dsumbb-640x400(MEAC Media Relations) NEWARK, Del. — Showing no ill effects from its nearly 10 thousand mile trip to Hawaii this week, the Delaware State men’s basketball team led from start to finish in a 66-53 win over Delaware at the Carpenter Center today.

Kendall Gray recorded his fourth straight double-double, tallying a career-high 21 points and 12 rebounds, both game highs, to lead the Hornets.

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Gray, who was nine-for-14 from the field, has hit 32 of his last 46 shots over the past five games (.696). He has six double-doubles this season and 18 in his career.

His previous career scoring high was 20 points vs. Norfolk State last season.

Delaware State was 23-for-54 from the field (42.6%), but just four-of-18 from three-point territory (22.2%). The Hens were 30.4% from the field, hitting on 17 of their 56 shots.

The Hornets won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Hens 45-34.

Delaware State won its second straight game at the Carpenter Center to cut Delaware’s lead in the all-time series between the state’s two Division I programs to 11-4. The road team has won each of the last four games in the series. The margin of victory was DSU’s largest in the series.

Delaware State has won two of its last three games to improve to 4-4 this season. Delaware fell to 0-7.

The Hornets are home for the first time since Nov. 17 when they host Campbell in their next outing this Wednesday (Dec. 10). Game time is 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

NCCU knocks off Howard in Big Apple Classic

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Anthony McDonald scored a game-high 21 points and Jordan Parks recorded his second straight double-double to lead North Carolina Central University to a convincing 61-39 victory in Sunday’s nightcap of the “Big Apple Classic” inside the Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.

The win is the fifth in-a-row for the Eagles, who improve to 6-3 overall and remain unbeaten in MEAC play at 2-0.

McDonald drained 7 of 15 three-point field goal attempts to help NCCU shoot 40.0 percent (10-for-25) from behind the arc as a team.

Parks, playing close to his hometown Queens, New York, scored 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting from the floor, while collecting 13 rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.

NCCU point guard Nimrod Hilliard tallied nine points and distributed eight assists, while Dante Holmes contributed nine points, six boards, three assists and two steals, and Karamo Jawara chipped in seven points and six caroms for the Eagles.

Howard (5-5, 1-1 MEAC) was topped by James Daniel with 14 points as the only Bison to score in double figures. The Eagles held Howard to just 29.5 percent shooting from the field, making 13 of 44 shot attempts.

Up next, NCCU visits the Maryland Terrapins (8-1) on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

MEAC Media Relations