Late Night Snacks: No. 2 Duke rolls, freshmen step up for Florida State, Georgetown

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GAME OF THE DAY: Delaware State 77, Penn 75 (OT)

Just one game went to overtime Saturday and this was it, with the Hornets forcing the extra session after trailing by eight with 6:30 remaining in regulation. DeAndre Haywood finished the game with a team-high 23 points for Delaware State, and he also accounted for five rebounds, four assists and four steals on the afternoon. Tony Hicks paced the Quakers with 31 points, but Penn failed to win their home opener despite rebounding 47.7% of their missed shots.


1. No. 2 Duke 109, Fairfield 59

One night after ripping apart Presbyterian, Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils did the same to a Fairfield team that hung around for most of the first half. Justise Winslow led the way for Duke with 18 points, and in total four starters scored in double figures for the Blue Devils. Duke shot 64.5% from the field and 55 percent of their made field goals were assisted.

2. Florida State 81, Manhattan 66

The Seminoles got off to a slow start against the defending MAAC tournament champions, but thanks in large part to the boost provided by their freshmen took control of things late in the first half. Freshmen Robbie Berwick (11 points) and Phil Cofer (four points, six rebounds) and sophomore Dayshawn Watkins (three points, three steals) factored into a 19-1 run that turned a four-point deficit into a 14-point lead for the home team. Six players finished the game in double figures for Florida State, which limited Manhattan to 28.6% shooting from the field.

3. Georgetown 83, St. Francis-Brooklyn 62

The big development in this win was the play of freshman L.J. Peak, who shot 9-for-9 from the field and finished with a game-high 23 points. D’Vanutes Smith-Rivera scored just eight points, but the preseason Big East Player of the Year dished out six assists with just one turnover.


1. L.J. Peak (Georgetown) 

23 points (9-for-9 FG) and three assists in the Hoyas’ 83-62 win over St. Francis-Brooklyn.

2. Obi Egemano (Oral Roberts) 

26 points, seven rebounds and four assists in ORU’s 77-68 win over Tulsa.

3. Jordan Mickey (LSU)

21 points (9-for-11 FG), six rebounds and six assists in the Tigers’ 93-82 win over Gardner-Webb.


1. Ashton Moore (The Citadel) 

Shot 4-for-19 (1-for-11 3PT) from the field, scoring ten points in the Bulldogs’ 68-55 loss to Air Force.

2. Frank Eaves (Appalachian State)

Six points on 2-for-12 shooting to go along with five rebounds and four turnovers in the Mountaineers’ 73-47 loss at Ohio.

3. Carlton Allen (Manhattan)

Allen played just five minutes in the Jaspers’ 81-66 loss at Florida State, accounting for three rebounds and five fouls during his time on the court.


  • Derrick Walton Jr. scored 22 points, Zak Irvin 21 and Caris LeVert 20 to lead No. 24 Michigan to a 92-68 win over Hillsdale.
  • Year two at USC for Andy Enfield didn’t get off to the best of starts, as the Trojans fell 76-68 at home to Portland State.
  • John Brown returned to the court for High Point, scoring 19 points in a 74-62 win over UAPB at the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic.
  • Newcomer Stanton Kidd scored 19 points on just eight shots from the field in Colorado State’s 83-66 win over Montana.
  • Tyler Harris scored 23 points and LaDontae Henton added 21 to lead Providence to a 64-60 home win over Albany.
  • Butler shot a school-record 71.9% from the field in their 99-57 win over Maine. Roosevelt Jones was all over the stats sheet, accounting for 14 points, nine assists, four rebounds and two steals.
  • Chris Jans picked up a win in his regular season debut, leading Bowling Green to a 77-58 win at Drake. Jehvon Clarke scored 16 off the bench to lead the Falcons.
  • Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin scored 21 points apiece in LSU’s 93-82 win over Gardner-Webb. Also of note: newcomer guards Josh Gray and Keith Hornsby combined to score 35 points.

New Delaware State head coach fills out coaching staff

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New Delaware State head coach Keith Walker, whose interim tag removed in mid-April, has filled out his coaching staff with three hires being made official by the school on Thursday. Joining Walker at the MEAC school are assistants Keith Johnson, Kevin Washington and Alex Stone, with Johnson serving as the program’s assistant head coach.

“I’ve known Keith Johnson for more than 25 years, and have a great deal of admiration for his knowledge of the game,” Walker said in the release. “He has been mentored by two of the greatest coaches of our time in Hall-of-Famer John Chaney of Temple and “Fang” Mitchell at Coppin State. Keith’s knowledge of the MEAC, along with his recruiting ties in the Delaware Valley and Mid-Atlantic regions, will greatly benefit our program.”

Johnson spent the last 13 years at Coppin State, and the hiring of Washington is another move that catches the eye. Prior to moving up to the Division I ranks Washington was the head coach at Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina, and two of the players he coached during his time there are John Wall and T.J. Warren.

While getting players of that caliber to the MEAC school would be a stretch, maybe connections forged there can help the Hornets on the recruiting trail as they look to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005.

Delaware State fires head coach Greg Jackson after 14 seasons

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After finishing the 2012-13 season with an 8-8 record in MEAC play, Delaware State was picked by the coaches to finish seventh in the 13-team league. Unfortunately for the Hornets things haven’t worked out to this point in the season, as they’re 0-6 in conference play and 4-15 overall.

With this being the case the administration has decided to make a change, with the school firing head coach Greg Jackson.

Jackson, who leaves the school with a record of 200-216 in 14 seasons at the helm, will be replaced on an interim basis by assistant coach Keith Carter. Jackson ends his tenure at Delaware State just one win away from tying the school’s all-time wins mark.

Jackson led Delaware State to three MEAC regular season titles and a MEAC tournament title in 2005, resulting in the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance.

Since beating Gardner-Webb and Campbell in consecutive games to start the 2014 portion of the schedule Delaware State has lost five straight games, most recently losing to NJIT this past Monday night. The Hornets’ next two games are on the road, as they visit Morgan State on Saturday and Coppin State Monday night.

h/t Jeff Borzello