Backcourt Duo of Threatt, Anderson Leads Delaware Men's Basketball Past Hampton, 90-79
The Blue Hens, who had suffered a pair of close two-point losses to open the season, picked up their first victory of the campaign while improving to 1-2 on the year. Hampton, which opened the season with wins over William & Mary and St. Peter’s, dropped to 2-1 on the campaign.
Threatt’s 27 points were a season-high, while he also added nine rebounds, a career-best eight assists and four steals in the all-around effort. Anderson set his career-high by pouring in 24 points, going 9 of 12 from the field including a perfect 6 of 6 from behind the arc.
Senior forward Carl Baptiste set his career-best for the second consecutive game with 15 points on the afternoon while sophomore Marvin King-Davis, making his first career start, tied his career-high with eight points. Davon Usher also had a solid performance for the Blue Hens, finishing with nine points, nine rebounds and six assists.
The Blue Hens, playing their first game without leading scorer Devon Saddler who is currently suspended from the team, were not affected offensively as Delaware shot 48.4 percent from the field, finished 8 of 11 from behind the arc and reached the 90-point mark for the second consecutive contest.
Du’Vaughn Maxwell paced the Pirates with 24 points on 10 of 16 shooting from the floor, while Deron Powers added 17 points and Emmanuel Okoroba notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Hampton led 12-10 early but the Blue Hens used an 8-0 run, culminated with two Anderson three-pointers, to go up 18-12 five and a half minutes into the game. Two minutes later Barnett Harris converted the first two field goals of his career to put UD up nine, while a Threatt jumper and three-pointer on consecutive possessions made it a 30-16 game at the 10:19 mark.
The lead remained in double figures for most of the half, and after the Pirates closed within nine, Usher scored in the final seconds to put Delaware up 45-34 at the break.
The Blue Hens opened the second half with a quick 7-0 run to take their largest lead of the day at 52-34 with 18:10 to play when Threatt found Anderson for a layup.
Later Anderson buried a three-pointer to make it 59-44, and after the Pirates closed within 10, another 7-0 Blue Hen spurt increased the margin to 68-51 and forced a Hampton time out with 12:37 remaining.
It was still a 70-53 game following yet another Anderson bucket, but Hampton scored eight consecutive points to get within single digits. Baptiste hit an 18-foot jumper to put Delaware back up 11, but the Pirates used another 8-0 run to make it a 74-71 game with seven minutes to play.
Hampton again clawed within three at 76-73, but Anderson buried his sixth three-pointer of the day before King-Davis converted a tip-in to up the Blue Hen advantage to 81-73 with four minutes to go. Baptiste then added a free throw and a jumper to put Delaware up 11, and the Blue Hens were not threatened from there.
“I thought Jarvis did a magnificent job of getting everybody involved and controlling the game,” said eighth-year Blue Hen head coach Monté Ross. “He really controlled the pace of the game and looked for his own shot as well. It was a phenomenal shooting effort by Kyle - he was really aggressive and looking for his shot. We also got across the board rebounding today, as we have all year. Anytime you can get a road win against a team that’s 2-0, that’s a big deal.”
• Delaware improved to 5-1 all-time against Hampton, with five straight wins
• The Blue Hens are now a perfect 3-0 at the HU Convocation Center
• Hampton had allowed just 64.0 points during its first two games
• Four different Blue Hens have scored at least 24 points during UD’s last two games
• Delaware is back on the road Tuesday with a 7 p.m. tilt at Army