ELON, N.C. – Delaware cut a 17-point deficit to five late in the second half, but the Blue Hens could not get closer in an 89-76 loss to Elon Saturday night at Alumni Gym.

The Phoenix (14-11, 6-6 CAA) shot 54.4 percent from the field, knocked down 13 of 25 three-point attempts, and were 14 of 16 from the foul line. Tyler Seibring paced Elon with 24 points and eight rebounds, while Dainan Swoope added 22 points and Dmitri Thompson contributed 13 points on the night.

The Blue Hens (11-14, 4-8 CAA) were again paced by freshman guard Ryan Allen, who poured in a career-high 26 points. Jacob Cushing (left) came off the bench to score a career-best 19 points, while Eric Carter notched his seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Elon knocked down its first five shots from the field, including four from long range, as the Phoenix quickly jumped out to a 14-0 lead less than four minutes into the game.

Elon led by as many as 16 early on, but Allen answered with a three-pointer and a jumper to bring Delaware within 21-14 with nine and a half minutes on the clock. However the Phoenix extended the margin back to 16, before settling for a 42-30 halftime advantage.

Delaware was still within 12 following a three-point play by Allen, but the Phoenix answered with five straight points to go up 58-41 with 14:41 to play. A minute later the Blue Hens scored eight consecutive points to pull within 60-51, while consecutive three-pointers by Cushing made it a 76-71 game with 3:34 to play.

However Karolis Kundrolas answered with a layup and Swoope beat the shot clock with a contested three-pointer to extend the margin back to 10, and the Phoenix weren’t threatened from there.

“We got off to a tough start against a good team, and it was too big a hole to dig out of. I love the competitiveness of our group and how we continued to fight, but after we got it to five, we couldn’t get a stop down the stretch. Give Elon credit, they stepped up and made shots. Jacob (Cushing) is continuing to get in game shape, and to have a guy come off the bench and make shots is a huge asset for us. Ryan (Allen) gives us so much on the offensive end, and Eric (Carter) gave us a boost as well.”

• Delaware lost its sixth straight game
• Elon improved to 7-1 vs. Delaware, and has won all four meetings in Alumni Gym
• Allen reached double figures for the ninth game in a row
• Allen hit a three-pointer for the 22nd straight game, tied for the third longest streak in UD history
• Cushing’s previous career-high was 11 points, set last year at UNCW
• Elon handed out 23 assists on 31 baskets
• Delaware (6) and Elon (8) combined for just 14 turnovers

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