Delaware Falls to UNCW 91-81 in Battle of Hot-Shooting Teams
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men’s basketball team finally discovered its offense Saturday night. Unfortunately for the Blue Hens, UNCW never lost theirs.
Delaware poured in its highest scoring output in over a month and shot 60 percent from the field in the second half but it wasn’t enough as the Blue Hens dropped a 91-81 back-and-forth Colonial Athletic Association barnburner at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The Blue Hens (7-10, 0-4 CAA), who had failed to reach the 60-point mark in five of the previous six games, fought back to tie the defending CAA champions early in the second half but Delaware couldn’t keep up with the hot-shooting Seahawks on the way to its fourth straight loss.
UNCW (15-2, 4-0 CAA), which won its fourth straight game, shot 57.7 percent from the field for the game (30 of 52), hit on 13 of 21 shots from the field in the second half, and knocked down a season-high 13 of 31 three-pointers for the game as the Seahawks answered every Blue Hen threat in the second half.
Delaware freshman guard Ryan Daly continued his outstanding play as he hit on 10 of 16 shots from the field and finished with a career-high 28 points to go with a team-high six rebounds.
He was joined by three other double-digit scorers as Chivarsky Corbett (below/photo by Jeff Fannon) came off the bench to net a season-high matching 18 points, Anthony Mosley (left; photo by Jeff Fannon) scored 15 points and dished out six assists, and Cazmon Hayes contributed 11 points. Daly’s 28 points were the fourth highest single game total ever by a UD freshman.
"I thought we really competed well tonight, and if we compete like that every night, we're going to win some games," Blue Hen head coach Martin Ingelsby said. "We did a good job of handling their pressure, throwing it over the top for some easy baskets. Skye (Johnson) gave us some really important minutes, and Chivarsky (Corbett) really competed. I love the competitiveness and fearlessness of the group tonight. We are close to getting over the hump."
UNCW, which entered the game averaging a CAA-leading 86.6 points per game (13th in NCAA), placed all five starters in double figures as C.J. Bryce connected for a career-high 27 points on 10 of 14 shooting, Denzel Ingram knocked down five treys and finished with 23 points and a game-high eight assists, Devontae Cacok added 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season, Chris Flemmings contributed 12 points, and Ambrose Mosley chipped in with 11 points and five assists.
The Blue Hens scored their highest point total and had their best shooting percentage since an 84-51 win over Bryn Athyn on Nov. 27 in which Delaware shot .586 from the field. Unfortunately the Hens gave up over 90 points for the second straight game after dropping a 90-54 verdict at Northeastern Thursday night.
Opponents continued to be marksmen from long range against the Hens as Delaware allowed UNCW to hit 13 of 31 three-point attempts Saturday night after Northeastern was 21 of 33.
UNCW used a 14-0 run over a span of five minutes in the opening half to take a 33-14 lead but the Blue Hens fought back with a 9-1 run of its own and cut the margin to 40-35 at the break. Delaware came out strong in the second half by making its first seven shots and tying things up at 50-50 on a Daly three-pointer with 16:50 left.
But that would be the last share of the lead the Hens would enjoy all night. UNCW followed with a 10-3 run to go up 60-53 but Delaware fought back by scoring six of the next seven points to pull to within two.
But the Seahawks answered with consecutive three-pointers from Ingram and led by at least five points the rest of the way. UNCW knocked down 8 of 15 three-pointers in the second half to keep the Hens at bay.
"Our competitive spirit was a lot higher tonight, we really came together and gave the best team in the league a tough game," said Daly, who has now scored in double figures in eight of the last nine games. "We're not into moral victories, but will use this as a step forward."
• Delaware placed four scorers in double figures for just the second time this season (four vs. Bryn Athyn)
• The Hens will seek their first CAA victory of the season Jan. 12 when they head to rival Towson
• UNCW now leads the all-time series with Delaware by a 20-11 margin but won for just the second time in the last nine visits to the BCC
• Delaware scored 18 points above its season scoring average of 63.2
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