NEWARK, DE -- Junior guard Devon Saddler and senior forward Jamelle
Hagins each surpassed the 20-point mark and the University of Delaware
took control midway through the opening half and never looked back in
posting a 71-56 Colonial Athletic Association triumph over UNCW Saturday
afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Saddler led the way with a game-high 21 points - surpassing the 20-point
mark for the eighth time this season - and Hagins dropped in 20 points
to go with a game-high 11 rebounds as Delaware (11-11, 6-3 CAA) evened
its record for the season thanks to its third straight victory.
Jarvis Threatt added 15 points, five rebounds, and four steals while
Josh Brinkley chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds for the
Blue Hens, who defeated UNCW at home for the fifth straight time.
UNCW (8-13, 3-6 CAA) lost for the third time in its last four outings
and fell to 1-11 on the road this season. The Seahawks have now lost 17
of their last 18 road games. Craig Ponder came off the bench to lead
UNCW with 14 points while Keith Rendleman added 11 points and five
Hagins outdid Rendleman in a battle of two of the top big men in the
Colonial Athletic Association as Hagins posted his 12th double-double of
the season with 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting. Rendleman managed just 3
of 11 shooting from the field before fouling out in the final minute of
"Defensively we were sharp today," said Delaware head coach Monté Ross.
"They have a lot of weapons but we got off to good starts in both halves
and that was a big key. I thought Jamelle played well both offensively
and defensively and had a focused effort out there. We have been
rebounding the ball well lately and that has been the biggest difference
in our win streak."
Delaware's 6-3 start in league play ties for its best record at the
midway point of league play since joining the CAA in 2001-02. The Hens
also started out 6-3 during the 2007-08 campaign.
Saddler the CAA's leading scorer at 19.2 points per game, knocked down 8
of 14 shots from the field for his 21 points and reached double figures
for the 28th straight game since last season, the longest current streak
among CAA players and fourth highest in Delaware history.
Despite going 0 for 11 from beyond the three-point line, Delaware shot
46.3 percent from the field (25 of 54) and were deadly from the line,
hitting 21 of 26 attempts. The Hens failed to hit a three-pointer for
the second time this season and for the first time since going 0 for 8
vs. Towson back on Jan. 16. That performance snapped a streak of 675
straight games with a triple that dated back to the 1990-91 season.
The Hens also held a commanding 41-29 edge on the boards while holding
the Seahawks to 34.5 percent shooting from the field (19 of 55). UNCW
also did fare well from long range as it hit just 2 of 13 three-point
The teams traded the lead four times in the opening seven minutes of the
game before consecutive jumpers from Saddler capped a 7-0 run that gave
the Hens a 15-9 lead. Two Saddler free throws pushed the lead to double
digits at 21-11 and the Hens rolled to a 33-24 halftime lead.
Delaware's lead stayed right around the 10-point mark for most of the
second half before two free throws each from Hagins and Brinkley pushed
the lead to 15 points at 53-38 with 9:12 remaining. UNCW cut the lead to
nine points several times in the final six minutes and narrowed the gap
to as little as eight points at 64-56 on a layup by Ponder with 2:06
left. But Delaware closed out the deal by scoring the final seven points
of the game, including a dunk by Brinkley, to finish off the victory.
Delaware will continue play Feb. 6 on the road at rival Towson where the
Hens will be looking to avenge a 69-66 loss back on Jan. 16.
UNCW (8-13, 3-6 CAA)
Rendleman, 3-11 5-8 11, Reybold, 2-2 0-0 4, Dixon, 2-13 1-2 5, Jackson,
2-3 3-3 7, Milson, 0-0 0-0 0, Graham, 1-6 3-3 5, Hager, 2-4 1-2 5,
Sherwood, 1-1 0-0 2, Ponder, 5-10 2-2 14, Williams, 1-5 1-2 3, Totals,
19-55 16-22 56.
DELAWARE (11-11, 6-3 CAA)
Brinkley, 3-6 3-4 9, Hagins, 7-10 6-8 20, Threatt, 4-11 7-8 15, Saddler,
8-14 5-6 21, Anderson, 1-9 0-0 2, Rogers, 0-0 0-0 0, Savage, 1-1 0-0 2,
King-Davis, 1-2 0-0 2, Baptiste, 0-1 0-0 0, Totals, 25-54 21-26 71.
Halftime Score: Delaware 33, UNCW 24; Three-Point Field Goals: UNCW -
2-13 (Ponder, 2-4, Dixon, 0-4, Graham, 0-5), D - 0-11 (Brinkley, 0-1,
Threatt, 0-2, Saddler, 0-2, Anderson, 0-6); Rebounds: UNCW - 29
(Williams, 8), D - 41 (Hagins, 11); Assists: UNCW - 5 (Dixon, 3), D - 6
(Hagins, Anderson, 2); Fouled Out: Rendleman (UNCW); Total Fouls: UNCW -
20, D - 14; Attendance: 2,396.