Hornet men fall to Norfolk State despite Wiley’s 28 points

Delaware State’s Pinky Wiley had career-highs of 28 points and six three-point field goals, but it wasn’t enough in the Hornets’ 77-63 loss to Norfolk State in the MEAC men’s basketball opener for both teams on Saturday.

Kevin Larkin added 20 points for the Hornets. The other seven players who competed in the game for DSU combined for just 15 points.

Derrick Jamerson led four Norfolk State players in double-figures with 21 points. Jamerson was seven-for-12 from the field, including five-of-eight on three-point shots.

Alex Long recorded a double-double for Norfolk State, tallying 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Hornets dropped their third straight game to fall to 3-11 overall. The Spartans snapped a two-game slide to improve to 6-10.

Delaware State trailed 28-21 before a 9-2 run to draw even. Wiley knocked down his fifth three-pointer of the first half to tie the score at 30-30 with 52 seconds left in the half.

Norfolk State led 33-30 at the break.

The Spartans scored the first 10 points of the second half, and opened up a 43-30 lead on a jumper by Steven Whitley with 18:42 left to play.

The Hornets answered by scoring 12 of the next 16 points, and pulled to within 47-42 on a lay-up by Wiley at the 14:58 mark of the second half.

DSU could get no closer the rest of the way, and trailed by as many as 15 points down the stretch.

WOMEN, Norfolk State 63, Delaware State 50: The Hornets fell behind 10-2 early as Norfolk State led wire-to-wire in the MEAC opener for both teams.

Delaware State forward NaJai Pollard led the team with 14 points and nine rebounds, while guard Lanayjha Ashe added 13 points, three rebounds and two assists.

The Hornets cut the deficit to just six with 5:32 left in the first half, after Lanayjha Ashe split a pair at the free throw line.

However, the Spartans, regained their double-digit lead and led 30-19 heading into halftime.

Delaware State was unable to make inroads during the third quarter, as both teams scored 18 points.

The Spartans started the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run to end the game.

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