DOVER, Del- Delaware State travels to Big East country to take on red-hot Pittsburgh. The Hornets (5-6) are coming off an 80-76 overtime loss at Penn State on Saturday.
The defeat snapped a two-game win streak and marked the second straight overtime contest for DSU. In the Penn State loss, the Hornets led 76-73 after a three-pointer by Tyshawn Bell (so.) with 1:13 left in the overtime, but the Nittany Lions scored the last seven points of the game to earn the win. Junior Casey Walker was high scorer for Delaware State with a season-high 24 points. Walker's performance included five three-point field goals. Bell came off the bench to add 15 points, matching his season high. He had three three-point baskets in the contest. A.J. Thomas (jr.) had career-highs of 13 points and six assists for the Hornets at Penn State.
Pittsburgh (10-1) brings a six-game win streak into the contest. The Panthers are coming off an 89-40 win over Delaware State's fellow Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference member Bethune-Cookman on Saturday. Pitt was 37-for-55 from the field (67.3%) and outrebounded Bethune-Cookman 40-11. J.J. Moore led four Pittsburgh players in double figures with 18 points. Steven Adams tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers. Despite its record, Pitt is not ranked in the latest Associated Press or USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls, although its receiving votes in each poll.
DSU vs. PITT (PSU leads 3-0)
The Hornets and Panthers are meeting for the fourth time. The teams last met on Dec. 8, 2010 at the Peterson Events Center. Pittsburgh, then ranked No. 3 in the country, posted a 70-42 win. Delaware State also fell to Pitt 67-50 in 2007. The teams first met in the 1980-81 season. Pittsburgh won that contest 86-48.