Raysor scores career-best 23 in Hornets’ loss to FAMU

Delaware State News photos/Marc Clery

DOVER — Dana Raysor had himself a career day for the Delaware State University men’s basketball team on Saturday.

But Raysor’s hot shooting didn’t carry over to the rest of the team.

The Hornets wasted a career-high 23 points from Raysor and fell to Florida A&M 81-68 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference contest. It is the fifth-straight loss for DSU after it had won its first two games of MEAC play.

Delaware State led by six points at halftime but allowed the Rattlers to score 55 points in the second half.

“We had better intensity in the first half,” Raysor said. “We were up in the second half then we just coasted. We didn’t play with the same urgency as we did in the first half.”

“It seemed like there was a lack of focus in the second half,” said DSU coach Keith Walker. “The intensity just wasn’t there. I thought Florida A&M out-hustled us. I thought we hit a lull for like an eight to nine minute stretch in the second half where we were just coasting.”

Raysor knocked down six three-pointers on his way to 23 points. He was the only Hornet with any real success from beyond the arc.

As a team, DSU shot 41 threes. The Hornets only hit 11 of those attempts, five of which were by someone other than Raysor.

“That’s abnormal for us,” Walker said. “We kept telling our guys to get to the basket and to run sets for inside guys. But we kept settling for threes. Our attack wasn’t balanced. We took too many three-pointers and I’m disappointed in that.”

Delaware State was up by as much as nine but Florida A&M chipped away and eventually took the lead, 46-45, on a Marcus Barham three-pointer with 12:07 left.

DeAndre Haywood hit a pair of free throws to briefly give the lead back to the Hornets but the Rattlers scored the next six points to go on top 53-47 with 7:28 remaining.

The Hornets still have not won a MEAC matchup at home. Both their wins were on the road, at North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central.

Those two teams will be visiting Dover this week. North Carolina Central comes to DSU on Monday (7:30 p.m.) and North Carolina A&T will meet the Hornets on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.).

“You want to protect your home court so it’s hard,” Raysor said. “We still have a lot of growth to do. Hopefully we can win the next two home games and get back on track.”

“It’s going to be tough climbing out of this hole,” Walker said. “We have to build some consistency for 40 minutes and get back to winning games.”

Haywood and Kavon Waller each finished with 15 points for DelState (2-5 MEAC, 5-17 overall).

Florida A&M was led by Desmond Williams and Derrick Dandridge who each netted 17 points. Barham added 16 for the Rattlers (3-4 MEAC, 5-15 overall).

WOMEN, Florida A&M 65, Delaware State 56: The Hornets dropped their 18th game of the year and second in a row.

Florida A&M was paced by Dawn King’s 13 points and Shakerrya  Morrison who netted nine points and grabbed nine rebounds.

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