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Blue Hens Drop Home Contest to William And Mary

NEWARK, Del. – William & Mary raced out to a 21-point halftime lead and never looked back as the Tribe posted a 90-65 victory over the University of Delaware Friday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The Tribe (10-4, 3-0 CAA), which won its third consecutive game, shot 59.6 percent from the field and knocked down 11 three-pointers on the night. Nathan Knight posted his third straight double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Matt Milon tied his career high with 22 points on the strength of six triples.

UD sophomore guard Ryan Daly scored 21 points and hit eight of nine free throws for the Blue Hens (8-8, 1-2 CAA), who dropped their second straight game. Darian Bryant and Skye Johnson each contributed 10 points off the bench, while Ryan Allen added nine of his own. Delaware shot 40.7 percent from the floor and knocked down just 2 of 12 shots from behind the arc.

Allen buried a three-pointer to knot the game at 13-13 at the 14:39 mark of the opening half, but the Tribe scored the next eight points and led the rest of the way. William & Mary used a 19-3 spurt later in the half to go up 23 before Daly converted a layup to make it a 49-28 game at the break.

The Tribe then scored the first seven points of the second half, and the margin never got closer than 25 from there.

HEAD COACH MARTIN INGELSBY
“William & Mary is a talented offensive team with a lot of weapons and they got confident early against us tonight. We got off to a good start offensively and it was a back-and-forth game, but we went into a dry spell and they kept rolling. They were a buzzsaw and we couldn’t really ever dig ourselves out of a hole. This was a tough matchup for us. We have to continue to stay positive and have a short-term memory. We have a chance to come back and play a really talented UNCW team Sunday afternoon.”

DARIAN BRYANT
“Tonight was a very tough challenge, because of the way William & Mary moves the ball and runs their offense. They shoot and make a lot of three-pointers, which is tough to defend. With us only being seven players deep we got tired quickly. Credit William & Mary because they’re a very good team, especially offensively. For the beginning part of the game we were right there and then we got fatigued. We played moments of good defense, but they made a lot of tough shots.”

HEN SCRATCHINGS
• Delaware had its two-game home winning streak snapped
• William & Mary defeated the Blue Hens for the fifth straight meeting
• Daly posted his sixth 20-point effort of the year
• Johnson’s 10 points tied his season-high
• The Tribe reached the 90-point mark for the sixth time this season

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Delaware vs. *UNCW – January 7, 2018 (2 p.m.)
Delaware vs. *Drexel – January 11, 2018 (7 p.m.)
Delaware at *James Madison – January 13, 2018 (4 p.m.)

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