by the Maryland Eastern Shore Lady Hawks, 77-60 Tuesday afternoon at the Scope Arena.
The Lady Hornets jumped out to a 12-7 run, started by a three-pointer from Ryan Jones on the game’s opening possession, and capped off by seven straight points from NaJai Pollard.
DSU’s lead extended to 10 points after a layup from Genell Addison gave them a 19-9 advantage with 2:19 remaining. The Hawks hit back to back three-pointers, but DSU still lead 19-15 heading into the second quarter.
Delaware State held on to their lead throughout the second quarter, both teams struggled on offense shooting 33% from the field.
DSU headed into halftime up 33-27.
Maryland Eastern Shore opened the second half on a 12-2 run, and took their first lead of the game, 38-35 with 7:18 left in the third quarter. The Hawks made six three-pointers in the period and led 53-48 going into the fourth quarter.
Delaware State was outscored 24-12 in the final quarter, Maryland Eastern Shore led by as many as 19 points with 4:08 remaining.
Delaware State made 24-of-71 (33.8%) field goal attempts, including 6-of-23 (26.1%) on three-pointers.
NaJai Pollard led the Hornets with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
DSU’s Arion Jackson had a game high 12 rebounds.
Maryland Eastern Shore shot 26-of-66 (39.4%) from the field and 11-of-29 (37.9%) from beyond-the-arc.
Alexus Hicks led four Hawks in double figures with 18 points.
KEYS TO THE GAME
> MDES made 11 three pointers.
> DSU outscored MDES 28-24 in points in the paint.
> MDES forced 14 turnovers.