Winning streaks have been few and far between for the Delaware State men’s basketball team this season.
But the Hornets are on one right now. For only the second time all season, they’ve won back-to-back games.
They will have their work cut out for them if they want to stretch that streak to three, however.
Delaware State will square off against the top-two teams in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference this weekend. The Hornets host second-place Norfolk State (9-2 MEAC) today at 4 p.m. and first-place Hampton (10-2) on Monday at 7:30 p.m..
The Hornets upset Maryland Eastern Shore, 75-71, at home last Saturday before going on the road to Coppin State to earn a 71-67 victory on Monday.
The two-game stretch has pulled DelState out of the cellar of the MEAC standings and into 10th place. The Hornets have improved after a rough start to 4-7 in the conference and 6-20 overall.
Another encouraging sign for Delaware State is its top-five leading scorers this season are all underclassmen.
“I keep telling the players it’s a learning process,” said DSU coach Keith Walker. “The only way these kids can learn is to put them through the fire. We’ve been through some fire now. One thing I like about them is they won’t quit no matter what the circumstances are.”
Delaware State has not beat Norfolk State since Feb 15, 2012.
The Hornets downed Hampton both times the two teams met in the regular season last year. But Hampton defeated the Hornets in the MEAC Tournament to earn a spot in the NCAA tourney where the Pirates won their play-in game before falling to Kentucky.
Hampton returned four of its five starters from last year’s squad.
Wesley in the hunt
The Wesley College men’s basketball team goes into today’s regular-season finale with a chance to extend its season.
The Wolverines host St. Mary’s (8-9 CAC, 12-12 overall) at 3 p.m.
At the moment, Wesley (9-15 overall) is in a three-way tie with Marymount and Penn State-Harrisburg for the sixth and final spot in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. All three are 7-10 in the CAC.
The Wolverines would win a head-to-head tiebreaker with PSU-Harrisburg because it swept the season series. And, while it split with Marymount, the Saints have to play at first-place Christopher Newport (17-0 CAC) today at 4 p.m.
CR grad helps Widener to title
Freshman Aaron Green, a Caesar Rodney High product, anchored Widener University’s 400-freestyle relay to a winning and record-breaking time of 3:04.36 in the final event for the program’s 13th Middle Atlantic Conference championship last weekend.
In his first season, Green has set Widener school records in the 100-butterfly (51.49) and 100-backstroke (50.87).
Green was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Year for his role in four winning performances at the league championship meet. He won the 100-butterfly, the 100-backstroke and also swam on the winning 200-freestyle relay along with anchoring the 400. Green placed second in the 100-freestyle.
Green and the program’s 400 free relay squad are eligible for the NCAA Championships, which will take place in Greensboro, N.C. from March 16-19, after registering NCAA “B” cut times at the championship meet.
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