PHILADELPHIA – The University of Delaware men's basketball team shot
56.9 percent from the field and got monster games from Jamelle Hagins
and Devon Saddler, but it wasn't enough as Temple also used an
impressive shooting performance to outlast the Blue Hens, 80-75, Sunday
afternoon at the Liacouras Center.
Hagins scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed a game-best 12
rebounds to record his fourth double-double of the season for Delaware,
which fell to 2-4 while dropping its third consecutive game, all to
Saddler recorded his third consecutive 20-point outing by pouring in 25
points on the day. Hagins went 11 of 17 from the field while Saddler was
10 of 18, as the outstanding duo combined to go 21 of 35 from the field.
They also combined to score 30 straight UD points from the 16:44 mark to
the 2:21 mark of the second half.
Kyle Anderson added nine points for the Blue Hens, while Carl Baptiste
contributed six and Larry Savage tied his career-high with six points
off the bench. Those were the only five players who scored for Delaware,
which was playing without Josh Brinkley who missed his second straight
game with a right ankle injury and Jarvis Threatt who sat out with an
abdominal injury suffered Friday against Pitt. However the short-handed
Blue Hens still connected on 29 of their 51 field goal attempts and were
13 of 18 from the foul line.
Temple, which improved to 3-0 on the year and defeated Delaware for the
18th straight meeting, placed four players in double figures while
shooting 48.1 percent from the field.
The Owls hit 26 of their 54 field gaol attempts and knocked down 11
three-pointers in 29 shots from behind the arc. Scootie Randall led the
way with 18 points and eight rebounds, while preseason first team
Atlantic 10 selection Khalif Wyatt also scored 18 points while handing
out seven assists. Jake O'Brien contributed 13 points off the bench for
Temple, while Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had 10 points and four steals.
Temple took a 41-34 lead into the half, and after Baptiste opened the
second period with a jumper, the Owls quickly used a 9-0 spurt to take
their largest lead of the day at 50-36 with 17:49 to play. However
Delaware came right back with a pair of three-pointers by Anderson and
Saddler, getting within single digits at 50-42 with 16:44 to the clock.
O'Brien added two free throws for the Owls, but Saddler buried a
straightaway three and Hagins scored inside as UD closed within 52-47 at
the 14:46 mark. Delaware later pulled within three points, and following
a Dalton Pepper three-pointer, Saddler hit an acrobatic layup and Hagins
converted a three-point play to make it a 62-61 game with eight and a
half minutes remaining.
Temple answered with six consecutive points but Delaware would not go
away, as Hagins twice scored inside to cut the Owls' margin to 70-67
with 3:05 to go. Following a Hollis-Jefferson basket Hagins scored
again, and after a Hagins block, the Blue Hens had a chance to pull
within one. But Baptiste's jumper rimmed out, and Hollis-Jefferson hit
two free throws to make it 74-69 with 1:34 left.
Anderson then had an 18-foot jumper fall off the rim, while Wyatt added
a pair of foul shots to up the margin to seven with 59.4 seconds to
play. However the Blue Hens would not quit, as Hagins hit one free throw
and Baptiste added two to make it 77-73 with 24.8 seconds left. Delaware
had a chance after Randall missed a pair from the line, but Terrell
Rogers' contested three-pointer was off the mark.
Following a free throw by the Owls' Anthony Lee, Saddler hit a jumper
with 1.3 seconds to play, but Randall put the game away with two free
throws with one second on the clock.
"It was a pretty entertaining game, and it was well-played from an
offensive standpoint," said seventh-year Blue Hen head coach Monté Ross.
"We weren't able to get stops when we needed to, but you have to give
Temple credit for that. We know we have the ability to shoot the ball
well, but we pride ourselves on our ability to shut down other teams,
and we didn't get that done today. Our group isn't going to give up, we
have some great leaders and they're not going to succumb to adversity.
Prior to today we weren't doing a great job of getting Jamelle (Hagins)
the ball, but he was pretty good today."
Delaware jumped out to a 4-0 lead, before a 9-1 Temple run gave the Owls
an early four-point advantage at the 16:15 mark of the first half.
Baskets by Hagins and Saddler tied the game, but Temple used three
triples to extend the margin to 20-13 with 11:10 on the clock.
Delaware would respond as a three-pointer by Anderson brought the Blue
Hens within a pair, but O'Brien and Pepper answered with three-pointers
to make it a 28-20 game with six minutes to play. O'Brien hit another
shot from behind the arc to put the Owls up 34-24, but Delaware would
answer by scoring on six consecutive possessions during a Blue Hen 10-4
run. However Randall drained a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer as
Temple took a 41-34 advantage into the break.
Delaware, which shot just 29 percent during Friday's first half against
PItt, went 14 of 24 from the field in the opening 20 minutes for a 58.3
percentage. However the Owls hit 15 of their 30 field gaol attempts in
the stanza, including 8 of 16 from three-point range.
The Blue Hens will look to get back into the win column on Wednesday
when Delaware travels to Lafayette for a 7 p.m. contest with the Leopards.
Baptiste, 2-4 2-4 6, Hagins, 11-17 7-9 29, Saddler, 10-18 3-3 25,
Rogers, 0-2 0-0 0, Anderson, 3-6 1-2 9, Savage, 3-3 0-0 6, King-Davis,
0-1 0-0 0, Townsville, 0-0 0-0 0, Totals, 29-51 13-18 75.
Lee, 1-1 4-6 6, Hollis-Jefferson, 3-6 4-4 10, Randall, 6-16 3-5 18,
Wyatt, 6-12 4-6 18, Cummings, 3-4 0-0 6, DiLeo, 1-1 0-0 3, Pepper, 2-6
0-0 6, O'Brien, 4-7 2-2 13, DeCosey, 0-1 0-0 0, Totals, 26-54 17-23 80.
Halftime: Temple 41, Delaware 34. Three-Point Field Goals: UD – 4-12
(Anderson, 2-4, Saddler, 2-6, Hagins, 0-1, Rogers, 0-1); TU – 11-29
(Randall, 3-9, O'Brien, 3-5, Wyatt, 2-7, Pepper, 2-5, DiLeo, 1-1,
Cummings, 0-1, DeCosey, 0-1); Rebounds: UD – 27 (Hagins, 12); TU – 29
(Randall, 8); Assists: UD - 9 (Saddler, Rogers, 3); TU - 18 (Wyatt, 7);
Fouls: UD - 18; TU - 17. Attendance: 5158.