Threatt's Record-Breaking Day Sparks Delaware Comeback as Blue Hens Knock Off Georgia State 77-74 in Double Overtime
January 21, 2012
Photos Courtesy of Chris Permar
NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware freshman guard Jarvis Threatt (at right) came off the bench to spark a comeback with a UD freshman single game scoring record 30 points as the Blue Hens knocked off Georgia State 77-74 in double overtime Saturday afternoon in Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball action at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Threatt, who knocked down six of Delaware's season-high 12 three-pointers, connected on six free throws in the second overtime period as Delaware (8-10, 4-4 CAA) snapped a three-game losing streak.
Delaware, which defeated the Panthers for the third straight time, finished strong after a tough start that saw the Blue Hens miss their first 14 shots from the field and fall behind 14-0 in the first eight minutes of the game.
Threatt, whose previous high was 17 points against Howard back on Dec. 22, broke the UD single season scoring record by a freshman, besting the mark of 27 by UD Hall of Famer and former all-time leading scorer Ken Luck vs. Rider back on March 2, 1979 and by Devon Saddler at Rider on February 19, 2011.
Threatt, who entered the game averaging just 5.6 points per game, connected on 10 of 15 shots from the field, drained 6 of 9 three-pointers, including his first six attempts, and also added six rebounds and three steals. The six three-pointers was the second highest single game total in UD history.
Saddler (at left) chipped in with 17 points, seven rebounds, and five assists while Jamelle Hagins added 12 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocks before fouling out in the second overtime and Kyle Anderson contributed 11 points and a season-high eight rebounds. Hagins’ double-double was his 11th of the season.
“This was a really exciting ball game and I’m just glad we came out on top,” said Delaware head coach Monté Ross, whose team played its first double overtime game since last Feb. 9 vs. VCU. “This game speaks to the talent that Jarvis has. It took him a little while to adjust to the college game but he understands it now. This was a big game for us and we are really happy to get the win.”
Georgia State (13-6, 5-3 CAA), one of the league's surprise teams this season after winning 11 straight games at one point under first-year head coach Ron Hunter, dropped its second straight game. The Panthers were led by Eric Buckner's 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds while Jihad Ali added 14 points and seven rebounds, Devonta White dropped in 13 points, and Brandon McGee contributed 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Buckner and McGee both recorded their first double-doubles of the season.
Delaware led the entire second overtime as the Hens scored the first five points of the stanza behind a dunk by Josh Brinkley, a free throw by Anderson, and a Threatt layup, and held off the Panthers. Two free throws each by Threatt and Saddler in the final 11 seconds helped UD lock down the victory.
The Hens had sent the game into a second extra session after rallying. A three-pointer by Anderson with 2:34 tied the game at 64-64 but Georgia State pulled ahead on a layup by McGee with 2:15 left. No one scored again until a layup by Hagins with 58 seconds left tied things at 66-66. The Panthers had the chance to win the game in regulation but McGee and Buckner missed short jumpers in the final seconds.
A tough start to the game put the Hens behind early as Delaware missed its first 14 shots from the field and trailed 14-0 before a three-pointer from Saddler with 12:06 left finally put UD on the board. Strong shooting by Delaware the rest of the way helped Delaware cut the deficit to 33-31 at the break. Threatt kept the Hens in the game as he knocked down all five of his long-range attempts and finished with 15 points during the stanza.
A three-pointer by Anderson in the first minute of the second half gave Delaware its first lead of the day at 34-33, but Georgia State followed with a 7-0 run and led for the next 17 minutes, going up by as much as eight points at 53-45 with 9:18 remaining in regulation.
Delaware finally regained the lead in the final minutes of regulation as Saddler drained a three-pointer with 1:02 left to give the Hens a 60-59 advantage. Neither team scored again until the final seconds of play as each teamed turned the ball over and Anderson missed a free throw.
Hagins blocked a shot by Josh Micheaux with two seconds left but Bruckner got the rebound and was fouled by Hagins on the follow. Bruckner missed the first free throw attempt but knocked down the second one to send the game into overtime tied at 66-66.
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