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NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware stormed back from a 10-point deficit midway through the second half and took the lead for good with just under three minutes left to play on the way to a 75-73 Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball victory over Old Dominion Monday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The Blue Hens (13-12, 8-4 CAA) continued their winning ways as they won for the fifth time in the last six outings and swept the season series from the Monarchs for the first time since the 2002-03 season.
Delaware junior Devon Saddler (at right) led four Blue Hen starters in double figures as he scored 17 of his game-high 24 points in the second half.
He reached the 20-point mark for the fourth straight game, surpassed the 1,500-point mark for his career, and extended his streak of scoring double figures to 31 straight game, the second longest current streak in NCAA Division I men's basketball.
Also for the Blue Hens, sophomore guard Kyle Anderson netted all of his 12 points on four first-half three-pointers, senior forward Josh Brinkley scored 10 points and pulled six rebounds, and sophomore guard Jarvis Threatt (below left) recorded his second straight double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to go with a game-high six assists.
"We had to dig deep to get this win, and I'm glad that were able to stay together and pull it out," said Delaware head coach Monté Ross. "Marvin (King-Davis) and Larry (Savage) came off the bench and did a heckuva job getting us going in the second half. And Devon is a warrior. He hates to lose so badly. He made some big plays for us down the stretch."
Old Dominion (3-22, 1-12 CAA), which fell to 1-9 on the road this season, also had four scorers reach double figures as DeShawn Painter led the way with his eighth double-double of the season with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Donte Hill and Dimitri Batten each contributed 15 points while Aaron Bacote knocked down 10 points.
The Monarchs, playing their third game under interim head coach Jim Corrigan after long-time coach Blaine Taylor was let go last week, led 52-42 with 11:27 left to play before the Blue Hens came storming back.
Old Dominion led by as much seven points in the opening half before Delaware rallied and took its biggest lead at 34-29 with 1:57 left in the stanza. But the Monarchs rallied back and narrowed the UD halftime lead to 34-33.
The Monarchs dominated the early part of the second half as they grabbed the lead at 39-38 on a layup by Keenan Palmore and scored 14 of the next 18 points to take a double-digit advantage at 52-42 with 11:27 remaining.
Delaware still trailed by eight points at 59-51 with 8:58 before mounting their impressive comeback. The Hens, behind the inspired play of Saddler and backup frontcourt players Savage (eight points) and King-Davis (five rebounds), used an 8-2 run capped by two Saddler free throws with 5:05 to knot the score at 63-63.
Old Dominion regained the lead at 66-63 on a three-pointer by Painter, but the Hens took off on an 8-0 run to take control as Brinkley, Saddler, and Threatt hit consecutive baskets and Saddler capped the run with two free throws with 24 seconds remaining for a 71-66 lead.
Threatt added two more free throws with 16 seconds left and Saddler added two more himself with six seconds to clinch the decision. ODU's Hill hit a three-pointer just before the final buzzer for the final margin.
Delaware will get right back on the court Wednesday night as the Hens travel to Boston to take on league-leading Northeastern at 7 p.m. at Matthews Arena. The Blue Hens, currently in third place in the CAA standings, will be looking to avenge a 74-70 setback to the Huskies Jan. 19 in Newark.