Andersonís Three-Point Barrage Helps University of Delaware Menís Basketball Hold Off Charleston Southern, 85-80
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Blue Hen junior Kyle Anderson scored a career-high 29 points and tied the school record by hitting eight three-pointers as the University of Delaware men’s basketball team held off Charleston Southern for an impressive 85-80 victory over the Buccaneers Tuesday night at the Buc Dome.
Anderson finished 10 of 12 from the field and 8 of 10 from three-point range, tying the UD single game three-point record also held by Billy Wells and Jawan Carter. Carl Baptiste added his second straight double-double with a career-high 17 points to go with 11 rebounds for the Blue Hens, who won their third straight and fifth of six while improving to 5-3 on the year.
Jarvis Threatt contributed 18 points and six assists for Delaware while Davon Usher chipped in 17 points and seven rebounds for the Blue Hens, who finished 11 of 22 from three-point range and knocked down 20 of 26 free throws. UD reached the 80-point mark for the seventh consecutive game, one shy of the school record set in 1999.
Charleston Southern, which dropped to 3-4 on the season, was led by Will Saunders and Sheldon Strickland who scored 15 points apiece. Arlon Harper added 13 points while Matt Kennedy and Cedrick Bowen contributed 11 each for the Buccaneers, who entered the game ranked second in the nation in scoring but were held 14 points below their average.
CSU, who shot 50 percent from behind the arc during the Bucs’ 95-93 win over the Blue Hens on Nov. 10 in Newark, was limited to just 6 of 25 shooting from behind the arc Tuesday.
“This was a tremendous win, and a very satisfying victory,” said Blue Hen head coach Monté Ross. “Our guys did a heck of a job keeping their composure and poise, and really stuck with it down the stretch. I couldn’t be prouder of the effort tonight; this was an outstanding win.”
“Jarvis (Threatt) did a great job of getting me the ball, and I felt good tonight,” Anderson said. “This was a small, loud gym with soft rims, and it was fun playing here.”
After falling behind 4-0 in the first minute, UD scored six straight points and went up 15-11 on an Anderson three-pointer at the 11:36 mark of the first half. The Bucs battled back to knot the contest at 22-22 but Delaware used a quick seven-point spurt to go back in front, while Anderson again connected from deep to make it a 32-24 UD lead with 3:20 to play.
Following a Charleston Southern bucket, Anderson drained two more triples from the left corner to extend UD’s advantage to 38-26 and force a Bucs timeout at the 2:11 mark. CSU responded with a 7-0 run, but Threatt scored in the paint with three seconds on the clock as Delaware took a 40-33 advantage into the break.
The Blue Hens then exploded out of the second half gate, using a quick 13-2 run to go up 53-35 and force a Bucs timeout with 17:48 to play. The Bucs closed to within 15, but Delaware went back up 20 at 64-44 on a long two-pointer from Anderson with 12 and a half minutes remaining.
An 11-2 run pulled the Bucs within 66-55 at the 9:44 mark but Usher hit a tough turnaround jumper and Baptiste added two free throws, pushing the lead back to 15. The Blue Hens led by double digits for nearly the next five minutes, before a Matt Kennedy three-pointer made it 81-73 with 2:39 to play.
Threatt hit a free throw for the Blue Hens, but Kennedy converted a layup and Strickland buried a three-pointer as the Bucs closed within 82-78 with 1:19 on the clock.
CSU had a chance after Threatt missed inside, but two Bucs three-pointers were off the mark and Baptiste grabbed the defensive rebound. The UD senior then hit one of two free throws at :20.6, and after another CSU miss from three, Baptiste added two more at :08.1 to put the game away.
Delaware will look to extend its winning streak on Saturday at 4 p.m. when the Blue Hens head to ACC opponent Notre Dame to face former head coach Mike Brey.