NEWARK, Del. – Delaware trailed by six points with 2:15 remaining but scored nine of the game’s final 10 points to pull out a dramatic 68-66 comeback victory over James Madison on Saturday at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The Blue Hens (13-18, 6-12 CAA) were down 65-59 late in the contest, but Ryan Allen hit a jumper and Anthony Mosley found Darian Bryant for a layup to make it a two-point game with 1:31 to play. Following a missed jumper by the Dukes (9-21, 5-12 CAA), Bryant (below) buried a three-pointer from the left corner to put Delaware in front for good.

Eric Carter (left) then added two free throws, before JMU’s Matt Lewis was fouled with two seconds on the clock. Lewis made the first free throw but missed the second intentionally, and after Carter missed two foul shots, the Dukes’ last second heave was off the mark.

Ryan Daly led a balanced Blue Hen effort with 14 points, while Bryant added a season-high 13 points off the bench. Carter, Allen and Mosley all contributed 11 points, with Carter adding a game-high 11 rebounds to post his 11th double-double of the season.

Lewis paced James Madison with 23 points, while fellow freshman Darius Banks tied his career-high with 20 of his own.

The Blue Hens led for virtually the entire first half, and were up as many as nine before settling for a 28-26 halftime edge. Delaware still led by a pair at 54-52 at the 7:39 mark, and after the Dukes went up six with an 11-3 run, the Blue Hens closed the game with a spurt of their own to pull out the win.

“It’s been an emotional couple of days for us, but our group stays together and believes. We were down six late in the game, and did it with our man-to-man defense. We have a fearless group and they went for it. We got stops and were able to get a couple of baskets in transition. We’re playing good basketball. We’ll take it one game at a time at the CAA Tournament. Why not us? This week will be good for us to get healthy, and then we’ll have two good days of practice before heading to Charleston.”

“I’m proud of my career, I wouldn’t trade these four years for anything. I love UD, and everything has worked out great. I know we can beat anybody in the league, so we’ll go down there and try to get four in a row.”

“This was a great team win, and a great way to send out the seniors. We battled all day, like we always do. Hitting the three-pointer was a great feeling, the crowd is our backbone and the energy was amazing in here today.” 

• Delaware will be the seventh, eighth or ninth seed in the CAA Tournament
• The Blue Hens defeated JMU for the fourth straight meeting
• Daly reached double figures for the 24th consecutive game
• Allen scored in double digits for the 15th straight game and hit a three-pointer in his 28th consecutive game
• Carter has notched a double-double in six of the last nine contests
• JMU freshmen scored the Dukes’ first 52 points of the game
• UD honored Mosley and fellow senior Skye Johnson in a pregame ceremony

Delaware at CAA Tournament (North Charleston, S.C.) – March 3-6, 2018 (TBA)

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