Mallory leads Hornet men in victory over Bethune-Cookman

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — DeVaughn Mallory came off the bench to post team-highs of 20 points and eight rebounds to lead Delaware State to an 88-82 overtime win over Bethune-Cookman in MEAC men’s basketball on Saturday.

DeAndre Haywood also passed the 1,000-point mark for his career as the Hornets (4-6 MEAC, 7-18 overall) won their second game in a row for only the second time this season. The Wildcats dropped their fourth game in a row to fall to 1-7, 4-18.

Haywood scored 17 points in the contest, including the 1,000th of his career on a three-point shot to give the Hornets a 15-8 lead with 12:43 left in the first half. He now has 1,011 points at DSU.

Mallory (Polytech) came off the bench to tally a career-high 20 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the field. He also hit four free throws on five attempts and led the Hornets with eight rebounds.

Mallory’s previous scoring high was 18 points vs. Keystone on Dec. 10. The sophomore forward has hit 20 shots in 24 attempts (83.3 percent) since returning to action after missing seven games due to a calf injury.

Devin Morgan added 16 points, highlighted by four three-pointers (4-for-8), while Dana Raysor contributed 13 points (3-for-6 on three-pointers; 4-for-4 FTs) and Kavon Waller had 12 for the Hornets.

With the contest tied 71-71 at the end of regulation, the Hornets scored eight of the first 10 points of the overtime, including back-to-back three-pointers by Morgan, to open up a 79-73 lead.

DSU opened up its biggest lead of the extra period, 85-77, when Raysor hit two free throws with 39 seconds left.

Delaware State led by as many as seven in the first half, but trailed 36-32 at halftime. The Wildcats’ lead was 71-66 with 2:02 remaining in regulation.

Raysor nailed a three-pointer and Waller scored on a dunk after a steal by Morgan to tie the score at 71-71 with 50 seconds on the clock.

Bethune-Cookman had the last second-half possession, but Brandon Tabb missed a lay-up attempt and Mallory grabbed the rebound for the Hornets.

Stingers

DSU’s Kavon Waller has at least one three-point field goal in 17 straight games. … Morgan has four-or-more three-pointers in 11 games this season. … Haywood had four steals to give him a MEAC-high 38 this season.

WOMEN, Bethune-Cookman 72, Delaware State 58: After a close first half, the Wildcats opened up a 14-point lead going into the fourth quarter and the Hornets got within 10 the rest of the way.

NaJai Pollard recorded her 15th double-double of the season for DelState (2-8 MEAC, 3-20 overall). She led all scorers with 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Mikah Aldridge finished with 16 points, tying her career high with five made three-pointers.

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