College notes: DSU men trying to win third in a row

 

Winning streaks have been few and far between for the Delaware State men’s basketball team this season.

But the Hornets are on one right now. For only the second time all season, they’ve won back-to-back games.

They will have their work cut out for them if they want to stretch that streak to three, however.

Delaware State will square off against the top-two teams in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference this weekend. The Hornets host second-place Norfolk State (9-2 MEAC) today at 4 p.m. and first-place Hampton (10-2) on Monday at 7:30 p.m..

The Hornets upset Maryland Eastern Shore, 75-71, at home last Saturday before going on the road to Coppin State to earn a 71-67 victory on Monday.

The two-game stretch has pulled DelState out of the cellar of the MEAC standings and into 10th place. The Hornets have improved after a rough start to 4-7 in the conference and 6-20 overall.

Another encouraging sign for Delaware State is its top-five leading scorers this season are all underclassmen.

“I keep telling the players it’s a learning process,” said DSU coach Keith Walker. “The only way these kids can learn is to put them through the fire. We’ve been through some fire now. One thing I like about them is they won’t quit no matter what the circumstances are.”

Delaware State has not beat Norfolk State since Feb 15, 2012.

The Hornets downed Hampton both times the two teams met in the regular season last year. But Hampton defeated the Hornets in the MEAC Tournament to earn a spot in the NCAA tourney where the Pirates won their play-in game before falling to Kentucky.

Hampton returned four of its five starters from last year’s squad.

Wesley in the hunt

The Wesley College men’s basketball team goes into today’s regular-season finale with a chance to extend its season.

The Wolverines host St. Mary’s (8-9 CAC, 12-12 overall) at 3 p.m.

At the moment, Wesley (9-15 overall) is in a three-way tie with Marymount and Penn State-Harrisburg for the sixth and final spot in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. All three are 7-10 in the CAC.

The Wolverines would win a head-to-head tiebreaker with PSU-Harrisburg because it swept the season series. And, while it split with Marymount, the Saints have to play at first-place Christopher Newport (17-0 CAC) today at 4 p.m.

CR grad helps Widener to title

Freshman Aaron Green, a Caesar Rodney High product, anchored Widener University’s 400-freestyle relay to a winning and record-breaking time of 3:04.36 in the final event for the program’s 13th Middle Atlantic Conference championship last weekend.

In his first season, Green has set Widener school records in the 100-butterfly (51.49) and 100-backstroke (50.87).

Green was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Year for his role in four winning performances at the league championship meet. He won the 100-butterfly, the 100-backstroke and also swam on the winning 200-freestyle relay along with anchoring the 400. Green placed second in the 100-freestyle.

Green and the program’s 400 free relay squad are eligible for the NCAA Championships, which will take place in Greensboro, N.C. from March 16-19, after registering NCAA “B” cut times at the championship meet.

Notes

  • Laurel High grad Regan Green made her debut last weekend for the Mississippi State softball team, throwing six innings over three games with 14 strikeouts and zero earned runs. The two-time Delaware Player of the Year surrendered just two hits while facing 22 batters for Mississippi State (5-0).
  • Smyrna High product Brent Fleetwood is currently ranked No. 3 in the Mid-American Conference in the 125-pound weight class. The sophomore at Central Michigan University has a 16-9 overall record this season entering this weekend.
  • Delaware’s women’s lacrosse team is off to a 2-0 start and faces No. 13-ranked Penn today at noon at historic Franklin Field. The Blue Hens have had at least eight players tally a goal in each of its two games so far this season.
  • Dover High grad Nick Spadafino, a sophomore pitcher on the Delaware baseball team, is featured on a short, Youtube.com video entitled, ‘My Blue Hen Story – Nick Spadafino (Baseball).’ The Hens are in Florida this weekend, playing a season-opening three-game series at Stetson.
  • Dover’s Mace brothers are both playing college baseball this spring. Kyle is a sophomore pitcher at Delaware State, where he’s back on the mound after missing last season with an injury, while younger brother Andrew is a freshman catcher at Salisbury.

Reach staff writer

Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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