Hornets fly past Eagles for first men’s basketball win

DOVER — Five players scored in double figures to highlight Delaware State’s 90-53 victory over the College of St. Elizabeth in Memorial Hall Tuesday evening.

The Hornets also forced 31 turnovers en route to their first win of the season (1-7).

John Crosby (sr.) game off the bench to lead all players with 17 points, while Ameer Bennett (jr.) and Omari Peek-Green added 15 points each for DSU. Reserve Lance Singh III contributed 14 points, hitting five of his 10 shots, including four-of-nine from three-point range.

LJ Stansbury rounded out DSU’s double-figure scorers with 12.

Crosby was 7-for-13 from the floor, including three-of-five on three-point shots. Bennett also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to record his first collegiate double-double.

Delaware State trailed 7-2 in the early going before embarking on a 16-0 run to take control of the game. Singh scored 12 points on four three-pointers during the rally. His fourth triple gave the Hornets an 18-7 lead with 12:03 left in the first half.

After the Eagles pulled to within four at 20-16, DSU answered with an 11-0 spurt to regain a double-digit lead. Crosby capped off the run with an inside basket to give the Hornets a 31-16 lead at the 5:46 mark of the first half.

Delaware State led 42-22 at the break.

The Hornets opened up a 70-39 lead on a bucket by Bennett with 9:44 to go in the game. Peek-Green gave DSU its biggest (79-43) on a lay-up with 4:52 left.

In addition to a season high point total, the Hornets also recorded season-bests in three-point field goals (11), rebounds (42) and assists (18).

Delaware State will play the second of three straight home games on Saturday against Coastal Carolina. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

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