RICHMOND, Va. – Delaware jumped out to a 33-point lead in the first half and held off a Richmond charge down the stretch as the Blue Hens never trailed in posting an impressive 76-63 season-opening road victory over the Spiders Friday night at the Robins Center.

Delaware, which won its season opener for the third straight year, used a 29-2 run during the first half and eventually went up 45-12 with 3:05 to play in the stanza. Richmond rallied twice but never got closer than nine in the second half.

Blue Hen sophomore Ryan Daly led the way with 22 points, while Eric Carter notched a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Kevin Anderson (left) contributed 11 points in his UD debut, while Anthony Mosley was the fourth Blue Hen in double figures with 10 points to go with five assists.

De’Monte Buckingham paced the Spiders with 18 points and six rebounds, while Jacob Gilyard chipped in 17 points and four assists.

Delaware scored 10 consecutive points to jump out to an early 12-2 lead, and after Richmond pulled within 12-8, the Blue Hens exploded for an incredible 29-2 run to extend the advantage to 41-10 on a Jacob Cushing three-pointer at the 4:46 mark. The lead grew to as much as 33 at 45-12, before Delaware took a 49-20 cushion into the break.

The Blue Hens shot 75.0 percent from the field during the opening 20 minutes, and assisted on 15 of their 21 field goals.

Richmond reeled off a 14-2 spurt in the second half to pull within 56-42 and eventually got as close as 12, but Daly buried a contested three-pointer and Mosley added two free throws to push the margin back to 17.

The Spiders used a quick eight-point spurt to pull within 67-58 with 2:08 on the clock, but Delaware countered with a 7-0 run to put the game away.

“This is a really big win for our program. Our team brought a competitive mindset into the game, and was ready to play from the tip. In the first half we executed our game plan, had a great rhythm offensively, and were good defensively. We made some shots, and got good balance with our offensive flow. I’m proud of how we executed for 40 minutes; this is a good win and is something to build on.”

“When Richmond came back late, we really responded in the last two minutes. We played a great first half but knew they would make a run, and to pull away late is very satisfying. This was a great game and I’m happy we came out with the victory.”

“Richmond is a good program, and we knew they’d make a run. Tonight was a good experience for us. I feel we grew as a team and were in control the whole game.”

• The Blue Hens shot 56.5 percent from the field and held a 30-26 rebounding edge
• Delaware improved to 3-2 all-time vs. Richmond
• UD started two freshmen (Kevin Anderson, Chyree Walker) in its season opener for first time since 2011
Ryan Allen served the first of a three-game suspension for a violation of team rules

Delaware at Bradley - Tuesday, November 14 (8 p.m. ET)
Delaware vs. Wesley – Friday, November, 17 (7 p.m.)
Delaware at UNCG – November 20, 2017 (7 p.m.)

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