Statesmen rally to win
by Donell Maxie
Nov 28, 2012 | 766 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Delta State University Statesmen used strong defense and sharp shooting from three-point land to overcome a double-digit deficit and defeat the Concordia College Hornets 67-62 here Tuesday night at the Walter Sillers Coliseum.

The win improved the Statesmen to 2-2 while the Hornets fell to 0-9.

On the night, the Statesmen trailed 33-25 at halftime and by as many as 13 points during the game, but 50-percent shooting from three-point land and 64-percent shooting from the floor along with great defense, which has become the signature of first year head coach Jim Boone, were the key ingredients that led to the victory for the Statesmen.

In the second half, the Statesmen found themselves trailing the Hornets 46-40 after being behind earlier in the half by 10 points.

Off a Hornets' turnover, the Statesmen pushed the ball up and found Jack Madgen on the wing for an uncontested three-point bucket for a 46-43 game with 11:40 remaining.

The Statesmen were then able to pull to within one point off a steal from Ryan Fleming who passed the ball to a racing Lloyd Hickinson for the slam-dunk with 9:50 left on the clock and a 46-45 score.

Delta State took its first lead of the game when Cornell Knight missed a lay-up, but Terry Leake was there for the rebound and the put-back for a 47-46 lead.

The game would go back and fourth for the rest of the half, but really heated up when DSU's Mike Weems and Madgen hit back-to-back three point shots for a 60-55 lead.

Concordia's Jarod Lewis followed with a three and Marlon Ford scored a basket to tie the game at 60-60 with 2:01 remaining. Two free throws from Madgen made the score 62-60 and a three from Weems gave the Statesmen a 65-60 lead with 34 seconds left in the game. Concordia scored another basket, but two free throws from Leake secured the victory for the Statesmen.

Leake led the Statesmen with 23 points, followed by Madgen with a career high 18 points and Weems with a career high 17 points. Weems was also 5-of-7 shooting from three-point range.

Delta State will open Gulf South Conference play Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. against Christian Brothers at the Walter Sillers Coliseum.