University of Delaware Men’s Basketball Wins Big in Home Opener, Overwhelms Howard 66-34
November 19, 2010
At right: Josh Brinkley; Bottom left: Jawan Carter (Photos Courtesy of Keith Lovett)
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware broke out to a 17-point halftime lead and then used a 25-0 run in the second half to overwhelm Howard and run off with 66-34 non-league men’s basketball victory in the Blue Hens’ home opener Friday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The Blue Hens (1-2), who won their first game of the season after opening with road losses to 2010 NCAA Tournament opponents Ohio University and Cornell, returned to familiar ground and were never seriously threatened. Howard dropped to 1-2 on the season.
Delaware senior guard Jawan Carter bombed away for a game-high 24 points on a school-record eight three pointers as the Blue Hens posted their most one-sided victory since a 75-40 win over Colonial Athletic Association foe James Madison back on Jan. 15, 2005.
Everyone got in on the act for Delaware as sophomore center Jamelle Hagins had six points, pulled 10 rebounds, and recorded six of the Blue Hens’ 12 blocked shots on the night. Junior Hakim McCullar added nine points and six rebounds while freshman guard Devon Saddler contributed six points, four rebounds, and a team-high eight assists.
Howard, which shot just 20 percent from the field for the game, including 2 of 13 from beyond the three-point line, got team highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds from forward Mike Phillips but the forward was just 6 of 23 from the field. No other Bison player managed to score more than four points as Howard connected on just 6 of 34 second half shots from the field (17.6 percent).
“I’m extremely happy with our defensive effort,” said fifth-year Delaware head coach Monté Ross, whose team is looking to improve upon last year’s 13-19 record. “We did what we needed to do on the defensive end for the entire 40 minutes. Jamelle (Hagins) has been rebounding great and blocking shots, and obviously Jawan (Carter) shot the ball pretty well tonight.”
The 34 points allowed was the lowest for a Delaware team since the Blue Hens defeated Ursinus 69-32 way back on Dec. 21, 1961.
Carter, a pre-season All-CAA selection, was held scoreless in Delaware’s 75-61 setback at Cornell Wednesday night when he missed on all seven shots from the field, but he bounced back in a big way by knocking down 8 of 14 three-pointers and posted his 20th career 20-point effort. The eight three-pointers tied the UD single game record of eight set by Billy Wells vs. Hartford on Feb. 24, 2000 while his 14 attempts set a new Delaware standard.
Delaware used a 9-1 run late in the first half to take control and went into the break up 33-16. The 17-point cushion marked the Hens’ largest lead at the half since Dec. 19, 2007 when Delaware took a 33-15 lead into intermission vs. Vermont.
But the fun was just starting for the Blue Hens. Phillips helped Howard cut the lead to 33-18 on a layup just 38 seconds into the second half, but the Bison would miss their next 17 shots from the field before finally scoring again on a free throw by Phillips. By that time the Hens had built the lead to 58-19 thanks to the 25-0 run. Howard did not convert a field goal again until Bryce Fluellen knocked down a three-pointer with 9:09 left to play.
Carter opened the run with a three-pointer and added four more treys, including one with 9:55 left that gave the Hens their biggest lead of the night at 40 points at 58-18. Hagins led the defense during the run as he swatted away five shots and pulled six rebounds in a stretch of 7:34.
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