This Week in Blue Hens Athletics History

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MEN'S BASKETBALL: Blue Hens Capture America East Title, Head to NCAA Tournament

March 6, 1999

NEWARK, Del.  -- The University of Delaware men's basketball squad captured its second straight America East Tournament title in dominating fashion as the Blue Hens stormed past visiting Drexel for an 86-67 victory at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Led by Tournament Most Outstanding Player John Gordon, head coach Mike Brey's squad ran its winning streak to 13 straight games and earned a spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament for the second straight year and for the fourth time in school history.

Gordon scored a game-high 22 points, including five three-pointers, and was one of four Blue Hens in double figures as Mike Pegues added 18 points, Tyrone Perry contributed 17 points, and Kestutis Marciulionis added 16 points. Pegues and Perry joined Gordon on the All-Tournament Team.

Delaware center John Bennett, who was battling back spasms, added nine points but more importantly dominated the boards as he pulled down 14 rebounds and also blocked a shot.

The Blue Hens took a slim 37-32 lead at halftime but pulled away early in the second half as they scored 10 of the first 14 points of the stanza. Drexel later cut the lead to 47-41 with 16 minutes left, but Delaware responded with a 10-2 run and never looked back. 

The game was played before a sellout crowd of 5,209.