By Ebony Ivey/FAMU Sports Information Intern
Tallahassee, Fla. (Jan. 15) - Down 29-35 at halftime, the FAMU Rattlers (2-18, 1-3 MEAC) made an unforeseen double-overtime comeback against the Hornets of Delaware State (2-17, 0-4 MEAC) solidifying a win 94-89, Monday afternoon in the Al Lawson Gymnasium.
In a contest where the score was tied 10 times, and the lead alternated nine, the Hornets’ 14 turnovers were used at the advantage of FAMU, who shot 71 percent from the free throw line.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our team,” head coach Robert McCullum opened. “Heading into a 12-day break, I can’t imagine how sour of a taste we would’ve had, had we not won tonight. They fought. They found a way, despite of things not going our way, especially the rebounding, but we made up for it. We did a number of other things well. We had so many contributions from so many different players.”
Justin Ravenel led all scorers with 30 points, 24 of which were from beyond the three-point arc. Marcus Barham followed suit, contributing 24 points with six boards. Desmond Williams added 16 points, and Elijah Mayes, who was a significant ovetime contributor, put up 15.
Ravenel, normally a reserve, was introduced to the starting lineup for this contest.
“I never think about how many points I’m going to score, I just worry about being able to execute when my name is called, making open shots and just being able to get my other guys going,” said Ravenel.
Barham also spoke to his teammate’s performance. “Sometimes I feel like everybody is focusing on me and Des (Desmond Williams), but when he starts scoring, everything just opens up for everybody.”
Though the Rattlers fell short of the Hornets in rebounds, totaling 33 to the Hornets’ 55, the Rattlers collectively fought to capitalize off of other Hornet mistakes.
With a 12 day conference play break, FAMU will spend time focusing on game fundamentals, on both offense and defense.
Up Next: FAMU will face off against the Pirates of Hampton University on January 27, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in Hampton, VA.