DOVER, Del. – The University of Delaware men’s basketball team dominated the overtime period as the Blue Hens pulled away for a 68-59 victory over Delaware State Sunday night at Memorial Hall.

The in-state rivals went to the extra session tied at 55-55, but Kevin Anderson and Darian Bryant each buried jumpers before Ryan Allen drilled a three-pointer to put the Blue Hens (5-6) up seven. Joe Lewis answered with a free throw for Delaware State (2-10), but Eric Carter then scored inside twice to put the game away.

Allen led a balanced Delaware effort with 15 points, and hit four three-pointers for the second consecutive game. Ryan Daly added 13 points and a career-high eight assists, while Anderson recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Darian Bryant returned from a two-game absence to contribute 12 points, while Carter was the fifth Blue Hen in double figures with 11 points to go with seven boards.

Jonathan Walker paced Delaware State with 16 points, while Kavon Waller and Simon Okolue each added eight.

Delaware trailed 15-13 eight minutes into the game but exploded for a 14-point run, knocking down three consecutive three-pointers, to take a 27-15 advantage at the 7:58 mark. The Blue Hens were still up 12 at 32-20 with 4:41 on the clock but went scoreless the rest of the period, as the Hornets scored the final eight points to pull within 32-28 at the break.

Delaware extended the lead back to nine midway through the second half, before three straight triples by the Hornets knotted the game at 41-41 with nine and a half minutes to play.

Delaware State then led by as many as four, while a jumper by Lewis put the Hornets back up 53-51 with 2:44 remaining. But Daly drained a clutch triple from the right corner, and after a DSU miss, Carter hit one of two from the line to give the Blue Hens a 55-53 advantage with 15 seconds left.

The Hornets’ Pinky Wiley then converted a driving layup, before Bryant missed a baseline jumper as the game headed to overtime.

“It wasn’t pretty, but we made some big shots at the end of regulation and were able to get some stops in overtime. It was a team effort; a lot of guys stepped up and got the job done. Ryan Allen is coming along; he’s a confident guy and we need him out there to make shots. I’m really happy to get out of here and go home with a win.”

• Delaware now leads all-time series, 14-4, has won the last three meetings
• The Blue Hens improved to 8-1 in Dover, with four straight wins
• Delaware snapped a four-game losing skid, while DSU dropped its sixth in a row
• The Blue Hens held a 42-33 rebounding advantage
• UD played its first overtime game of the season

Delaware vs. CSU Bakersfield – December 20, 2017 (7 p.m.)
Delaware vs. Cornell – December 28, 2017 (2 p.m.)
Delware at *UNCW – December 30, 2017 (7 p.m.)

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