DOVER, Del. — The South Carolina State men’s basketball team will resume Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) play Saturday (Dec. 6) against host Delaware State at Memorial Hall.
The game’s original time was changed due to bad weather from a snow storm earlier this week. Both schools agreed to a 5 p.m. tip-off for the women’s contest, and 7 p.m. start for the men’s game. The contest was originally set to begin at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.
Both teams enter the contest after suffering tough defeats in conference-opening play on Wednesday. The Bulldogs fell short, 80-86, in a tough decision to Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, while the Hornets dropped a heartbreaker to the MEAC’s defending champion North Carolina Central, 65-62 at home.
For S.C. State, senior guard James "J.J." Richardson poured in a game-high 20 points, while sophomore forward Damani Applewhite chipped in 19 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs (4-12 overall, 0-1 MEAC).
DSU (2-14 overall, 0-1 MEAC) had three players in double figures with Artem Tavakalyan leading the way with a team-high 15 points. Kavon Waller added 13 points and Pinky Wiley finished with 10 points for the Hornets.
“Preparing for Delaware State you can very easily see on film they are way better than their record indicates. Like most teams in the MEAC they have played a very tough out-of-conference schedule,” Bulldogs head coach Murray Garvin said. “We will have to execute against a very tough zone defense that has changed from possession to possession. Coach Walker and his staff do an outstanding job of getting the most out of their guys.
“Like all MEAC games, we expect it to be decided in the last 5 minutes of the game. We will be ready to play and look forward to a hard-fought contest.”
Wright leads South Carolina State in scoring at 15.2 ppg, while Applewhite is the leader in the frontcourt at 11.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per outing.
The Hornets are led by Kobe Gantz with 13.5 points and 5.2 rebounds, while Tavakalyan and Simon Okolue average a little more than 10 points per game.
Lady Bulldogs want to end
losing skid on the road
DOVER, Del.—The South Carolina State women's basketball team will look to turn things around Saturday (Dec. 6th) on the road against host Delaware State in a 5 p.m. tip-off at Memorial Arena.
S.C. State (5-8 overall, 0-1 MEAC) would like to snap a three-game losing skid, after suffering a tough 68-50 loss in their MEAC opener against Bethune-Cookman. Junior guard Kemoni Jenkins led the Lady Bulldogs with a team-high 14 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
Meanwhile, DSU (1-13 overall, 0-1 MEAC) also suffered a loss in its league opener against N.C. Central 67-74 at home. Najai Pollard tossed in a game-high 21 points for the Hornets.
Graduate guard Bryeasha Blair leads S.C. State (12.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.2 apg). She is supported by junior forward/guard Kyeshia Lewis (10.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg), the top three-point shooter on the team (20-46, .435 pct.), and junior guard Kemoni Jenkins (10.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg), the team's leader in steals with 24.
The Hornets are led by Pollard with 18.0 points per game, while Lanayjha Ashe is second with 10.4 ppg. Keke Baker is the leader on the boards with 6.4 rebounds per game.