Aggies’ hot shooting sinks Hornets 93-70

Saleik Edwards of DSU drives toward the basket and gets fouled by North Carolina A&T’s Qua Copeland. (Special to the Delaware State News)

DOVER — The three-pointers seemingly never stopped coming from North Carolina A&T.

And the Delaware State men’s basketball team will have to wait another game for its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory.

The Aggies made 14 threes and shot 61 percent from behind the arc in a 93-70 win over the Hornets on Saturday afternoon. DelState dropped to 0-3 in the MEAC (3-13 overall) while North Carolina A&T moved to 2-0 in conference and 7-9.

Terry Harris led the way for North Carolina A&T with a game-high 25 points. Harris shot 7-of-11 from three, with six made three-pointers in the first half alone.

Quavius Copeland followed with 22 points and went 6-of-8 on his three-point attempts.

“They shot the cover off the ball,” said DSU coach Eric Skeeters. “It’s unbelievable how well they shot the ball. Credit to them for making shots and it was more than one guy.”

Delaware State kept pace with the hot-shooting Aggies for most of the first half.

Delaware State’s Ronald Lucas drives in for a layup against NC A&T. (Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

The Hornets used a 9-0 run to take a 25-22 with less than 10 minutes until halftime. But it was all Aggies after that.

North Carolina A&T went on a 15-2 run sparked by back-to-back threes from Harris. Copeland made one of his own and North Carolina A&T built a 48-33 lead at halftime.

Harris hit his final three-pointer with 16:16 left in the game which extended North Carolina A&T’s advantage to 20 points for the first time.

“We still got to put 40 minutes together on both of ends of the floor,” Skeeters said. “If you do it on one end, it’s got to carry over to the other end.”

Pinky Wiley paced the Hornets with 18 points and six assists. He shot 7-of-13 from the floor and made three three-pointers.

Ameer Bennet contributed 17 points for DelState while Kevin Larkin and Jonathan Mitchell each scored nine.

WOMEN, North Carolina A&T 67, Delaware State 47: The Aggies out-scored Delaware State 22-6 in the final quarter to pull away and drop DSU to 0-3 in MEAC play.

Lanayjha Ashe led the Hornets with 16 points, she also had four rebounds, three assists and one block.

NaJai Pollard added eight points, and a game high 15 rebounds, two assists and one block.

Delaware State shot 14-of-55 (25.5 percent) from the field, 8-of-22 (36.8 percent) on three-point attempts, and 11-of-16 (68.8 percent) from the free throw line.

 


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