College notebook: Hornet senior Tavakalyan competing in 3X3 tourney

DSU’s Artem Tavakalyan shoots over Hampton. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

There aren’t many college basketball players still playing at this point in the season.

Delaware State’s Artem Tavakalyan is one of them.

The Hornet senior is participating in the inaugural 3X3 National Championship this weekend in San Antonio, the site of the Final Four.

The tournament will feature teams of seniors who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility from all 32 Division 1 men’s college basketball conferences. The winning team will split a $100,000 grand prize.

Tavakalyan is representing the MEAC team along with Marcus Barham and Desmond Williams from Florida A&M along with Brandon Tabb of Bethune-Cookman.

Tavakalyan had his best year with the Hornets this past season. He was No. 1 in the MEAC in three-point accuracy at .421, hitting 45 of his 107 shots from beyond the arc during the 2017-18 season.

In addition to leading DSU with 45 three-pointers, Tavakalyn was second on the team in scoring (10.8 ppg) and rebounding (5.5 pg), and third in assists (49) this year. He recorded two double-doubles and nailed five three-pointers in two games as a senior.

His career-high point total came on Jan. 8 with 23 points against North Carolina A&T.

Tavakalyan and the MEAC squad opened the 3×3 tournament on Friday with a late night matchup against the ACC. Pool play games continue today and will be streamed live on Twitter.

The semifinals, third place game and championship will be broadcast live on ESPN2 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Brown sets record

Dan Brown, a Caesar Rodney High graduate, recently broke the Bridgewater College men’s lacrosse record for most career assists.

Brown had two assists in a 12-11 victory for Bridgewater over Virginia Wesleyan last Saturday. The first assist tied the record at 44 before his second assist gave him sole possession with 45.

Brown also owns the single season Bridgewater assist record, he tallied 21 two years ago as a sophomore. He picked up 16 more assists as a junior last season.

Currently, he has scored five goals and recorded five assists this year.

Sheahan recognized for service

Kevin Sheahen, another CR grad, was recently honored with the Jefferson Award for Community Service by Newark Mayor Polly Sierer.

Sheahan is currently a junior for the University of Delaware’s men’s lacrosse team.

He also serves as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He participates in a variety of charitable efforts, including visiting sick children at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children and raising money for organizations like the B+ Foundation and the HEADstrong Foundation.

“Community service to me is a huge part of who I am and what I believe in,” Sheahan wrote in his personal statement. “I was very fortunate to grow up in Dover, Del., and be a part of a community that gave so much and helped me grow as an individual. Being fortunate enough to have the platform as a varsity athlete at the University of Delaware has made me realize how great of an impact I can have within the local community.”

Sheahan was one of six presented with the award.

The Jefferson Awards Foundation was founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard. It’s goal is to identify and honor local unsung heroes and celebrate their outstanding community service.


• Dover High product Avery Tunnell was announced as the MEAC’s Rookie of the Week. Tunnell, a freshman at UMES, went 5-for-14 last week with a pair of multi-hit games, three RBI and a walkoff hit to defeat Norfolk State.

• Brandi Dalious (Polytech High) hit .455 with a pair of homers, four RBI and four runs last week for the Wesley College softball team. Dalious is tied for the conference lead in homers with five and is second in RBI with 21.

• Wesley junior Josh Wassum leads the men’s lacrosse team in goals (14) and assists (10).

• The Delaware women’s lacrosse team wraps up nonconference play this weekend with a home game against No. 19 Princeton. Delaware is 5-5 so far on the year.

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