DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.- Delaware State shot better than 60 percent for the second straight game en route to a 79-67 MEAC win over Bethune-Cookman at Moore Gym on Saturday. The Hornets have won a season-high three games in a row to improve to 7-17 overall and 3-8 in conference play.
DSU was 25-for-41 from the field (61%), including 11-of-20 from three-point territory (55%). The Hornets also knocked down 18-of-20 free throws (90%). The 11 three-pointers marked a season high for the team.
Delaware State has hit 51 of 82 shots from the floor (62.2%) in the last two games. The Hornets were 26-for-41 from the field in their previous game, a 79-59 win over Savannah State last Monday.
Tyshawn Bell matched his career-high with 21 points to lead all scorers. Bell has tallied 61 points in the last three games to improve his season average to a team-high 12.1 points per game. He also grabbed 10 rebounds in the contest to record his second career double-double.
DeAndre Haywood recorded a career-high for the second straight game, collecting 17 points.
Kendal Williams added 15 points on six-of-nine shooting from the field, including three-of-six from beyond the arc.
Kendall Gray recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
“The guys executed extremely well on offense, but we were also pretty solid on defense for much of the game as well,” said Delaware State interim head coach Keith Walker, who improved to 3-2 since being appointed to the position on Jan. 30. “I’m also proud of the way Kendall (Gray) and Tyshawn (Bell) rebounded today. Their rebounding helped set up a lot of our scoring opportunities in the game.”
Hornets outrebounded BCU 28-21 in the contest.
Bethune-Cookman led 26-21 before the Hornets took control of the game. Haywood drained a three-pointer and Gray had an old fashioned three-point play on back-to-back DSU possessions to tie the game at 27-27.
The Hornets outscored the Wildcats 8-2 in the last 2:28 of the first half to grab a 35-31 lead at the break.
DSU was 12-for-22 (54.3%) from the field in the first half, including eight-of-13 from beyond the arc (61.5%). Casey Walker came off the bench to lead the Hornets with nine first half points. Haywood had eight points and Gray seven in the first 20 minutes.
Delaware State started strong in the second half. The Hornets scored the first eight points of the half, and opened up a 43-31 lead on a three-pointer by Williams with 16:42 left to play. Bell had five points during the spurt.
After a Bethune-Cookman basket broke the spurt, the Hornets scored 10 of the next 13 points to stretch their lead. Williams capped off the run with another three-ball to give DSU a 53-36 lead with 13:43 remaining in the game.
The Wildcats responded with a 13-2 run, and pulled to within 55-49 on a basket by Malik Jackson with 9:22 on the second half clock.
Delaware State led 60-54 before pulling away for good.
Baskets by Williams and Bell, and three-pointer by Haywood on consecutive possessions gave the Hornets a 67-54 lead with 4:51 left.
The Hornets had two 18-point leads in the closing moments, the last on a spectacular alley-oop dunk from Gray to Bell for a 77-59 score with 1:47 remaining in the game.
Jackson led three Bethune-Cookman players in double figures with 19 points. The Wildcats fell to 6-22 overall and the 4-9 in the MEAC
DSU will return to action on Monday at Florida A&M. Game time is 7:30 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla.