A solid second half on the defensive end gave the Delaware State Hornets their fourth consecutive win 56-45 over Morgan State.
Coming off back-to-back overtime wins, the Hornets are riding their longest winning streak since the 2014-2015 season. This victory has Delaware State back to .500 in the MEAC at 6-6.
The Hornets trailed at the half 23-18 but held Morgan State to just 25 percent from the field in the second half. Demola Onifade anchored the paint for the Hornets blocking a career-high five shots.
Overall the Bears were 15-61 from the floor on the day and struggled from three, shooting just 18 percent in the second half and 30 percent overall. Tiwian Kendley was the only Bear in double figures with 17 points on 5-12 shooting.
“I thought our defensive effort was outstanding all game long,” said Delaware State head coach Keith Walker. “The defense, along with better protection of the ball in the second half and free throw shooting down the stretch were the difference in the game.”
Delaware State shot 20-25 from the line and a blazing 8-8 from Devin Morgan, who also had a game high 18 points. Only two Morgan State players got to the line all game, posting 9-17.
Morgan State outscored the Hornets 8-4 to open the second half, increasing their lead to nine. Delaware State proceeded to rattle off a 9-0 run capped off by a DeVaughn Mallory slam to tie the game with 13:45 remaining.
The Bears battled back to regain the lead, but a DeAndre Haywood jumper put the Hornets up for good.
Kavon Waller scored six of his nine points and capped of another Delaware State run to put the Hornets up 39-35 with 9:31 remaining. The Bears were able to cut the lead down to a two point deficit, but Artem Tavakalyn converted on a three-point play followed by a Morgan corner three to put the game away.
The Bears had opportunities to climb back into the game but could not capitalize. Morgan State had 18 offensive rebounds but managed just 11 second chance points.
Turnovers for the Hornets plagued them in this game with 20 turnovers to just nine assists. Stout defense with eight steals, six blocks and forcing 14 turnovers helped propel Delaware State to another MEAC win.