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Delaware Scores CAA Win

NEWARK, Del. – Darian Bryant keyed a second half comeback and the Blue Hens got some key late defensive stops for the second straight game as Delaware edged William & Mary, 58-56, Thursday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Delaware (10-6, 2-1 CAA) trailed for most of the night, but used a seven-point run to take the lead for good at 53-49 on a Bryant layup with 4:38 remaining. William & Mary (6-9, 2-1 CAA) pulled within a point, but the Blue Hens extended the margin to 57-52 following two Ithiel Horton free throws with 39 seconds left.

The Tribe closed within a pair, and had a chance to win following two missed foul shots by Ryan Allen. However Paul Rowley and Matt Milon each missed contested three-pointers in the final seconds as the Blue Hens escaped with the win.

Horton finished with 15 points for Delaware, while Eric Carter notched his eighth double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Bryant contributed 11 points, all but two in the second half, while Allen also had 11 to go with four assists.

Milon scored a game-high 19 points for the Tribe, while Nathan Knight added 12 on the night.

Both teams struggled from the field, with Delaware shooting 38.2 percent and William & Mary hitting 42.9 percent of its shots. The Tribe also hurt itself by going just 6 of 17 from the foul line.

William & Mary jumped out to an early 17-5 lead, and eventually took a 28-21 advantage into the half. The Tribe again extended the margin to 12 twice early in the second period, before a Bryant triple at the 5:40 mark gave the Blue Hens the lead for good.

Head Coach Martin Ingelsby

“We just kept talking about persevering and grinding. I can’t say enough about Darian Bryant, and this group is learning how to win and believe. It was not an easy offensive night, but we showed a semblance of ourselves in the second half. We were tough defensively in the second half, and I’m proud of our group to hold them to 56 points.”

Ithiel Horton

“When we got down, we just needed to trust who we are and what we do. We were better defensively in the second half, and we really locked in. William & Mary is good, but I like how we’re playing the last few days.”

Darian Bryant

“I have a tremendous amount of confidence in our guys. We got off to a slow start in the first half, but my teammates did a great job of finding me and I stepped up and made some shots late. We just have to be resilient, and keep battling and battling. This was a collective effort for all of us.”

Game Notes:

  • Delaware snapped a six-game losing streak to William & Mary
  • The Tribe had its two-game winning streak halted
  • The Blue Hens held an 18-4 edge in points off turnovers
  • Delaware limited William & Mary to only two second chance points
  • The Blue Hens led for just 6:03 during the game
  • Horton led UD in scoring for the second consecutive game

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