WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – William & Mary took an eight-point lead into the break and used an early run in the second half to pull away for an 83-66 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Delaware Saturday afternoon at Kaplan Arena.

Justin Pierce scored a career-high 33 points for the Tribe (16-9, 9-5 CAA), which shot 50.0 percent from the field, knocked down 11 three-pointers, and went 16 of 19 from the foul line. Nathan Knight added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Matt Milon contributed 13 points for William & Mary.

Blue Hen freshman Ryan Allen scored 25 points, all but two in the first half, for the Blue Hens (11-16, 4-10 CAA), while Skye Johnson notched his first double-double with career-highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Eric Carter (left) chipped in with 12 points and eight boards for Delaware, which shot 42.1 percent and held a 40-27 rebounding advantage.

Allen, who knocked down six triples, now has made 69 three-pointers this season, a new UD freshman record and 17 shy of the program’s single season mark.

Delaware used an early seven-point run to take an 11-5 lead in the opening minutes, while two Jacob Cushing free throws put the Blue Hens up 25-20 midway through the first half. However the Tribe answered with a 15-2 spurt over the next four minutes, and led the rest of the stanza before taking a 47-39 advantage into the break.

William & Mary then opened the second half with an 11-2 run, extending the margin to 58-41 with 16:55 to play. It was a 64-46 game at the 11:39 mark following a Chyree Walker free throw, but the Tribe scored 11 of the next 12 points and led by at least 20 until the final minute.

HEAD COACH MARTIN INGELSBY
“Ryan (Allen) had a great first half and we got off to a good start, and were still down just eight at halftime. But we got down early in the second half and couldn’t get back into the game. Justin Pierce made shots and put a lot of pressure on our defense. I thought we did a pretty good job of challenging their jump shots, but allowed them to get into transition. We’ll regroup and try to get better with a few good days of practice next week.”

HEN SCRATCHINGS
• The Blue Hens dropped their eighth consecutive contest
• Allen reached double figures for the 11th straight game
• Allen hit a three-pointer for the 24th consecutive game, the second longest streak in UD history
• Allen has led UD in scoring in seven of the last eight games
• Carter has reached double figures in five straight games, the longest stretch of his career
• William & Mary has won six consecutive meetings between the schools, including the last three at Kaplan Arena

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Delaware at *Towson – February 15, 2018 (7 p.m.)
Delaware vs. *Elon – February 17, 2018 (7 p.m.)
Delaware at *Drexel – February 22, 2018 (7 p.m.)

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