DOVER, Del. -- Simon Okolue scored 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting, Artem Tavakalyan hit five 3-pointers and scored 22 points with four steals, and Delaware State held off Morgan State 87-80 on Thursday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Jonathan Mitchell scored 12 points for the Hornets (4-27, 2-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), who shot 55.4 percent from the field to split the season series with the Bears, who entered ranked seventh in the conference.
Saleik Edwards' 3 with 2 seconds left put the 13th-ranked Hornets up for good and gave Delaware State a 37-34 halftime lead.
Tavakalyan's 3 sparked a 12-2 run for a 19-point Hornets' advantage, but Phillip Carr's 3-point play sparked a 14-3 run and the Bears closed to 78-74 on Stanley Davis' layup with 1:57 left. The Hornets led by eight after a 5-1 run, but Carr's free throws cut it to 85-80 with 33 seconds to go before Okolue iced it with a dunk.
Sow scores 18 to lead UC Santa Barbara past Hawaii 79-61
Amadou Sow had 18 points and eight rebounds as UC Santa Barbara beat Hawaii 79-61 on Thursday night.
Ford leads Saint Mary's (Cal) past Pacific 58-32
Jordan Ford had 28 points as Saint Mary's rolled past Pacific 58-32 on Thursday night.
Ahmad carries Cal St.-Fullerton past UC Davis 62-58
Khalil Ahmad registered 15 points as Cal State Fullerton edged past UC Davis 62-58 on Thursday night.
|North Carolina A&T||9-3||2||14-12|
|North Carolina Central||8-5||3.5||13-14|
|South Carolina State||5-7||6||7-21|