DOVER, Del.- The Delaware State University Hornets will be taking on NCAA Division III Baptist Bible College for the first time Monday night at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall in Dover, Del.
The Hornets (1-5) are trying to snap a five-game skid, including a 65-55 loss at Buffalo in their last outing. DSU trailed 32-25 at the half, but pulled to within 34-33 on a lay-up by junior Kendal Williams following a steal from junior Tyshawn Bell with 15:42 left to play.
Buffalo answered with an 8-0 run, and opened up a 42-33 lead on a three-pointer with 12:29 remaining. Delaware State trailed 46-40 after a lay-up by Gray and a three-point shot by A.J. Thomas on consecutive possessions with eight-and-a-half minutes left to play. Buffalo was able to hold off the Hornets in the second half with the help of free throw shooting. The Bulls were 13-for-20 at the line in the second half.
The Hornets went to the line six times- hitting five-in the final 20 minutes. Delaware State hung tough with the Bulls in the first half. The Hornets scored the first four points of the game, and used a 9-0 run to lead by four with less than eight minutes to go in the first half. Senior Jordan Lawson capped off the run with a lay-up off a feed by freshman Rakeen Brown to give the Hornets a 17-13 lead with 7:27 to go before halftime. Buffalo answered with a 9-0 run of its own, and pulled ahead 24-17 on a lay-in by Regan with 2:11 left in the opening period. Kendall Gray (jr.) was tops on the Hornets with a game-high 15 points. He was 7-for-11 from the field in the Buffalo contest. Freshman DeAndre Haywood came off the bench to add 11 for the Hornets. His performance was highlighted by 2-for-2 shooting from three-point territory. Williams tallied nine points and a team-high four assists in a reserve role for DSU.
Baptist Bible (3-2) has been idle since a 97-92 loss to Rochester Institute of Technology in the championship game of the RIT Tournament on Nov. 23. The Defenders led 48-43 at the half but were outscored 54-44 in the final 20 minutes. Sophomore Abe Valentine led four Baptist Bible players in double figures with a game-high 25 points. Valentine was eight-for-14 from the field, including four-of-eight from three-point territory, and perfect on five free throws. Senior Jordan Greve added 20 points for Baptist Bible in the Rochester contest (6-9 FGs; 4-7 3pt. FGs; 4-5 FTs).
The Defenders had won their previous two games. Valentine leads Baptist Bible in scoring at 18.6 points per game. Senior Luke Peterson is second on the team in scoring (18.4 ppg) and tops in rebounding at 6.4 per game.
Baptist Bible College, located in Clarks Summitt, Pa., is a member of the Colonial States Athletic Conference.