College notebook: Delaware State men rallying around Edwards

The Delaware State men’s basketball team had a little extra motivation on Monday.

First-year coach Eric Skeeters asked the Hornets if they could win the game for teammate Saleik Edwards, who has missed the last two games due to a concussion.

The Hornets answered their coach with a thrilling 70-68 victory over South Carolina State. It was the first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win of the season and was only the second time this year DelState has beaten a Division I opponent.

“I told them, ‘You know he would do it for you, so step up and do it for him,’” Skeeters said. “It’s a beautiful thing to see. We’ve been rallying behind him. That’s a true testament to being there for each other.”

Delaware State will likely be without Edwards again this weekend as the Hornets travel to North Carolina A&T today (4 p.m.) and North Carolina Central on Monday (7:30 p.m.). The Hornets (4-18 overall) will be trying to win back-to-back games for the first time all season.

The win against South Carolina State snapped a 10-game losing streak for the Hornets.

And they did it with only eight players dressed as several are out for the season with long-term injuries. Not only was Edwards out with a concussion but another starter, Kevin Larkin, was sitting out the game due to disciplinary reasons.

“We put another brick down in our foundation,” Skeeters said. “A great solid brick. We were missing two starters and we were still able to win a tough conference game. That shows we’re getting better.”

Larkin will return for today’s contest.

The Sussex Tech grad leads DelState with 16.4 points per game. That mark is good enough for fourth place in the MEAC.

Wesley putting up points

Wesley College’s 105-98 win over Cabrini in men’s basketball on Wednesday marked the third time the Wolverines have broken the century mark this season.

Wesley leads the Atlantic East Conference in scoring at 83 points per game. Not surprisingly the Wolverines also have two of the league’s top three individual scorers in leader Brian Cameron (26.0) and No. 3 Evan Anderson (19.2).

Coach Dean Burrows said it’s not a coincidence that Wesley is the conference’s top free-throw shooting squad, as well, at 77 percent.

“With this group we have right now, we have really done a good job of getting to the line and making our free shots all season long,” said Burrows. “We actually need to do a far better job of moving the ball while also doing a far better job of taking care of it (which plays a strong role in why teams score on us as they have in many instances this season).”

The Wolverines (5-4 AEC, 11-11) will be going after their third-straight win when they host first-place Gwynedd-Mercy (8-2 AEC, 16-7 overall) today at 3 p.m.

DSU’s Maisonet honored

Delaware State senior Darnel Maisonet has been named to the Preseason All-MEAC Baseball second-team outfield.

Maisonet, an All-MEAC third-team outfielder last year, was tops on the Hornets with a .341 batting average vs. MEAC opponents and .303 overall average. He was the team leader and tied for 10th in MEAC with five home runs, second on the Hornets with 21 RBI, while ranking third on the team in runs scored (23) and sixth in hits (36).

Coppin State is the favorite to repeat as MEAC Northern Division champs with 13 of 18 first-place votes and 66 total points. Delaware State was picked to finish third in the MEAC North race with one first-place vote and 33 points.

Notes

•Quarterback Jack McDaniels has officially enrolled at the University of West Alabama, completing his transfer from Delaware State.

McDaniels was the Hornets’ starting QB in each of the last two season openers but ended up losing the starting job both seasons. He will have two years of eligibility at West Alabama.

•Milford High product Abraham Mow, a sophomore at Slippery Rocky University, was named to the preseason National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-Atlantic Region Team. Mow started 46 games as a freshman a year ago and was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division Freshman of the Year.

•Devin Morgan hit a game-winning three-pointer with two seconds left for Youngstown State over Detroit Mercy last Saturday. Morgan played the first two years of his career at Delaware State before transferring after the 2016-2017 season.

Morgan, who was DSU’s leading scorer when he transferred, is averaging 9.6 points per game for Youngstown State.

•Former Delaware football assistant coach Henry Baker has accepted a job with the New York Giants as an assistant defensive backs coach. Baker coached defensive backs at Delaware from 2011-2016 before moving on to North Carolina and then Rutgers.

•The Delaware Tech men’s basketball team dropped to 0-21 after losing its last three games.

Against Essex on Feb. 2, sophomore Anthony Davis and sophomore Darius Jackson of Middletown, led the team in scoring with 18 points apiece. Against Mercer on Feb. 5, Jackson led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Matthew Tormen had his second straight double-double with 10 points and 17 rebounds.

Against Manor, Jackson and freshman Justin Craigg of Newark, led DelTech in scoring with 19 points apiece, sophomore Kharee MacElree had 14, and Davis had 13.

•Kayla Stamm has stepped down as head coach of the Delaware State bowling team after two-and-a-half seasons to pursue a career opportunity in her home state of Pennsylvania.

Stamm was the 2017-18 MEAC Coach of the Year after leading the Hornets to their second straight MEAC Northern Division title. Delaware State also captured the 2016-17 division crown in Stamm’s first season with the Hornets.

Staff writer Tim Mastro can be reached at tmastro@newszap.com. Sports editor Andy Walter can be reached at walter@newszap.com or 741-8227.

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