Roundup: Hornet men defeat Coppin for first road win of season

Delaware State received 51 points from its bench to key a 71-67 victory over Coppin State in a MEAC con-test at the CSU Physical Education Complex on Monday evening.

The Hornets won their second straight, and first on the road this season, to improve to 6-20 overall and 4-7 in the MEAC. The Eagles fell to 6-18 and 4-8.

DelState was 0-15 on the road going into the game.

Aric Dickerson and DeAndre Haywood came off  the bench to lead DSU with 13 points each. Dickerson was 5-for-7 from the field, including 3-of-4 on three-point shots.

Devin Morgan led the Hornet starters with 10 points, while reserves Kavon Waller and Joseph Lewis added eight points each, and Todd Hughes chipped in with seven off the bench.

The Hornets missed six of 10 free throws in the final 42 seconds to give Coppin State a chance, but DSU forced the Eagles into five turnovers down the stretch to preserve its lead. It’s DelState’s second two-game winning streak of the season.

Delaware State was 28-for-57 from the field (49.1 percent), including 8-of-16 on three-point shots.

Delaware State led 60-58 when Jason Owens hit a baseline jumper off a feed from Haywood with 5:05 remaining.

The Eagles failed to score on their next three possessions, and the Hornets took advantage when Lewis converted a three-point play after a follow-up basket to give DSU a 65-58 lead with 2:36 left.

Morgan had three three-pointers to give him a team-leading 51 this season. He has at least one three-pointer in 22 straight games and in 24 of his 25 games this season.

Delaware State’s last win on an opponents’ home court was at Coppin State on Mar. 3, 2015.

WOMEN, Coppin State 84, Delaware State 79: The Hornets’ late rally came up short in their MEAC loss to the Eagles on Monday night.

Forward NaJai Pollard scored 14 of her career-high 26 points in the fourth quarter for DelState (4-7 ME-AC, 7-17 overall), which had only eight players available.

The Hornets dropped their fourth in a row for the second time this season, as well as losing their sixth straight to Coppin State, which snapped a four-game skid.

The Eagles led by as many as 18 on two separate occasions in the fourth quarter, Delaware State cut the Eagles’ lead down to three, 82-79, after Aaliyah Davis (Cape Henlopen) drained one of her career-high four three-pointers with five seconds left.

But Coppin State guard Amber Griffin nailed two free throws on the ensuing possession to seal the victory.
Pollard also had 12 rebounds for her team-leading fifth double-double of the season. She played the ma-jority of the second half with four fouls.

Davis poured in a career-high 20 points, along with eight boards and a game-high three steals.

DSU’s N’Kayah Kersey also scored in double figures (14), in addition to draining three three-pointers to push her career total to 86.

Despite losing the battle on the boards, DSU pulled down 47 rebounds, which was its third highest mark this season.

Boys’ basketball

Lindenwold, N.J. 63, St. Thomas More 56: Lindenwold outscored the Ravens, 22-6, in the fourth quarter to rally for the victory.

Zion Cole netted 17 points, including three three-pointers, while Corey Gordon and Elias Revelle added 11 apiece.

St. Thomas More (12-5) led 22-12 after the first quarter.

Girls’ basketball

Toms River North, N.J. 60, St. Thomas More 45: Toms River jumped out to a 14-5 first-quarterlead before handing the Ravens (12-2) their second loss of the season.

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