NEWARK, Del. – Delaware led for virtually the entire night and shot 52 percent from the field as the Blue Hens got back in the win column with a decisive 72-57 victory over Elon Saturday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Delaware (12-17, 5-11 CAA), which knocked down 27 of 52 shots from the field and held a commanding 46-31 rebounding advantage, used an early eight-point spurt to go up 12-4 midway through the first half and led the rest of the way. The Blue Hens took a nine-point cushion into halftime, and the margin never got below six during the second period.

Ryan Daly scored 22 points and grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds to pace Delaware, while Eric Carter notched his ninth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 boards. Ryan Allen contributed 17 points for the Blue Hens, while Anthony Mosley was the fourth UD player in double figures with 13 points.

Tyler Seibring reached double figures for the 16th straight game with 22 points for the Phoenix (14-14, 6-9 CAA), while Dainan Swoope contributed 10 points on the night.

The Blue Hens led by as much as 15 twice in the first half, before three-pointers by Dmitri Thompson and Swoope cut the UD advantage to 32-23 at the break. Elon used a seven-point run to close with 46-40 at the 12:15 mark, but Delaware countered with a 20-6 spurt to go up a game-high 20 points at 66-46 with 4:35 to play.

“It’s great to have Ryan Daly back, he takes pressure off Ryan Allen and Eric Carter. It helps to make shots, and we hit some timely three-pointers tonight. I thought we got into a good flow offensively, and were able to space the floor and attack. We’ve spent a lot of time playing zone this week, and our guys are getting a good feel for how to play it. We challenged shots and were able to take them out of their rhythm. We’re playing well and getting healthy, and our guys feel we can beat anybody in the league.”

“We were due for one. Elon is a good team and beat us two weeks ago but we were able to get them back tonight. We were hitting on all cylinders and got a decisive win, so I’m happy about that. We were sharp in our preparation and played a great defensive game. This will help us build momentum into next weekend and the CAA Tournament.”

“It feels great to win, we’ve taken a lot of punches lately but were able to get over the hump. This is a big win.”

• Delaware snapped a nine-game losing streak
• Allen has reached double figures in 13 straight games and hit a three-pointer in 26 consecutive contests
• Daly scored in double digits for the 22nd game in a row
• Daly posted his first double-double of the year and the seventh of his career
• Carter has reached double figures in six of the last seven games
• Delaware improved to 2-7 all-time vs. Elon

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Delaware vs. *James Madison – February 24, 2018 (4 p.m.)
Delaware at CAA Tournament – March 3-6, 2018 (TBA)

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