Roundup: Hornet men, women hoop teams swept at Savannah State

Savannah State shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the second half to highlight a 94-79 win over Delaware State in a MEAC men’s basketball contest at Tiger Arena on Monday evening.

The Hornets (2-4 MEAC, 5-16 overall) dropped their fourth straight game while the Tigers (5-2, 8-12) won their fourth in a row.

Delaware State led 43-41 at the half, but was outscored 53-36 in the final 20 minutes.

Savannah State connected on 16 of its 27 second half shots (59.3 percent), including seven three-pointers on 16 attempts (43.8 percent). The Tigers entered the contest as the MEAC’s top scoring team at 85.2 points per game.

Devin Morgan, coming off the bench for the first time this season, was Delaware State’s top scorer with 16 points, highlighted by four three-pointers. Artem Tavakalyan added 15 points for the Hornets.

WOMEN, Savannah State 64, Delaware State 57: The loss gives DSU a split of its two-game road swing and drops the Hornets to 2-17 overall and 1-4 in the MEAC.

The Tigers won their fourth in a row to improve to 6-13 overall and 4-3 in the MEAC.

Delaware State’s NaJai Pollard finished the game with her 12th double-double of the season. She had a game-high 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Mikah Aldridge added 12 points, including three three-pointers.

Pollard honored again: Delaware State sophomore forward NaJai Pollard was named the MEAC Player of the Year after averaging a double-double of 24.5 points and 15.0 rebounds, to go along with 3.0 assists and 3.5 blocks.

It was the second straight week she won the award.

For the season, Pollard is first in the MEAC in scoring (18.9 points per game) and rebounds (9.9 rebounds per game). Pollard has earned a total of six MEAC weekly honors this season, with four MEAC Player of the Week selections and two MEAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Daly wins another CAA award: Delaware freshman guard Ryan Daly picked up his fourth CAA Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week award on Monday.

Daly averaged 24.0 points and 6.5 rebounds while leading the Blue Hens in scoring during both games, knocking down 8-of-13 three-point attempts and hitting all 10 of his free throws.

Daly now has six 20-point games on the season, the most by a UD freshman. He has led the Hens in scoring during eight of the last 10 games, and has paced the team in rebounding in seven of the last nine contests.

With his four rookie award, Daly is tied for the most in school history along with Alphonso Dawson (2007-08), Devon Saddler (2010-11) and Jarvis Threatt (2011-12).

UD’s Enabosi honored by CAA: Delaware sophomore Nicole Enabosi garnered CAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades on Monday.

Enabosi, who has posted five straight games with a double-double, averaged 19.0 points and 12.5 rebounds to lead the Blue Hens to wins over Northeastern and Charleston. She also shot 70.0 percent from the floor, connecting on 14 of the 20 shots she took.

Enabosi is the first Blue Hen since Christina Rible (2000-01) to register at least five straight games with a double-double.

Boys’ basketball

St. Thomas More 57, Wildwood Catholic 51: Elias Revelle netted 20 points as the Ravens picked up the win at Widener University on Sunday.

In a back-and-forth contest, The Ravens outscored Wildwood 13-8 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

The victory was the seventh in a row for St. Thomas More (10-3), which also got 12 points from Greg Bloodsworth and 10 from Eric Montanez.

College football

Dottin-Carter leaves UD for UConn: Dennis Dottin-Carter, who was Delaware’s interim head football coach for the last five games of the 2016 season, has been hired as the defensive line coach at Connecticut.

Dottin-Carter was with the Blue Hens as an assistant coach for the past four seasons. He’d been retained by new Delaware head coach Danny Rocco.

“Coach Dott served the University of Delaware football program well during his years as a Blue Hen,” said Rocco. “He was an asset to me and to my staff as we transitioned into the program. We wish him well as he pursues his goals.”

Dottin-Carter coached five All-Colonial Athletic Association selections during his career, including current Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Zach Kerr and 2014 CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year Blaine Woodson. The Hens ranked in the national Top 25 in run defense in 2015.

College bowling

DSU second in tourney: The Delaware State bowling team lived up to its No. 12 national ranking with a strong performance at the Kutztown Invitational, which featured a total of 17 nationally-ranked teams.

The Hornets were second in the 28-team field with a 12-3 overall record and a total pinfall of 16,026. DSU was one win away from capturing the tournament crown, holding a 3-0 lead over No. 4 Vanderbilt in Sunday’s best-of-seven championship match.

But the Commodores won the last four games to claim the title. Vandy won the decisive game seven 213-197.

The Hornets began the tournament by posting a perfect 6-0 record on Friday’s opening day. DSU’s opening-day success was highlighted by Baker victories over Vanderbilt and No. 9 Monmouth, and 1,000-point team scores in four of the six matches, including the last three.

Junior Amber MacLeod was Delaware State’s top individual performer with a total pinfall of 1,233 in six games for an average of 205.5, to rank 15th among all competitors. MacLeod topped the 200 mark in four games, with a high of 231.

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