Senior forward Matthew Hezekiah tossed in a team-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead South Carolina State to a ,88-74, victory over Voorhees College on Saturday at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.
Sophomore Daryll Palmer recorded the contests only double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while teammate Adama "Louis" Adams added 12 in the victory. Freshman walk-on guard Karon Wright seems to be the spark the Bulldogs need scoring a season-high 16 points, while knocking down 4-of-8 from 3-point range.
" It was a tale of two halves and we got a big boost from our bench in freshmen guard's Jalen White and Karon Wright, said SC State head coachMurray Garvin. " Daryll Palmer is beginning to play well with another double-double performance tonight."
The game was a battle throughout with the Tigers and Bulldogs deadlock at 37-37 during intermission.
White opened up the scoring pace for South Carolina State with a eight point advantage after a foul and made layup to give the Bulldogs a 51-43 lead at the 14:54 mark. Adams driving layup with 9:28 remaining gave SC State their biggest lead of the night 14, 63-49.
Wright's jumper with 3:03 left in regulation gave SC State their largest margin of the night 22, 82-60. Voorhees couldn't close the gap pulling within 14, 88-74 as time expired to suffer their fifth loss of the season.
The Bulldogs improve to 2-4 overall, while the Tigers fall to 3-5 on the season. Voorhees was led by Ricardo Rivera with a game-high 20 points, while Allen Dantzler added 16 in the loss. Josh Corry chipped in 13 and Courtney Warren provided 10 points, while Travis Dupree grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds along with 9 points.
Garvin stated, "We are very young basketball team and we just have to keep improving every day. We will embrace the process and get ready for Omaha on Monday, so with that being said we need all the Orangeburg community to come out and support the Bulldogs."
South Carolina State will return to action on Monday (Nov.25) when they host the visiting Mavericks of Omaha Nebraska in a 7:00 p.m. non-conference matchup.