Dayton, OH (Apr. 19, 2019) --- The underdog Delaware State bowling team won four consecutive elimination games, including a victory over the current NCAA champion, before falling in the semifinals to finish third in the 32-team Intercollegiate Team Championships today.
The 16th seeded Hornets fell to No. 1 seed McKendree (Ill.) in the deciding seventh game of their semifinal match-up in a contest that came down to the last frame.
DSU won the first two games, 202-161 and 177-142. McKendree, the 2018 ITC runner-up, won the next three games to lead 3-2 in the match.
Facing elimination, the Hornets pulled out a 180-178 victory in game six to even up the contest.
The Bearkats won game seven 186-168 to advance to the ITC championship match for the third straight year.
McKendree handed Delaware State each of its losses in the double-elimination tournament.
The Hornets began the day with an early morning elimination match against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival and No. 9 seed Maryland-Eastern Shore. DSU won the contest four games to two. The Hornets won the last two games after the match was tied at 2-2, including a resounding 223-176 victory in the clincher.
DSU advanced to face No. 5 Webber, with the winner staying alive and loser going home. Again, the match was tied at 2-2 before the Hornets finished strong, posting a 221-151 thumping in the fifth game and a 182-173 victory in game six.
The next opponent for the Hornets was No. 8 Pikesville in another win-or-go-home match. For the third straight contest, the teams were tied at 2-2 before another strong DSU finish. The Hornets posted their best single-game score of the tournament in a 236-202 victory in game five; and closed out the win with a game six victory by a score of 185-179.
Up next for the Hornets was a match-up against 2019 NCAA champion and No. 4 seed Stephen F. Austin. The Lumberjacks captured the NCAA crown in Wickliffe, OH, last weekend. DSU was up to the challenge, winning in five games to advance to the Final 4.
Stephen F. Austin won the opening game 203-197 before the Hornets stormed back to win the next four, including a 194-158 victory in the clinching game five.
This was Delaware State’s best national tournament showing since reaching the Final 4 of the 2009 NCAA championship.