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Blue Hens Wins Third Straight

NEWARK, Del. – Ryan Allen knocked down five three-pointers to lead four Blue Hens in double figures as Delaware won its third straight game with a 77-65 victory over Elon Saturday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Allen tied his season-high with 19 points for Delaware (11-6, 3-1 CAA), while Eric Carter notched his ninth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Darian Bryant and Kevin Anderson each contributed 11 points, while Matt Veretto had nine and Collin Goss chipped in eight.

The Blue Hens shot 48.9 percent from the field, including 11 of 22 from three-point range.

Steven Santa Ana paced Elon (5-12, 1-3 CAA) with 18 points, while Tyler Seibring added 17 on the night. The Phoenix shot 43.3 percent from the floor, but finished just 8 of 28 from behind the arc.

Elon led 26-17 with eight minutes left in the opening half, but Delaware answered with an 8-0 run to take the lead. The Phoenix went back up three, before the Blue Hens scored 13 of the final 15 points of the stanza to take a 40-32 advantage into the break.

The Phoenix scored the first bucket of the second half, but Delaware then used a 12-3 run to go up 52-37 with 15:45 left and led by at least eight the rest of the way.

Head Coach Martin Ingelsby

“We take pride in being ready to play on our home court, and our guys are starting to gel together. I’m really happy with our group, we have some guys who can put points on the board. We had an efficient offensive output, and I’m happy with Collin Goss and Ryan Johnson’s production off the bench. We did a good job of limiting their three-point shooting and kept them off the foul line. We’re a work in progress but we’re getting better. Our group is coming along, and the chemistry is as good as it’s been since I’ve been here.”

Ryan Allen

“With the team we have, I don’t feel any pressure to contribute. I’m just trying to help our team win any way I can.”

Eric Carter

“We’ve done an unbelievable job of playing defense over the last three games, which is what we hang our hat on. Ryan is one of our top shooters, and he keyed our offense tonight. Guys are really happy for each other’s success, and we’re just trying to keep it going.”

Game Notes:

  • Delaware defeated Elon at home for the third year in a row
  • Allen has reached double figures in five of his six games this year
  • Carter has led UD in rebounds in all but one game this season
  • Ryan Johnson tied his season-best with six rebounds
  • Delaware held a 35-28 rebounding advantage
  • The Blue Hens took 28 free throws while Elon attempted just five

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