Threatt Pours in 25 Points, Nearly Hits Triple-Double to Lead Delaware Men's Basketball Past Cal Poly 82-72
NEWARK, Del. -- Jarvis Threatt just missed a triple-double as he poured in 25 points, including knocking down 13 of 15 free throw attempts, pulled down eight rebounds, and dished out seven assists to lead the University of Delaware men's basketball squad to an 82-72 non-league victory over Cal Poly Saturday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Senior guard Devon Saddler (at left, photo by Chris Mlynarczyk) came off the bench to knock down his first five three-point attempts and finished with 22 points, junior guard Kyle Anderson added 15 points, and senior guard Davon Usher contributed 12 points to lead Delaware (8-7) to its second straight win and its third consecutive victory at home. Carl Baptiste added six points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Cal Poly (4-9), which lost its fourth straight game and fell to 0-7 on the road this season, got a career-high 14 points from Anthony Silvestri and 12 more from Kyle Odister. Silvestri, a junior forward, had entered the game with just 14 points all season.
Delaware held Cal Poly’s leading scorers Chris Eversley (14.5 points per game) and David Nwaba (11.8 points) to just eight points each.
The game marked the first meeting between the two schools in men's basketball.
Threatt, a 6-2 junior guard, just missed recording only the third triple-double in school history as he fell just two rebounds and three assists shy of the rare feat. He knocked down 6 of 10 shots from the field and 13 of 15 from the foul line to lead all scorers and reach the 20-point mark for the sixth time this season. Saddler has now also scored in double figures in all eight games he has played this season.
Delaware, which jumped out to a 47-33 halftime lead and never looked back, outscored the Mustangs 32-13 at the foul line and was an impressive 10 of 24 from beyond the three-point arc. The Blue Hens reached the 80-point mark for the eighth time this season and reached a season-high for free throws made.
Both teams opened the game on fire as the first eight minutes featured 37 points, seven three-pointers, and eight lead changes. The game was tied for the fifth time of the half at 26-26 with 7:47 before the Hens broke it open as Saddler connected on a three-pointer and Threatt added two free throws and a three-point play as part of a 12-3 run that put UD up 38-29.
A 9-2 Delaware run to end the half gave the Hens a 47-33 advantage at the break.
Delaware led by as much as 24 points at 64-40 with 13:07 left to play and Cal Poly never got closer than nine points the entire second half and that came in the final minute of play.
The Hens will begin Colonial Athletic Association action this Wednesday, Jan. 8, when they host Hofstra at 7 p.m. at the BCC.