It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Savannah State Tigers (9-22) couldn’t beat the Delaware State Hornets (16-16) in the opening round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament. 

The Tigers were the 12th-ranked, and lowest, seed in the MEAC tournament with the Hornets ranked fifth. In the two previous games between the teams this season, Delaware State came out on the winning end 59-50 on January 19 and 64-58 on March 9.

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No Freebies for Tigers

Believe it or not, Savannah State didn’t make a single free throw the entire game. However, you can’t really blame the players, because the Tigers never even attempted a charity stripe throw in the game. Delaware State did a much better job of limiting fouls – Savannah State committed 19 fouls while the Hornets were called for just seven. Delaware State went 11-20 (55 percent) in their free throw attempts with Tyshawn Bell leading the team making all six of his attempts.

Savannah State Top Performers

Alante Fenner led Savannah State with 15 points as he finished 7-13 (53.8 percent) in 23 minutes. He was the only starter for the Tigers to finish in double figures, but he wasn’t the only player on the team to accomplish that. Backup Demarcus Bryant added 11 points, with nine of them coming from beyond the arc in 15 minutes. Brian Pearson led all Tigers with 10 total rebounds in 23 minutes of playing time and Terel Hall led the team with six assists in 27 minutes of game time.

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Delaware State Top Performers

Three Hornets finished the game with at least 10 points. Amere May led all scorers with 26 points, going 11-18 from the field (61.1 percent) 2-5 from three-point range (40 percent) and two late-game free throws to go along with his six rebounds and one steal. Tyshawn Bell added 14 points in 37 minutes on the court. Todd Hughes may have “only” scored 11 points, but he was a perfect on 5-of-5 shooting for the night. Kendall Gray was the big man on defense this game as he pulled down 12 rebounds (10 defensive, 2 offensive) and also recorded four blocked shots to go along with his eight points.

Delaware State advances to the second round of the MEAC Tournament where they will face the fourth-seeded Howard.

 

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Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist. From an early age, sports have played a major role in his life. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism. After college he spent 2 years working with CNN Sports and still occasionally writes sports articles for several publications both in the United States and Canada. His work can be found on Examiner.com.