DOVER, Del. (Feb. 17) – Desmond Williams sank four pressure free throws in the final five seconds of play to lift the visiting FAMU Men’s Basketball team past Delaware State, 66-63 at Memorial Hall Saturday afternoon.
Justin Ravenel led FAMU with 20 points, hitting four of eight shots from distance, while Williams finished the game with 19 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots.
Marcus Barham hit three of six from three-point range to finish with 11 points, while Elijah Mayes added 10 points and five assists.
FAMU went into the half up by seven points, 37-30, but the determined Hornets never let the Rattlers get further ahead than seven points in the second half, a period which saw four ties and six lead changes.
In fact, the Hornets (2-25, 0-12 MEAC) enjoyed a number of seven point leads late in the second half including their last at 54-47 on a Jonathan Walker jumper with 7:02 left.
A Mayes three-pointer, followed by a tip in by Williams pulled FAMU within two points, 54-52 with 6:09 left. The see saw battle began turning FAMU’s way with less than a minute to go, when Ravenel splashed a three-pointer with 40 seconds left for a 62-61 FAMU lead.
That set the stage for Desmond Williams’ clutch performance at the charity line, as he sank two foul shots for a 64-61 lead with five seconds left. Artem Tavakalyan hit a pair of foul shots with four seconds left to pull DSU within one point at 64-63, before Williams’ two free throws with two seconds left provided the final margin.
WHAT’S NEXT: FAMU (6-23, 5-8 MEAC) will host North Carolina A&T next Saturday at 6:00 p.m. to open a three-game homestand to close the regular season in the Lawson Center.