Delaware State men edge NC A&T at buzzer, 55-53


Senior DeAndre Haywood hit a driving shot in the lane with 0.3 seconds left to give Delaware State a 55-53 come-from-behind victory over North Carolina A&T in the Hornets’ 2016-17 MEAC opener at the Corbett Sports Center on Saturday afternoon.

Haywood, who was also fouled on the shot, missed the free throw and time expired to give DSU its first win in a MEAC opener since the 2012-13 season. The Hornets also won their third straight against the Aggies and snapped a four-game overall losing streak to improve to 4-12 this season.

Haywood’s basket capped off a late rally for the Hornets, who trailed 43-36 after a basket and free throw by NCA&T’s Davaris McGowens with 8:02 left to play. DSU outscored the Aggies 13-5 over the next five-plus minutes, and grabbed its first lead of the second half, 49-48, on a dunk by Artem Tavakalyan with 2:52 remaining in the game.

On the ensuing possession, Amari Hamilton nailed a three-point shot to put North Carolina A&T back ahead 51-49.

The Aggies stretched their lead to 53-49 on a dunk by McGowens with 1:54 left to play.

After a free throw by DSU’s Mahir Johnson and a Aggie turnover, Devin Morgan drained his fourth three-point shot of the game to tie the score at 53-53 with 58 ticks on the second half clock.

DeAndre Haywood

The Aggies committed a turnover on their next possession, but the Hornets failed to capitalize when Haywood’s lay-up attempt was blocked by McGowens with 28 seconds left to play.

North Carolina A&T’s Sam Hunt missed the potential go-ahead basket with 16 seconds left, and Tavakalyan grabbed the rebound to give the Hornets a chance for the last shot.

DSU called a timeout to set up the game-winning play.

Morgan led three Delaware State players in double figures with 14 points, highlighted by the four three-pointers. Haywood and Kavon Waller added 12 points each for the Hornets.

Donte Watson came off the bench to lead the Aggies with a game-high 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field, including 4-of-7 on three-point shots. McGowens had 15 points and led all players with 12 rebounds for NC A&T.

The Aggies outshot the Hornets 40.9 percent to 36.4 percent, and also won the rebound battle 43-24. Delaware State committed just seven turnovers, its lowest of the season and fewest since recording six vs. Hampton on Feb. 22, 2016. North Carolina A&T hurt its cause by committing 20 turnovers in the game.

WOMEN, North Carolina A&T 83, Delaware State 44: The Hornets lost their 10th game in a row. They drop to 1-13 overall, and 0-1 in the MEAC. The Aggies improve to 5-10 on the season, and 1-1 in conference play.

Delaware State was led by their true freshman forward, Kia Abrams. The North Carolina native led the team in scoring, with a career high 17 points. Freshman guard Lanayjha Ashe, also from North Carolina, added 10 points.

North Carolina A&T had three players with double-digit scoring performances. Dana Brown, Cinia McCray, and Aliyah Kilpatrick scored 20, 16, and 13 respectively. Brown had a game high five made three-point field goals.

The Aggies opened the game on a 13-4 run. McCray and Brown both made a three-pointer during their spurt. Abrams led the Lady Hornets with 5 points, including a three pointer of her own. However, DSU trailed 15-9 at the end of the first quarter.

North Carolina A&T outscored the Lady Hornets 21-11, in the second quarter. The Aggies led 36-20 after one half of play.

DSU scored the first points in the second half, on an Ashe jumper, to cut the deficit to 14. They would get no closer than that. NC A&T took a 59-32 lead into the 4th quarter.

The Aggies led by as much as 40 points with 2:09 remaining in the game.

DSU was outscored 19-2 in second chance points.

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