No. 20 Statesmen defeat Argos
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PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 20 Statesmen of Delta State University continue to dominate in conference play as they defeated the Argos of West Florida, 71-57, Saturday.

The Green-and-White improved to 16-2 on the season and 9-1 in conference play, while the Argos fall to 3-13 overall and 2-8 in league play.

The matchup was level throughout the start of the opening half before the Statesmen ran away with the score.

Leading 15-8 at the 12:23 mark, goals from Willie Readus, Alister Chisolm, and Devin Schmidt put the Green-and-White up 21-17 with under eight-minute left to play.

Delta State continued to find the bottom of the net as they went into the locker room leading the Argos 34-29. Readus was the difference maker in the first half as he led both teams with 16 points at the half. UWF's defense held Schmidt to a narrow four points in the first half. The Statesmen shot a whopping 54.5 percent from the field to take the advantage over West Florida.

Out of the break, the Argos made a comeback. West Florida inched within three points of the Statesmen as they took advantage of DSU turnovers.

An Argo basket at the 14:58 mark deadlocked the game at 39-39. The Statesmen regained the lead, 43-39, on made free throws from Schmidt and a driving layup from Jack Madgen.

Baskets from Readus and Schmidt extended the DSU lead to six, 50-43, with 9:23 left in the game. The largest lead of the night was held by DSU, as they led 71-57 with under a minute to play. Delta State held on to defeat the Argos, 71-57, to preserve its number one spot at the top of the Gulf South Conference.

Readus and Schmidt guided the Statesmen to the win over West Florida with 23 points and 20 points respectively. Readus has scored in double figures every game this season. Cornel Knight and Mike Washington added 10 points each to join Readus and Schmidt in double figures.

Delta State shot 57.5 percent from the field, outshooting West Florida's 43.6 field goal percentage.

Nate Johnson and Terrence Townes led West Florida with 19 points each in the loss. Johnson and Townes accounted for 67-percent of the team's offense. Johnson finished the night at 7-for-9 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free throw line. He also had seven rebounds and added four steals. Townes went 8-for-16 from the field and added four rebounds and three assists.

West Florida continues its season at home next week when they take on conference opponents Valdosta State Tuesday and Lee Thursday.

The Statesmen will return home to Walter Sillers Coliseum on Thursday to seek redemption as they take on the Tigers of West Alabama, the only conference loss Delta State has faced this season. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.