Baltimore, Md. — Kendall Gray had career-highs of 33 points and 30 rebounds; and Amere May poured in 40 points to lead Delaware State to a 104-92 MEAC men’s basketball win over Coppin State in the regular season finale.
With the win, the Hornets secure fifth place in the final MEAC regular season standings and No. 5 seed in next week’s conference tournament.
Gray’s performance marked the first time in Delaware State’s MEAC era that a player has reached 30 points and 30 rebounds in a game. His rebound total is also tops among all NCAA Div. I players this season.
The previous Div. I high this year was 28 by Rico Gathers of Baylor. He’s also the only player in Div. I to reach the 30-30 plateau this season.
In addition, Gray blocked three shots to set a single season school record for the third straight year. He has 83 blocks this year, eclipsing the previous high of 81 he set last season.
Gray was 12-for-13 from the field and nine-of-16 at the free throw line in the contest. His rebound total included a career-high 11 offensive boards.
Gray also has 23 and 22-rebound games earlier this season.
He raised his season rebound average to 12.4 per game with tonight’s performance.
Gray was second in the nation in rebounding at 11.7 per game entering tonight’s contest.
Gray’s big night nearly overshadowed a 40-point scoring performance by Amere May.
It is his second 40-point game of the season. He scored the NCAA Div. I season high of 48 vs. St. Francis Brooklyn on Dec. 17.
May, the MEAC’s leading scorer, was 13-for-24 from the field; six-of-10 on three-point shots and six-for-six at the free throw line.
May has topped the 20-point mark in eight consecutive games; and has reached double figures in 21 straight.
He has also knocked down at least one three-pointer in each of the last 24 games.
He has scored 79 points in two games against Coppin State this season (39.5 ppg).
The performances by Gray and May also mark the first time that two Hornets have topped the 30-point mark in a game in the team’s MEAC era.
Delaware State led 34-29 at the half; and outscored the Eagles 70-63 in the final 20 minutes.
The 70 second half points also marks a modern-day school record.
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