Late Game Heroics Becoming a Daly Occurrence as Delaware Knocks Off Rival Drexel 68-67
NEWARK, Del. -- Late game heroics are becoming a Daly occurrence for the red-hot University of Delaware men’s basketball team.
As in Ryan Daly.
The Blue Hen freshman guard was sensational - and clutch - once again for Delaware Thursday night as he dropped in a game-high 24 points, including a game-winning three-pointer with just 12 seconds left to play that lifted UD to a 58-57 Colonial Athletic Association victory over rival Drexel at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Delaware (12-16, 5-10 CAA), which ran its win streak to three straight, had just fallen behind 67-65 when Drexel’s John Moran knocked down a triple with 32 seconds left to play. After the Hens called a timeout, they worked the ball around to Daly on the left wing and the CAA Rookie of the Year candidate knocked down the trey to clinch the thrilling win for the Blue Hens.
“I was hoping Ryan would get to the basket, but he rocked his defender back and hit the three,” said Delaware rookie head coach Martin Ingelsby. “He’s a gamer. We knew we’d get the ball in his hands, and he made a big shot. I was then really proud of how we defended at the end, and didn’t let them get off a good shot. This win really shows the growth and character of our team. Our guys enjoy playing together and are now seeing the rewards of it."
“We got the switch we wanted, and I’m glad that last shot fell because we were in control of the entire game before Drexel hit those two late threes," said Daly. "We’re on a roll right now, and I’m just happy to keep it going.”
Drexel (9-19, 3-12 CAA) had the chance to win it but freshman Kurk Lee’s off-balance three-point attempt under pressure just before the horn was way off the mark, giving the Hens the victory.
Daly scored 18 of his points in the second half and also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds to post his fourth double-double of the season and his eighth 20-point effort of the season. Darian Bryant (at right) hit on 7 of 10 shots from the field and finished with 15 points while Anthony Mosley added 12 points and a career-high tying seven assists.
Delaware shot 56 percent from the field in the second half (14 of 25), committed just nine turnovers for the game, and forced the Dragons into 20 miscues.
Lee hit five three-pointers and finished with a team-high 21 points off the bench for Drexel while Rodney Williams contributed 17 points and Mohamed Bah came off the bench to pull down a team-high nine boards.
The Blue Hens have now won three straight games and each has come down to the wire. Daly knocked down a jumper with two seconds left in regulation against Elon last Thursday in a game in which the Hens went on to win 76-74 in overtime.
This past Saturday, Delaware knocked off James Madison 58-57 on a three-pointer by Bryant with 10 seconds left and a subsequent steal by Mosley just before the buzzer. Daly’s three-pointer with 42 seconds left had tied that game.
• Daly broke the UD freshman single season scoring record during the game and now has 412 points this season, surpassing the mark of 411 by Devon Saddler in 2010-11
• Delaware’s starters accounted for 63 of the team’s 68 points and all five players are underclassmen
• Drexel’s 20 turnovers were the most miscues forced by the Hens this season and the most since Elon had 20 vs. the Hens on Feb. 4, 2016
• Delaware improved to 9-4 at home this season and evened its league home mark at 4-4
• Delaware has won three games for the first time since a five-game streak as part of the 2014 CAA championship and NCAA Tournament season
• The game marked the 156th all-time meeting between the two rivals with Delaware now leading 80-76
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