NEWARK, DE -- The University of Delaware stormed back from a 17-point
second half deficit to pull close late in the second half, but the Blue
Hens could not complete the comeback and dropped a tough 74-70 Colonial
Athletic Association men's basketball verdict to league-leading
Northeastern Saturday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The Blue Hens (8-10, 3-2 CAA), who lost their second straight game and
suffered a second straight home setback for the first time since January
11-14 of last season, rallied from a 55-38 deficit two minutes into the
second half and eventually pulled to within four points with 6:20 left
but could never get closer.
Delaware got a balanced effort as four of the five starters scored in
double figures led by Jarvis Threatt's 21 points and career-high seven
assists, a season-high 19 points from Kyle Anderson, 16 points and 11
rebounds from Jamelle Hagins, and 10 points from Devon Saddler.
Hagins, who also blocked four shots, recorded his 11th double-double of
the season. Threatt knocked down his first six shots of the day and was
9 of 11 from the field for the contest.
Northeastern (11-7, 6-0 CAA), which won its sixth straight game to
remain the only unbeaten team in league play, used some hot-shooting in
the first 20 minutes to take a big 45-33 lead at the break. The Huskies
knocked down a season-high tying 10 three-pointers, including sizzling 7
of 9 shooting in the first half.
The Huskies, who snapped a two-game losing streak to the Hens to the
Hens at the BCC, also put four starters in double figures as Joel Smith
notched a team-high 18 points, Quincy Ford added 17 points, Jonathan Lee
contributed 14 points and seven assists, and Reggie Spencer chipped in
with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
"We just dug ourselves too big of a hole today," said Delaware head
coach Monté Ross. "We did a good job fighting back to within four (in
the second half) but you can't fall behind that far to a good team like
Northeastern. We did some good things during the second half but we just
have to do it on a more consistent basis."
Delaware fell behind 8-0 three minutes into the game but recovered
quickly with an 11-3 run to tie the game at 11-11 with 12:38 left in the
first. But while Delaware was shooting a sizzling 60 percent from the
field, so was Northeastern, as the Huskies took control and led the rest
of the half, taking a 45-33 lead into the break. Delaware shot 62
percent from the field in the first half (13 of 21), but Northeastern
went 17 of 28 (61 percent) and knocked down 7 of 9 three-pointers.
The teams traded baskets in the early going of the second half but the
Huskies took their biggest lead of the day at the 17:26 mark as Lee
drained a three-pointer to up the NU margin to 55-38. But Northeastern
cooled down after that - the Huskies shot just 9 of 25 from the field
after the break - and the Blue Hens got hot, going on a 16-3 run that
pulled them to within 58-54 with 8:19 left to play. Anderson scored
seven points during the run, including a three-pointer, to bring
The margin was still four points at 60-56 after a Hagins follow, but
Delaware could never get closer than that. Lee scored four points in a
7-2 run for Northeastern that pushed the lead to nine at 67-58 with 3:48
remaining and then added a three-pointer to answer one by Anderson to
stop the Blue Hens' momentum.
Anderson converted a layup with 1:13 left to cut the lead to 70-65, but
Lee answered with two free throws with 33 seconds remaining and Smith
added two more from the line nine seconds later to seal the deal.
Delaware will return to action this Wednesday, Jan. 23, when the Hens
travel to James Madison for a 7 p.m. tip-off in Harrisonburg, Va. The
game was originally scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 24, but was moved ahead
a day when plans to televise the game were cancelled.
NORTHEASTERN (11-7, 6-0 CAA)
Ford, 6-10 3-6 17, Spencer, 5-11 0-0 10, Walker, 3-6 0-1 8, Lee, 4-9 4-4
14, Smith, 5-10 5-6 18, Pollard, 1-2 0-0 3, Marshavelski, 2-4 0-0 4,
Stahl, 0-1 0-0 0, Totals, 26-53 12-17 74.
DELAWARE (8-10, 3-2 CAA)
Brinkley, 1-1 2-2 4, Hagins, 7-12 2-2 16, Threatt, 9-11 1-2 21, Saddler,
3-12 3-4 10, Anderson, 6-12 4-4 19, Rogers, 0-0 0-0 0, Savage, 0-1 0-1
0, Baptiste, 0-0 0-0 0, Totals, 26-49 12-15 70.
Halftime Score: Northeastern 45, Delaware 33; Three-Point Field Goals: N
- 10-15 (Smith, 3-4, Ford, 2-4, Walker, 2-4, Lee, 2-2, Pollard, 1-1), D
- 6-15 (Anderson, 3-8, Threatt, 2-2, Saddler, 1-4, Savage, 0-1);
Rebounds: N - 31 (Spencer, 8), D - 23 (Hagins, 11); Assists: N - 17
(Lee, 7), D - 12 (Threatt, 7); Total Fouls: N - 14, D - 18; Technical
Foul: Delaware Bench; Attendance: 2,685.