From Florida A&M Sports Information:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | The Florida A&M University men’s basketball team will put its three-game winning streak on the line this weekend as the Rattlers visit Delaware State and Maryland Eastern Shore in a pair of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference games.
Florida A&M opens the two-game road swing on Saturday at Delaware State. Tip-off against the Hornets is set for 2 p.m. from Memorial Hall Gymnasium. The Rattlers conclude the trip on Monday with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off against Maryland Eastern Shore at Hytche Arena.
Florida A&M (9-13 overall, 7-4 MEAC) is riding a three-game winning streak after home victories over Bethune-Cookman, Howard and North Carolina A&T State. The Rattlers are coming off a 79-60 rout of North Carolina A&T State on Monday where FAMU outscored the Aggies, 54-29, in the second half. The win over NCAT avoided a season sweep for FAMU and needs just two more conference victories to ensure its second consecutive winning season.
Delaware State (3-20, 2-7) enters Saturday’s contest off a 100-86 road loss to South Carolina State. The Hornets have dropped their last three games and have lost six out of their last seven games. Delaware State has won all three of its games at home, with victories over St. Elizabeth, North Carolina Central and Coppin State. On Monday against the Bulldogs, John Crosby scored 26 points, on 10-of-15 shooting, as the Hornets shot nearly 50 percent from the floor and nearly rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit.
Maryland Eastern Shore (3-21, 2-7) will play host to Bethune-Cookman on Saturday before taking on Florida A&M on Monday. The Hawks are currently riding a two-game losing streak and have dropped seven out of their last eight games, with the lone win coming on Feb. 23, a 68-66 victory over Delaware State. Maryland Eastern Shore has won just two games at home, with victories over Clarks Summit and Howard. The Hawks dropped a 68-67 overtime affair on Monday night at Coppin State.
ABOUT DELAWARE STATE
> The Hornets are averaging 70.4 points per game, while its opponents are averaging 83.2 points
> DSU is shooting 40.4 percent (569-of-1410) from the field and 67.2 percent (314-of-467) from the foul line
> John Crosby leads Delaware State’s offense at 20.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, followed by Ameer Bennett at 10.3 points and 6.3 boards per game
ABOUT MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE
> The Hawks are averaging 55.4 points per game, while its opponents are averaging 71.5 points
> UMES is shooting 35.9 percent (493-of-1375) from the field and 61.4 percent (207-of-337) from the foul line
> AJ Cheeseman leads Maryland Eastern Shore’s offense at 9.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, followed by Ty Gibson at 7.3 points and 2.1 boards per game
LAST TIME OUT
> Florida A&M is coming off a 79-60 home victory over North Carolina A&T State on Monday
> MJ Randolph led five FAMU players in double figures with 18 points
> The Rattlers shot 44.4 percent (28-of-63) from the floor and 57.6 percent (19-of-33) from the foul line
> Florida A&M scored 28 points in the paint and 28 points off 20 NCAT turnovers
> Florida A&M defeated and stunned Iowa State, 70-68, on Dec. 31
> The win over Iowa State gave FAMU its first-ever win over a Power 5 opponent
> Florida A&M head coach Robert McCullum picked up his first signature win as Rattler head coach on Dec. 31
> The Rattlers have played six of their 22 games at home and have compiled a 6-0 mark at the Al Lawson Center
After back-to-back road games, Florida A&M returns home on Feb. 22 to take on Norfolk State.
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