Hornets fall to NC A&T for 12th straight loss

 

DOVER — Based on recent history, Monday was as good of a chance as any for the Delaware State men’s basketball team to end its losing streak.

But like so often this year, things did not go the Hornets’ way.

Delaware State lost for the 12th time in a row, dropping a MEAC contest, 76-66 to North Carolina A&T, at Memorial Hall on Monday. The Hornets fell to 0-3 in conference and 2-16 overall.

DSU coach Keith Walker entered the game 4-0 in his career against North Carolina A&T. The Aggies had also not won at Delaware State since 2011.

That all changed despite a strong shooting performance by the Hornets. Delaware State turned the ball over 19 times and also allowed North Carolina A&T to shoot 52.8 percent from the floor, which canceled out a 47 percent shooting mark for Delaware State.

“No doubt we turned the ball over in the most inopportune times and gave them too many good chances on the offensive end,” Walker said. “They had 30 points off turnovers. When we’re in a position to win, that’s something we need to continue to work on. I thought the guys played well enough to win.”

The Hornets wasted the best performance of senior Artem Tavakalyan’s career. The Russian hit his first five three-point attempts on his way to a career-high 23 points.

The 23 points were the most by a Hornet in a single game this season. Tavakalyan finished the game 8-of-11 on his field goal attempts including a 5-of-6 performance from three.

Delaware State shot 55.6 percent from three-point range (10-18), after shooting 1-of-17 on Saturday in a three-point loss to South Carolina State.

“I’m happy to see Artem come through,” Walker said. “He stepped his game up. After the last game he and the guys stayed longer in the gym, working on outside shooting.”

The Hornets only led once in the second half.

Joe Lewis knocked down a pair of free throws to put DelState on top 51-49 with 13:00 left. The teams exchanged baskets before a three-pointer by Kavon Waller tied the game 56-56 with 8:22 to go.

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Keith Walker

Raymor Platt capitalized off a wayward DSU pass to give the Aggies the lead for good on an open layup. The Hornets missed on the other end which led to a fastbreak finished off by Denzel Keyes (17 points) for North Carolina A&T.

Keyes scored again on a turnaround hook shot for a 62-56 advantage before Waller put a stop to the 6-0 run with a three-pointer to make it a one possesion game.

That was as close as DSU would get the rest of the way.

North Carolina A&T took its largest lead in the final two minutes when Aaren Edmead drilled a three-pointer then he stole the ball back for a layup and a foul. Once he hit the resulting free throw, the Hornets trailed 72-61.

“We didn’t take care of the basketball,” “In order for us to have any success, we need to take care of the ball.”

 

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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