Big Run, Late Three-Pointers Send Charleston to 65-56 Win Over Delaware
NEWARK, Del. -- For the first 29 minutes of the game, the University of Delaware men’s basketball squad stayed a step ahead of the College of Charleston.
But a 13-0 run and some timely three-point shooting late in the game by Charleston proved to be fatal blows as the Blue Hens dropped a 65-56 Colonial Athletic Association decision Monday evening at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Delaware took a 26-20 lead at the half and still was clinging to a 37-31 lead with 12:55 left to play before the Cougars went on a 13-0 run to take control and then used effective long-range shooting down the stretch to win its third straight game.
The Blue Hens (7-8, 0-2 CAA), coming off a tough 65-63 setback in its CAA opener Saturday, got another big effort from freshman guard Ryan Daly, the reigning CAA Rookie of the Week, who scored a game-high 20 points and pulled a team-high six rebounds.
Daly, who was coming off a 20-point, 15-rebound effort vs. Hofstra, has now reached double figures in seven straight games for Delaware.
Charleston (11-4, 2-0 CAA), which has now won 8 of its last 9 games, put four scorers in double figures as Joe Chealey led the way with 19 points, Jarrell Brantley added 12 points and seven rebounds, and Grant Riller and Cameron Johnson each contributed 10 points apiece.
Fifth starter Chevez Goodwin pulled down a game and career-high 12 rebounds. Chealey and Brantley each reached double figures for the fifth straight game.
"Charleston is a good team and they made some big shots during the second half," Delaware head coach Martin Ingelsby said. "I thought we didn't defend well from the 14-minute mark to the seven-minute mark of the second half, and had trouble scoring on our end as well. I thought we had control of the game, but they made that run and we couldn't respond offensively. They are a veteran group and made some big plays."
Delaware hit 11 of 21 first half shot and held Charleston to 7 of 29 shooting to take the six-point halftime lead and stayed in front for the first five minutes of the second half before Charleston used a 9-2 run to tie the game at 31-31. Delaware recovered with a 6-0 run of its own for the lead but it would be short-lived.
Charleston then exploded on its pivotal 13-0 run that covered 5:15 and gave the Cougars a 44-37 lead. Chealey scored six points and Terrance O’Donohue contributed four during the run in which Delaware turned the ball over three times and went 0 for 5 from the field. The Cougars went 6 of 9 from three-point range during the second half and knocked down four over the last six minutes to keep Delaware at bay.
• Delaware will continue action Thursday at Northeastern, which opened league play at 2-0 with wins over William & Mary and Drexel
• Charleston won at Delaware for the first time in four visits all-time. Delaware had won each of the last three meetings at the BCC and won each game by three points
• Delaware has started 0-2 in league play for the third straight year
• Daly is the first UD freshman to scored 20 points in back-to-back games since UD all-time leading scorer Devon Saddler had back-to-back 20+ point games late in the 2010-11 season
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