Delaware Men’s Basketball Drops Heartbreaker To Howard, 88-83 in Overtime
December 22, 2011
photos courtesy of Carroll Smith
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Howard University guard Glenn Andrews scored 28 points and hit a game-tying three-pointer to force overtime as the Bison men’s basketball team posted an 88-83 victory over the University of Delaware in an overtime thriller Thursday night at Burr Gymnasium.
The Bison, who improved to 4-9 on the season while snapping a four-game losing streak, also got 16 points from Calvin Thompson and 11 from Dadrian Collins. Andrews, playing in just his third game for Howard after transferring from Tulsa, went 9 of 18 from the field including 6 of 12 from behind the arc as the Bison snapped a three-game skid to the Blue Hens.
Delaware, which dropped to 5-5 on the year, got a career-high 17 points from freshman guard Jarvis Threatt, while junior forward Jamelle Hagins posted his seventh consecutive double-double with 15 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Devon Saddler (at right) reached double figures for the ninth time in 10 games by pouring in 14 points, while Josh Brinkley had 12 for the Blue Hens.
The game was tied at 70-70 in the final minute when Saddler drove the right side before feeding Kyle Anderson (at left), who buried a three-pointer from the right wing to put Delaware in front by three with 43 seconds on the clock.
Collins then missed a three-pointer for Howard, but the Bison grabbed an offensive rebound and called their final time out with 29 seconds on the clock. Andrews then drained a three-pointer from the right corner to knot the game at 70-70, and after Saddler missed a driving layup in the paint, the game went to overtime.
Brinkley opened the extra session with a free throw, but Howard responded with seven consecutive points to go in front 77-71 on two Oliver Ellison free throws with 3:20 to play. However the Blue Hens would not quit, as a driving layup by Khalid Lewis and a three-point play by Saddler tied the game again at 79-79 with a minute and a half left.
But Thompson hit two free throws, and after Saddler missed a layup, Thompson scored inside to put Howard up 83-79 with 23 seconds remaining. Delaware had a final chance when Prince Okorah missed a free throw, giving the Blue Hens possession with six seconds remaining down 86-83. But after Saddler was fouled and missed the first free throw, he was forced to miss the second intentionally. Howard’s Tre Lee grabbed the rebound and was fouled, and hit two free throws to ice the victory for the Bison.
Delaware shot a respectable 43.9 percent from the field during the contest, but the Blue Hens hurt themselves by going just 20 of 37 from the foul line. UD held the Bison to just 38.6 percent shooting for the game, although Howard did go 10 of 22 from behind the arc and connected on 24 of its 30 free throw attempts.
“When you come on the road, you can’t miss 17 free throws and expect to win,” said sixth-year Delaware head coach Monté Ross. “We turned the ball over 15 times, and I didn’t think we played as tough as we needed to play. Offensively we were fine, we just didn’t finish enough possessions at the foul line.”
The game was tight early on, and consecutive three-pointers by Collins gave Howard an early 13-10 lead with 14:14 left in the first half. However the Blue Hens exploded for a 16-0 run, taking a double digit advantage at 26-13 on a floater in the paint by Saddler with 8:57 on the clock. Saddler scored six points during the run, while Threatt drained a pair of three-pointers as the Blue Hens went up double figures.
However the Bison would respond with a flurry of three-pointers, eventually taking the lead at 32-30 on back-to-back long range jumpers by Andrews with 2:56 remaining in the period. The Bison lead eventually grew to five, while a free throw by Lewis brought Delaware within 39-36 at the half.
Delaware connected on 13 of 28 shots from the field in the opening stanza, but Howard kept pace by going 7 of 12 from three-point range.
Inside baskets by Hagins and Brinkley to open the second half quickly put the Blue Hens back on top, but Andrews hit two more three-pointers as Howard went ahead 45-40 with 17:43 left. Two free throws by Threatt and a jumper by Lewis knotted the game at 49-49, but less than a minute later, the Bison scored eight consecutive points to go back up 59-51 with 12:10 left in the game.
Delaware was still down eight at 65-57 with 7:47 left but two free throws by Lewis, a 20-foot jumper by Threatt and a leaner by Saddler brought the Blue Hens within two points at the 6:07 mark.
Ellison answered inside for the Bison, but a jumphook by Brinkley and a dunk by Hagins tied the game at 67-67 with 3:15 to play. After both teams squandered opportunities on their next several possessions, Brinkley blocked a shot by Thompson, giving the Blue Hens possession following a time out with 59 seconds to play. Anderson then hit the big three-pointer to put Delaware in front, but Andrews answered before Howard prevailed in the extra session.
Delaware, which is a perfect 4-0 at home this season, returns to action on Friday, Dec. 30 for a 7 p.m. game against Temple at the Bob Carpenter Center.
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