NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men's basketball squad closed
out 2012 in style Monday afternoon as four Blue Hen starters scored in
double figures and Josh Brinkley and Jamelle Hagins dominated inside in
a 73-66 non-league victory over Rider at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Hagins, the nation's No. 2 leading rebounder at 12.2 per game, posted
his ninth double-double this season with 14 points and 16 rebounds and
Brinkley dropped in a season-high 17 points to go with eight rebounds as
the Blue Hens (5-8) won their second straight game.
Rider (6-8), which lost its fourth straight contest, got 13 points each
from Daniel Stewart and Nurideen Lindsey with Jonathan Thompson adding
10 points to go with team-highs of seven rebounds and four assists.
Delaware, which snapped a personal four-game losing streak to the
Broncs, also got 12 points and a season-high seven assists from Devon
Saddler while Jarvis Threatt pitched in with 12 points and Kyle Anderson
added nine points on three three-pointers.
The Blue Hens, playing for the first time in 10 days, held a commanding
52-31 advantage on the boards to overcome 15 turnovers and 38 percent
shooting (26 of 68) from the field. Delaware pulled down more than 50
rebounds for the second straight game after collecting 51 in an 83-60
win over Penn back on Dec. 21.
"I really like how we are rebounding the ball," said Delaware head coach
Monté Ross, whose team will begin Colonial Athletic Association play
this Saturday, Jan. 5, at Old Dominion. "We just need to limit our
turnovers because we have so many weapons. Josh can really score the
ball and when he is healthy, it really makes us a good team. Devon was
very patient in the first half today and he made some big plays down the
A hard-fought first half featured four ties and six lead changes before
a late flurry by Delaware put the Hens up 39-32 at intermission. After
Rider tied the score at 30-30 on two free throws by Daniel Stewart with
3:18 left, the Hens went on a 9-2 run to close the half with Anderson
burying a three-pointer with 59 seconds remaining for the seven-point
Rider cut the second half lead to four early on but the Hens answered
and built the lead to as much as 13 points on a dunk by Hagins for a
51-38 advantage with 15:32 remaining.
Delaware stayed in front for the next nine minutes before an 8-2 Rider
rally, capped by a three-pointer by Shawn Valentine, gave the Broncs a
61-60 lead with 6:14 left.
But Saddler answered with two free throws and Threatt converted a
conventional three-point play to put Delaware back up for good at 65-61
with 5:15 left.
Rider's Zedric Sadler cut the lead to one again with a three-pointer 18
seconds later, but Delaware's Carl Baptiste and Devon Saddler converted
consecutive layups and the Broncs never got closer. Two free throws by
Saddler with eight seconds left sealed the verdict.
Stewart, 4-12 5-6 13, Nd-Ezuma, 2-6 0-2 4, Thompson, 4-8 1-2 10, Myles,
3-9 0-0 7, Lindsey, 5-14 3-4 13, Sadler, 1-5 0-0 3, Newaniemeka, 0-0 0-0
0, Valentine, 2-4 0-0 6, Fortunat, 1-3 1-2 3, Pereira, 2-3 1-2 7,
Totals, 24-64 11-18 66.
Brinkley, 6-10 5-5 17, Hagins, 6-10 2-2 14, Threatt, 4-13 4-5 12,
Saddler, 4-14 4-4 12, Anderson, 3-11 0-0 9, Rogers, 0-2 0-0 0,
King-Davis, 1-4 3-4 5, Baptiste, 2-4 0-0 4, Totals, 26-68 18-20 73.
Halftime Score: Delaware 39, Rider 32; Three-Point Field Goals: R - 7-23
(Valentine, 2-3, Pereira, 2-3, Thompson, 1-5, Myles, 1-3, Sadler, 1-4,
Stewart, 0-1, Lindsey, 0-4), D - 3-14 (Anderson, 3-8, Threatt, 0-1,
Saddler, 0-4, Rogers, 0-1); Rebounds: R - 31 (Thompson, 7), D - 52
(Hagins, 16); Assists: R - 10 (Thompson, 4), D - 13 (Saddler, 7); Fouled
Out: Myles (R); Total Fouls: R - 19, D - 13; Technical Foul: Hagins (D);