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Courtesy DSU Athletic Media Relations
Sat, February 23, 2019

Dover, Del. (Feb. 24, 2019) --- Delaware State led by eight points with seven minutes left to play, but faltered down the stretch in a 62-56 loss to Maryland-Eastern Shore in a MEAC men’s basketball contest in Memorial Hall today. DSU was outscored 15-1 in the final four minutes of the contest.  

The Hornets lost their third straight game and fourth in a row to MDES to fall to 4-21 overall and 1-11 in the MEAC this season. The Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 5-24 and 3-11.

The loss overshadowed a career performance by Delaware State senior Saleik Edwards, who led all players with 23 points, highlighted by seven three-point field goals, each a personal best.

The seven threes by Edwards also marked a single-game high for the Hornets this season and were the most by a DSU player since Kavon Waller tied the school record with eight in a 2016-17 contest.    

MDES led 47-46 before Edwards scored nine straight points on three three-pointers to give Delaware State its biggest lead of the game. His third three-ball gave the Hornets a 55-47 lead with 7:15 left to play.

DSU scored just one point the rest of the way, on a free throw by D’Marco Baucum to tie the game at 56-56 with 1:15 remaining.

Maryland-Eastern Shore took the lead for good when Canaan Bartley hit two free throws with 1:04 left.

The Hornets committed a turnover on the ensuing possession, and the Hawks took advantage when Bartley scored on a tip-in to give the visitors a 60-56 lead with 18 seconds left in the game.

After a Delaware State miss on its next possession, Bartley sealed the win for MDES with two free throws with eight ticks remaining.

Kevin Larkin added 19 points for Delaware State, while Taylor Isaac was high man for Maryland-Eastern Shore with 18 on nine-of-14 shooting from the field. Bartley tallied 10 points for the Hawks, highlighted by six-for-six shooting at the free throw line.

Delaware State led 28-24 at the half, but was outscored 38-28 in the final 20 minutes.

The Hornets return to action on Monday with a MEAC game Coppin State. Start time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Baltimore, Md.