NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware men’s basketball team shot a season-high 58.6 percent from the field and knocked down 11 three-pointers as the Blue Hens used an offensive explosion to cruise to a 96-76 home victory over UNCW Sunday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Ryan Daly (below) scored 27 points, one shy of his career-high set exactly a year ago against UNCW, and grabbed seven rebounds for the Blue Hens (9-8, 2-2 CAA), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Ryan Allen (left) added 23 points, one shy of his season-best, and knocked down four three-pointers, while Anthony Mosley contributed a solid all-around effort with 17 points, eight rebounds and a career-high eight assists.

Eric Carter was the fourth Blue Hen in double figures with 13 points, while Darian Bryant chipped in nine points and Chyree Walker added six.

Devontae Cacok posted his 12th double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Seahawks (4-12, 1-3 CAA), who lost their second in a row. Ty Taylor tied his season-high with 17 points, while Jordon Talley contributed 16 of his own.

Delaware trailed by as many as eight points in the opening half, but used an 11-point spurt to go up 44-30 before settling for a 46-40 halftime advantage. The Blue Hens then made nine of their first 10 second half field goal attempts, quickly opening up a 70-55 margin on an Allen three-pointer at the 14:22 mark. The lead never got below double figures the rest of the way, and grew to as much as 93-70 when Mosley hit two free throws with five minutes to play.

HEAD COACH MARTIN INGELSBY
““With UNCW’s tempo offense and how fast they like to play, we knew it was going to be an up-and-down game. It’s ironic that the score was what it was today, after last week it was just 58-56. We got into a good flow today offensively. The zone was good to us today and our man allowed us to get out and run. It helps when guys make shots. Ryan Daly got off to a great start and when Ryan Allen is making shots on the perimeter, he’s one of the most talented young guards in our league. He takes pressure off of Ryan (Daly) and doesn’t force him to be the guy all the time. Darian Bryant’s minutes were important. UNCW went to a ‘triangle-and-two’ defense in the second half when they cut our lead, and Darian stepped up and made a big three-pointer. There was a lot to build off for a lot of different guys. Overall it was a great team effort.” 

RYAN DALY
“We knew we needed to bring energy today. Scoring 96 points today is pretty impressive for only having seven players at the end of the game. It was a good team win. Hopefully we can go on a run and win a few in a row. (Connor) Rufo came in for a few minutes and played hard. Darian Bryant helped us a lot today, and Anthony (Mosley) rebounded well. Today was a total team effort.” 

ERIC CARTER
“If we play Delaware basketball and guard, anything can happen. The lack of depth cannot be an excuse. Our coaches do a good job of monitoring us and keeping our legs. Whenever anything happens it needs to be next man up.”

HEN SCRATCHINGS
• Delaware swept the regular season series from UNCW for the first year since 2013-14
• Daly recorded his seventh 20-point game of the season and surpassed the 800-point mark for his career
• Allen has reached double figures in 10 of the last 12 games
• Delaware’s 58.6 field goal percentage is the highest since a win over Bryn Athyn on Nov. 27, 2016
• UD committed a season-low six turnovers
• UD posted its largest margin of victory in a CAA game since a 95-68 win over James Madison on Jan. 19, 2006
• The Blue Hens have scored at least 96 points twice in the BCC for the first time since the 2000-01 season

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Delaware vs. *Drexel – January 11, 2018 (7 p.m.)
Delaware at *James Madison – January 13, 2018 (4 p.m.)
Delaware at *Hofstra – January 18, 2018 (7 p.m.)

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