PHILADELPHIA – Drexel erased a 27-point halftime deficit and Tramaine Isabell hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds left as the Dragons came back to defeat Delaware, 85-83, Thursday night at the Daskalakis Center.

Delaware (12-18, 5-12 CAA) led by as many as 34 points at 53-19 with 2:36 left in the opening half, and was still up 56-29 at the break. But the Drexel (12-18, 6-11 CAA) scored 56 points in the second half as the Dragons posted the largest comeback win in NCAA Division I history.

The Blue Hens were still up 14 points at 77-63 with 6:44 to play following an Eric Carter putback, but Drexel exploded for a 16-2 run, tying the game at 79-79 on an Isabell three-point play at the 3:50 mark.

Isabell then banked in a jumper to give Drexel its first lead of the night, but Ryan Allen answered with a pullup jumper at the other end to pull the Blue Hens even.

Austin Williams tipped in a miss to again put the Dragons on top, before Ryan Daly hit a shot in the paint to tie the game at 83-83 with 10 seconds to play.

However Isabell was fouled shooting a three-pointer with 2.2 seconds left, and after he hit two of three foul shots, Carter's last second three-point attempt was off the mark.

Allen led Delaware with 21 points, while Daly finished with 17 on the night. Carter posted his 10th double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Anthony Mosley (left) contributed 14 points and six assists.

Isabell paced Drexel with 29 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, while three other Dragons reached double figures.

Delaware took control from the start, exploding for an 18-point run to quickly go up 23-3 on a Carter layup at the 13:26 mark of the opening half. Later in the period Allen and Daly hit consecutive three-pointers to make it a 36-10 game, while Jacob Cushing added two triples of his own to extend the margin to 53-19 with 2:36 on the clock.

Allen knocked down his fifth three-pointer of the half to increase the margin back to 30, before Drexel’s Sammy Mojica answered at the other end to cut the Blue Hens’ advantage to 56-29 at the break.

Delaware shot 61.8 percent in the first half and drilled 10 three-pointers in the opening 20 minutes, while holding the Dragons to just 34.3 percent shooting.

HEAD COACH MARTIN INGELSBY
“Give Drexel credit, they sped us up in the second half and we got careless with the ball. They got momentum and made plays in the second half. We got into a great flow offensively but got stagnant late; it was a tale of two halves. We gave them easy opportunities and the tide turned. Some quick shots really hurt us, and they were able to spread us out and made some timely threes.”

HEN SCRATCHINGS
• Delaware dropped its sixth consecutive road game
• Daly reached double figures for the 23rd straight contest
• Allen scored in double figures for the 14th game in a row
• Allen has hit a three-pointer in all 27 games of his career
• The Blue Hens tied their season-high with 11 three-pointers, including six by Allen
• The long-time rivals split the regular season series for the fifth consecutive year

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Delaware vs. *James Madison – February 24, 2018 (4 p.m.)
Delaware at CAA Tournament (North Charleston, S.C.) – March 3-6, 2018 (TBA)

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