CLEVLAND, Miss. (HSU) -- Trailing 62-59 with 5:33 left in the game, the Henderson State men's basketball team hit 16-of-18 free throws down the stretch to help give them a lead and eventually secure an 81-73 win on the road against Delta State on Tuesday night.
Prior to that clutch late-game run of success from the line, the Reddies (2-0) were just 9-of-14 (64%) from the free throw line and had been playing from behind for most of the second half after losing the five-point lead they established at the break.
Helping propel the Reddies to that lead at halftime was a furious barrage from long range as seven three-pointers fell for Henderson in the half. Five of those first-half trifectas came from newcomer Melvin Haynes. Haynes would end the game with a team-high 23 points.
Four other Reddies would join Haynes in scoring double figures.
Andrew Endsley was second on the team in scoring with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor. Endsley was also 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the game.
Denzel Lyles was also 5-of-11 in the game, but cashed in twice from deep to finish with 14 points.
Coming off the bench, Joe McCoy would end with 13 points and Jonathan Fitzgerald would add 10 points.
The Reddies shot 42% (24-of-57) for the game while being able to withstand a 54% (27-of-50) effort from the Statesmen (0-1).
Henderson will next be in action on Saturday, November 17th as they will play host to Union University starting at 4:00 pm at the Duke Wells Center.