By James Vallone
CLEVELAND, Miss. -- The Shorter Hawks dropped the road game at Delta State, 62-57. The game marks a season split in the series, with each team claiming a victory on the home court.
The Hawks (14-8, 8-6 GSC) were tied, 23-23, despite the Statesmen leading the entire way in the opening 20 minutes the Hawks were able to draw even by scoring the final four points before intermission.
The second half saw the stats very similar between the two teams, with the exception that Delta State (9-12, 5-8 GSC) was able to get to the free throw line 13 more times in the half. The Statesmen would go 12-for-21 from the free throw line in the second half while scoring their final nine points from the line over the final 1:27.
Shorter would take the lead nine seconds into the half on a layup from Walter Hill and build as much as a seven point lead. A series of 3-pointers for each team 17 seconds apart would tie the game, 41-41 with 7:39 to play. Delta state would score six points over the next 30 seconds to take the lead for good.
Anthony Banks would see time in a reserve role – his first action since a January 19 game with the exception of one minute of action last Thursday – playing 29 minutes and scoring nine points and adding three rebounds and three steals.
Three Statesmen would score in double digits, with Terry Leake scoring 22 for the game-high. Cornell Knight would register a double double with 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Jack Madgen would score 11 points.
Each team would commit 12 turnovers, with the Hawks able to capitalize and turn the mistakes into 19 points. Shorter would dominate the scoring in the paint, 24-18, while also laying claim to the advantage in points from the bench, 17-3, aided by the efforts of Banks and eight points from King.
Next up for the Hawks is a road game at Christian Brothers. Shorter defeated the Bucs, 56-49, on January 12 from the Winthrop-King Centre in a game that saw four of the five starters reach double digits in points.