NEWARK, DE - It was all about the finish and not the start for the
University of Delaware men's basketball team Friday night as the Blue
Hens fell behind by 10 points in the opening minutes but rallied to take
the lead at the half and stormed past Penn in the second stanza for an
83-60 triumph at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Delaware, which snapped a two-game losing streak, downed the Quakers for
the second time this season as four Blue Hens scored in double figures
on the way to the easy 23-point victory.
Sophomore guard Jarvis Threatt recorded a season-high 18 points, senior
forward Jamelle Hagins picked up his eighth double-double of the season
with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and junior guard Devon Saddler and
freshman guard Terrell Rogers each chipped with 10 points in the
balanced Delaware effort. Redshirt freshman Marvin King-Davis came off
the bench to add a career-high eight points.
Delaware (4-8) overcame a tough shooting night (39 percent) that
included missing its first 13 three-point attempts, by committing just
seven turnovers for the game and holding a commanding 51-35 advantage on
The Blue Hens, who now head into a 10-day break before continuing action
Dec. 31 at home against Rider, handled Penn for the second time in five
weeks after also defeating the Quakers 84-69 in the opening round of the
NIT Tip-Off Tournament Nov. 12 at Charlottesville, Va. Delaware's top
two scoring outputs this season have both come against Penn.
Penn (2-8), which lost it third straight game, got big efforts from
forwards Fran Dougherty and Greg Louis, who combined for 37 points and
20 rebounds. Louis, a sophomore who entered the game averaging just 3.3
points and 1.9 rebounds per outing, recorded a couple of career-highs
with team-bests of 19 points and 11 rebounds while Dougherty added 18
points and nine caroms. Louis' previous career-highs were just eight
points and three rebounds.
The Quakers played without four of their top five scorers - Miles
Cartwright (14.3 ppg), Tony Hicks (5.1 ppg), Steve Rennard (4.4 ppg),
and Henry Brooks (4.0 ppg) - who all sat out for violations of team
rules. But it didn't seem to matter early on as the Quakers stormed out
to a 12-2 lead just three minutes into the contest as they hit five
straight shots while the Hens missed four of their first five attempts.
Penn still led 16-6 six minutes into the game, but the Blue Hens chipped
away at the margin and eventually used a layup by Threatt with 3:15 left
in the half to take their first lead at 25-24. Delaware then used a 7-2
run to take a 32-26 lead at the break. In all, the Hens scored 13 of the
final 15 points of the half.
That momentum continued into the second half as the Hens took control
early, knocking down their first seven shots from the field, including
back-to-back three-pointers by Saddler, and using a 20-4 run to take a
52-31 lead just over four minutes into the stanza. Penn never got closer
than 13 points the rest of the way.
"We were physically ready to play but not mentally ready to go," said
Delaware head coach Monté Ross of his team's slow start. "But the bench
guys came in and gave us a boost. We got a lot of good looks in the
first half and were able to throw the ball inside. This was our best
ball movement game of the season and when we do that well, we are a
pretty good team. It was very important for us to finish the first half
well and start the second half well. That was the key tonight."
Dougherty, 8-14 2-3 18, Louis, 7-17 4-4 19, Lewis, 2-8 0-0 5, Crocker,
2-3 1-1 5, Jok, 1-8 1-2 4, Gunter, 0-3 0-0 0, Lucas-Perry, 3-6 0-0 9,
Totals, 23-59 8-10 60.
Baptiste, 1-3 1-1 3, Hagins, 8-15 2-2 18, Threatt, 7-15 4-5 18, Saddler,
4-12 2-2 12, Anderson, 3-11 0-0 8, Rogers, 3-7 4-4 12, McNulty, 0-2 0-0
0, Savage, 0-2 0-0 0, King-Davis, 4-7 0-0 8, Townsville, 0-2 0-0 0,
Brinkley, 2-5 0-0 4, Williams, 0-0 0-0 0, Totals, 32-81 13-14 83.
Halftime Score: Delaware 32, Penn 26; Three-Point Field Goals: P - 6-23
(Lucas-Perry, 3-5, Louis, 1-5, Lewis, 1-3, Jok, 1-7, Dougherty, 0-2,
Gunter, 0-1), D- 6-24 (Saddler, 2-6, Anderson, 2-9, Rogers, 2-4,
Threatt, 0-2, McNulty, 0-1, Townsville, 0-1, McNulty, 0-1); Rebounds: P
- 35 (Louis, 9), D - 51 (Hagins, 13); Assists: P - 13 (Crocker, 5), D -
14 (Threatt, 4); Total Fouls: P - 15, D - 10; Attendance: 2,018.