January 30, 2013

Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
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Athlete photoNEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men's basketball team got solid contributions throughout the lineup Wednesday night as the Blue Hens grabbed the lead early and held off William & Mary in the second half for a 66-56 Colonial Athletic Association victory at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Junior guard Devon Saddler (above right) led three Blue Hens in double figures as he scored a game-high 19 points, surpassing the 1,400-point mark for his career and reaching double figures for the 27th straight game since last season.

Kyle Anderson (at left) scored 16 points with four three-pointers and pulled a career-high nine rebounds for the Hens, Jamelle Hagins added 12 points and seven boards, Josh Brinkley contributed seven points and eight rebounds, and Larry Savage (below right) came off the bench to add a career-high seven points to lead the balanced effort.

Athlete photoThe Hens (10-11, 5-3 CAA) won their second straight game and continued their dominance over William & Mary as they downed the Tribe for the fourth straight time and for the 15th time in the last 17 meetings. Delaware is now 10-3 all-time vs. William & Mary in Newark, having won 9 of the last 10 matchups.

William & Mary (8-12, 2-7 CAA) lost for the ninth time in the last 10 outings and extended its road losing streak to seven games with the loss. Tribe guard Marcus Thornton poured in a game-high 22 points - his 22nd straight game in double figures - while Tim Rusthoven contributed 13 points.

“We were very prepared for what they were doing tonight and our guys did a phenomenal job,” said Delaware head coach Monté Ross. “Our focus and determination on defense was good for the entire 35 seconds (each possession), and offensively, we did a nice job of sharing the ball and getting good looks.”

Delaware held a commanding 43-31 advantage on the boards and forced the Tribe into 22 of 58 shooting from the field (37.9 percent), including 9 of 30 from beyond the three-point line. The Tribe did not help itself with 3 of 10 shooting from the foul line.

Athlete photoThe Blue Hens grabbed the lead on a layup by Saddler just under four minutes into the game and never trailed the rest of the way as they took a 27-19 lead into intermission.

Delaware built its lead to as many as 18 points at 37-19 four minutes into the second stanza as a three-pointer by Anderson capped a 10-0 run to start the second stanza.

But Delaware never could pull away until the final minutes. William & Mary cut the lead to 41-34 with 11:23 left, but the Hens responded with a 7-0 run to take control. The Tribe cut the lead into single digits two more times but could never get closer than eight the rest of the way.

The Hens will return to action this Saturday, Feb. 2, when they host UNCW at 2 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center.