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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hornets Build Momentum For 1st Place Morgan State


In the Hornets locker room Head Coach Greg Jackson, Sr. held a motto as motivation stating Delaware State will finished 9th in the MEAC Conference standings.

So far the Hornets men's basketball game has won six of their last seven games heading into Wednesday's showdown with 1st place Morgan State here at home.

On the week of February 1st the Hornets practice nothing but defense. It didn't work vs North Carolina A&T but it worked the last three games. Come to think of it the defense has been been great ever since conference the defense was up to their standards.

The defense continued during their wins vs Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M when they started their four game home stead.

During the Hornets 67-50 win over Bethune-Cookman, they held the Wildcats to 42 percent from the field with their pressure defense. That defense intensity continued into their next game vs Florida A&M. Even though DSU didn't make a field goal in the last 2 minutes of the game the Hornets defense picked up big time especially when the Hornets forced FAMU to turned the ball on their last possession.

The Hornets went from zone defense to man-to-man defense in the last 14.2 seconds and it worked to perfection.

Now the Hornets will take on the highest scoring team in the MEAC Conference Morgan State. If the Hornets can contain Reggie Holmes and the rest of the Bears who knows they might have a blue print of what to expect in the MEAC Tournament. That will be music to coach Jackson's ears.

On Monday Morgan State suffered their first MEAC lost in nearly a year when South Carolina State's hot shooting contain the MEAC Champion Bears in a tough defeat.

Hopefully the Hornets can do something similar just like what South Carolina State did back on Monday.

Also the Hornets offense must continue to hit quality shots when it counts. Even though they only average 57 points a game they had been scoring in the 60s the last two games. The last time the hornets scored in the 70s was December 1, 2009 vs University and January 16 vs Bethune-Cookman.

If the Hornets can score in the 50s and 60s first before Morgan State do then the game will be theirs for the taking.