Delaware Battles to the End, Suffers 91-82 Setback to Top Seed UNCW in CAA Quarterfinals
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The University of Delaware men’s basketball team cut a 20-point deficit to seven late in the second half but could not get closer as the Blue Hens dropped a 91-82 verdict to top-seeded UNCW in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at the North Charleston Coliseum.
The Blue Hens, the ninth seed in the tournament and coming off Friday’s 81-76 win over Hofstra in the first round, end their season with a 13-20 record.
The Seahawks improved to 27-5 and advanced to the CAA Semifinals on Sunday afternoon.
Delaware guard Ryan Daly capped his fantastic freshman season with game-highs of 24 points and 10 rebounds, posting his sixth double-double of the year and his second in as many days. Anthony Mosley (at left) contributed 20 points on the afternoon, one shy of his season-high, while Darian Bryant (bottom right) chipped in 14 for the Blue Hens.
Senior guard Cazmon Hayes supplied nine points and five rebounds in his final game for Delaware, which shot 57.7 percent from the floor.
UNCW shot 50.9 percent from the field and put five players in double figures, including a team-high 17 points from sophomore guard C.J. Bryce.
Jordon Talley came off the bench to score 16 points, 12 coming on free throws, while Denzel Ingram contributed 15 points and eight assists.
“UNCW is really good and tough to defend because they have so many weapons,” Delaware head coach Martin Ingelsby said. “I’m really proud of our group, and the resiliency they showed cutting a 20-point deficit to seven. Anthony Mosley got into a good rhythm, and we went small to spread them out and were able to get back in the game, we just couldn’t get enough stops. I thank the seniors, and am excited about the guys we have returning next year. We played well during our two games down here, which gives us great momentum heading into the offseason.”
UNCW took a 41-32 lead into the break, and quickly extended the margin to 12 early in the second half before consecutive triples by Daly and Bryant made it a 46-40 game with 17:28 left.
The Blue Hens were still within eight at 55-47 after a Hayes layup, but UNCW scored the next nine points to go in front 64-47 with 12:05 remaining.
The Seahawks led by as many as 20 and were still up 74-57 at the six-minute mark, but Delaware hit six straight field goal attempts and used a quick 10-0 run to pull within seven on two Mosley free throws with 4:15 to play.
The Blue Hens got within seven twice more, the final time at 80-73 on a Mosley three-point play at the 2:07 mark, but would not get closer the rest of the way.
Delaware trailed 15-8 early on before five straight points from Daly brought the Blue Hens within a pair at 15-13, but the Seahawks answered with five of their own to go up 20-13 at the 12:03 mark of the opening half.
An Eric Carter dunk off a feed from Bryant cut the UD deficit to 27-26 with six minutes remaining in the half, while a leaner by Daly had the Blue Hens within three at 35-32. But Delaware went scoreless over the final 2:24 of the period, as UNCW closed with a six-point spurt to take a 41-32 lead into the halftime break.
• UNCW has won all five postseason meetings between the two schools
• The Seahawks improved to 22-11 vs. the Blue Hens, with five straight wins in the series
• Delaware fell to 4-8 in CAA Quarterfinal games
• Hayes tied the school record by appearing in his 124th career game
• Daly notched his 11th 20-point game of the season and finishes the season with a UD freshman record 511 points
• The Blue Hens shot over 50 percent during five games on the year, including all three vs. UNCW
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