Local roundup: Hornets snap 3-game slide, top MEAC foe Coppin 70-60

Delaware State pulled away in the second half to post a 70-60 win over Coppin State and snap a three-game losing streak in MEAC men’s basketball on Monday night.

The Hornets (2-11 MEAC, 5-21 overall) only led by two at intermission before out-scoring the Eagles (6-8 MEAC, 7-22 overall) by a 42-34 margin after intermission.

Three players finished in double figures for DelState: Kevin Larkin (16 points), Jonathan Mitchell (15) and D’Marco Baucum (11). Larkin also pulled down 18 rebounds as the Hornets finished with a 46-35 edge on the boards.

The DSU road victory avenged a four-point loss to Coppin State earlier in the season.

The Hornets trailed by seven points earlier before going up by as many as 11 with 8:13 remaining.

WOMEN, Coppin State 85, Delaware State 59: The Eagles (3-11 MEAC, 3-23 overall) out-scored the Hornets by 12 points in the first quarter and by 10 points in the fourth before picking up just their third win of the season.

NaJai Pollard was limited to just nine points while playing only 26 minutes after getting in foul trouble. The DSU senior did have 10 rebounds.

Lanayjha Ashe netted a team-high 20 points for the Hornets (3-10 MEAC, 5-19 overall) while Yasmin Batch added 11.

DelState led for only 3:01 of the contest.

College track & field

Wesley shines in Boston: The Wesley College men’s and women’s track & field teams geared up for nationals at the weekend-long Boston University Last Chance Meet.

On the men’s side, Wesley had six top-10 finishes. Kai Cole picked up three top-10 finishes while Thomas Kalieta Jr. collected two top-10 finishes.

Cole placed second in the 60-meter dash (6.79 seconds). Cole and Kalieta placed 5-6 in the 200-meter dash. Cole finished in 21.40 seconds while Kalieta crossed the line in 21.43 seconds.

Both Cole and Kalieta obliterated the previous school record in the 200 meters of 21.54 seconds held by Anthony Simpson in 2016. Cole and Kalieta now rank first and second in the nation in the 200-meter dash. Both of their times were the fastest ran in Division III indoor track in over two years.

On the women’s side, Evelina Sloboh finished second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.61 seconds.

Downstaters among UD winners: Delaware posted 18 top-three finishes, including eight victories and one school record at this weekend’s Armory Last Chance Meet in New York City.

Seniors Carly Pettipaw (500m), Caesar Rodney High’s Jeanette Bendolph (800m) and Ashley Bailey (pole vault), along with freshman Danielle Rochester (60m), sophomore Susanna Weir (1000m), junior Stephanie Bazan (5000m), sophomore Myrissa McFolling-Young (shot put) from Smyrna and the 4×200 relay team all came away with wins at the meet.

College golf

Hens third in tourney: The Delaware women’s golf team is tied for third place while Thitaree Sakulbunpanich is tied for 10th following Monday’s second round of the Kiawah Island Spring Classic.

After the Blue Hens carded a 289 score on Sunday, Delaware followed with a 296 score on Monday to end the day tied for third place out of 49 teams. North Florida leads the field at 577, Coastal Carolina is second at 581, and the Blue Hens and College of Charleston are tied for third at 585.

Sakulbunpanich fired a 73 on the par 72, 5,941-yard Oak Point Golf Club course, and is tied for 10th place with a one over par 72-73-145. She posted three birdies on Monday while adding 13 pars.

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