NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men's basketball backcourt
duo of junior Devon Saddler and sophomore Jarvis Threatt led the way
Wednesday night as the Blue Hens cruised to their fourth straight
victory with a 69-54 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Hofstra
at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Saddler, the CAA's leading scorer at 19.8 points per game, knocked down
23 points and Threatt recorded his second straight 19-point effort and
recorded six steals as the Blue Hens (7-8, 2-0 CAA) broke away from a
narrow halftime lead with a strong second half start and never looked back.
Saddler, who has now scored in double figures every game this season,
recorded his sixth 20-point effort of the season and surpassed the
1,300-point mark for his career, moving him into 10th place all-time in
UD history. Threatt posted his fifth straight double figure scoring
effort and matched his season-high for the second straight game.
Another Delaware guard, sophomore Kyle Anderson, chipped in with 11
points while Josh Brinkley and Carl Baptiste each added eight points and
Delaware has now won nine straight CAA regular season games since last
season and is off to a 2-0 start in league play for just the third time
since joining the league in 2001-02.
Delaware senior forward Jamelle Hagins, who entered the game with the
school record for career rebounds and the 1,000-point mark both in
reach, was held scoreless but pulled six rebounds and posted three
blocks. The nation's leading rebounder at 12.7 per game, Hagins needs
just eight boards to reach the school record of 916 by Spencer Dunkley
(1989-92) and will go for the mark Saturday at Georgia State.
Hofstra (4-11, 1-1 CAA), which lost for the ninth time in the last 10
games and fell to Delaware for the third straight time, had just one
player reach double figures as Daquan Brown came off the bench to notch
a season-high 13 points.
Stephen Nwaukoni contributed seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds
while Stevie Mejia added nine points. Pride leading scorer, guard Taran
Buie, entered the game averaging 14.8 points per game but was held to
just two points on 1 of 11 shooting. As a team, Hofstra hit just 20 of
52 shots from the field (38.5 percent), went 1 for 10 from the
three-point line, and managed to hit just 13 of 23 free throws.
"It wasn't the most aesthetically pleasing game, but we got what we came
to get," said Delaware head coach Monté Ross, whose team won its ninth
straight CAA regular season game dating back to last season. "Devon's
defense on (Taran Buie) was outstanding, and in the second half we gave
a good team defensive effort. When your best big guy (Hagins) can go
scoreless and you still win by double figures, that is a good sign."
Delaware converted half of its shots from the field (27 of 54) for the
game, including draining 14 of 26 second half field goal attempts. The
Hens committed just nine turnovers.
After a sluggish start, the Hens pulled things together midway through
the opening half and built an eight-point lead at 24-16 with 7:13
remaining after four straight points from Saddler. Hofstra eventually
narrowed the gap to 28-26 on a jumper by David Imes with 2:18 left, but
Anderson answered with a three-pointer to push the lead back to five.
Two free throws by Hofstra's Brown pulled the Pride to within 31-28 at
Delaware took control early in the second half to put the game away as
the Hens outscored Hofstra 10-3 over the first five minutes and used an
overall 16-5 run to go up 47-33 seven minutes into the stanza.
Hofstra never got closer than 11 points the rest of the way as Delaware
built the lead to as many as 20 points at 61-41 on a Threatt jumper with
HOFSTRA (4-11, 1-1 CAA)
Allen, 4-7 0-1 8, Imes 2-8 4-5 8, Nwaukoni, 3-5 1-3 7, Buie, 1-11 0-0 2,
Mejia, 2-7 4-4 9, Payen, 0-0 0-0 0, Savion, 0-0 0-0 0, Brown, 5-8 3-6
13, Grogan, 0-1 0-0 0, Kone, 3-5 1-4 7, Totals, 20-52 13-23 54.
DELAWARE (7-8, 2-0 CAA)
Brinkley, 4-8 0-0 8, Hagins, 0-3 0-0 0, Threatt, 7-13 5-7 19, Saddler,
9-14 3-5 23, Anderson, 4-8 1-2 11, Thomas, 0-0 0-0 0, Rogers, 0-3 0-0 0,
McNulty, 0-1 0-0 0, King-Davis, 0-0 0-0 0, Baptiste, 3-4 2-3 8, Totals,
27-54 11-17 69.
Halftime Score: Delaware 31, Hofstra 28; Three-Point Field Goals: H -
1-10 (Mejia, 1-2, Imes, 0-5, Buie, 0-2, Grogan, 0-1), D - 4-12 (Saddler,
2-4, Anderson, 2-5, Rogers, 0-2, McNulty, 0-1); Rebounds: H - 36
(Nwaukoni, 11), D - 31 (Brinkley, Hagins, Baptiste, 6); Assists: H - 7
(Imes, Buie, Mejia, 2), D - 7 (Threatt, 3); Fouled Out: Allen; Total
Fouls: H - 14, D - 19; Attendance: 1,881.