NEWARK, Del. -- Delaware rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final four minutes of regulation and knocked down all eight free throw attempts in overtime as the Blue Hens came back for a thrilling 97-96 men’s basketball victory over Cornell Thursday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Delaware (7-6), which won its third consecutive game, trailed 79-70 with 3:57 left in regulation, but Anthony Mosley responded with a layup and Ryan Allen buried a three-pointer to make it a four-point game. Following two free throws by Cornell’s Steve Julian, Chyree Walker converted a layup and added two free throws on the next possession to make it an 81-79 contest.

After a turnover by Cornell (5-6), Ryan Daly scored inside to tie game with 16 seconds left, before the Big Red’s Matt Morgan missed a last second three-pointer.

The Blue Hens trailed by as many as three in overtime and were still down 88-87 in the final minute, but Daly scored on a driving layup with 51 seconds left and Delaware hit all eight of its free throw attempts from there to pull out the victory.

Allen led the Blue Hens with a season-high 24 points and knocked down six three-pointers, while Daly (left) finished with 19 points and seven rebounds. Mosley (below) contributed 18 points and a career-best seven assists, Eric Carter posted his second straight double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Walker was the fifth Blue Hen in double figures with 10 points.

Stone Gettings scored a career-high 39 points for Cornell, tied for the third highest total in BCC history, while Morgan added career-bests of 34 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for his first double-double.

Cornell never trailed in the opening half and led by as many as 13 points in the stanza before settling for a 47-36 cushion at the break. Delaware scored the first 12 points of the second period to go in front, but the Big Red answered and were again up as much as 13 at 73-60 with seven minutes to play before the Blue Hens made their dramatic comeback.

“This was an exciting college basketball game. We had to battle and found a way to win today. This win gives us a lot of momentum, we’re learning how to play together and having fun doing it. I’m really proud of Darian Bryant for how he defended Morgan. We didn’t settle for jump shots late in the game, got to the foul line and knocked them in. We really grew up today.”

“We stayed together and pushed through as a team today. We continued playing hard, kept battling and were able to gut out a win. We played harder on the defensive end down the stretch, and did a good job of pressuring the ball.”

“We scrapped and battled at the end of regulation, and scrapped and battled in overtime. I’m really proud of how our team was able to come back to win. This was a good, gutsy win, and to go into CAA play on a three-game winning streak gives us a lot of confidence.”

• Delaware, which also went 7-6 in non-league play last year, has posted consecutive non-conference winning seasons for the first time since 2002-03 and 2003-04
• The Blue Hens improved to 2-0 in overtime games this season
• Carter recorded his fourth double-double of the year
• Daly reached double figures for the 11th game in a row
• Nine players saw at least 37 minutes of action
• Delaware’s three-game winning streak is its longest of the season
Kevin Anderson missed the game with a knee injury and is questionable for Saturday’s game at UNCW

Delaware at *UNCW – December 30, 2017 (7 p.m.)
Delaware at *Charleston – January 2, 2018 (7 p.m.)
Delaware vs. *William & Mary – January 5, 2018 (7 p.m.)

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