Local college roundup: Hornets’ rally falls barely short in 74-68 loss to Pittsburgh

Delaware State whittled a 27-point first-half deficit to just two in the final minute before falling to Pittsburgh, 74-68, in men’s basketball on Tuesday night.

Senior guard Jonathan Milligan had 13 points, including a pair of clutch free throws with 15.1 second remaining as Pitt held off the Hornets’ second-half charge.

The Panthers (7-5) led by as many as 27 in the first half and by 22 at halftime, but their lead slipped away in the second half as Pitt went just 8-of-23 (.348) from the field after intermission.

DelState (2-11) threw a steady dose of mix and match defenses to cool off the Panthers, who had hit 8-of-16 from three-point range in the first half. Pitt went just 5-of-19 from beyond the arc after the break.

A corner three-pointer by Hornets’ forward Artem Tavakalyan cut the Pitt lead to only 70-68 with 22.1 seconds remaining, but Milligan made both free throws at the other end to restore a two-possession lead.

Junior Jared Wilson-Frame also had 13 points for Pitt, while freshman Khameron Davis finished with 10. Davis came up big in the final 90 seconds of action, recording a block and a steal on one end of the floor before knocking down a three-pointer from the left corner to give the Panthers a 67-61 lead with 53 second remaining.

Kavon Waller knocked down five three-point field goals and scored 17 points, while Pinky Wiley added 16 points and seven assists for the Hornets.

WOMEN, Wesley 66, St. Elizabeth 61: In a game that saw five ties and 15 lead changes, the Wolverines took the lead for good when Stacey O’Neale buried a three-pointer to give Wesley a 61-60 advantage with 3:11 remaining.

Two Tiyanna Gibbs’ field goals and free throws by O’Neale late in the game put the game on ice for the Wolverines.

O’Neale finished with a career-high 29 points on 9-of-11 shooting from three-point range. Her nine threes were a school record, the previous record of seven held by Kim Smith (1999-00).

Gibbs added 12 points with nine rebounds, three assists and a steal. Shelby Johnson pulled down a season-best 14 rebounds with nine points.

College football

Hens’ Kern honored: Delaware senior center Brody Kern earned a spot on the STATS NCAA Football Championship Subdivision All-American team.

A four-year starter for the Blue Hens, Kern was selected as a third-team All-American.

Kern is the first UD player to earn All-American notice by STATS since tight end Nick Boyle was honored in 2014. He is the first true center from Delaware honored since Kheon Hendricks earned All-American recognition by two different organizations following the 2008 campaign.

College baseball

Hornets sign four: Delaware State baseball coach J.P. Blandin has announced that four high school seniors have taken advantage of the early signing period to accept offers from DSU.

The future Hornets are: LHP/OF Austin Warrington (St. Mark’s High); RHP C.J. Loper (Middletown); RHP Jeremy Carrow (Smyrna); and INF/C/RHP Amani Stevens (Randallstown, Md.).

Carrow was 2-2 with a 1.62 earned run average, while striking out 71 batters and walking just 16 as a junior at Smyrna last season.

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