Blue Hens shut down Hor­nets in sec­ond half to top in-state ri­val

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— The Delaware men’s bas­ket­ball team’s small half­time lead turned into a three­p­oint deficit five min­utes into the sec­ond half.

The Blue Hens awoke from the slump with 10 unan­swered points and never re­lin­quished con­trol dur­ing a 64-49 win over in-state ri­val Delaware State Fri­day night at the Bob Car­pen­ter Cen­ter.

Delaware led 31-28 at the half, but found it­self trail­ing 39-36 fol­low­ing an And-1 bas­ket and free throw by the Hor­nets at the 14:40 mark.

The Hens knot­ted the score with a 3-pointer by fresh­man Ryan Daly 40 sec­onds later, and took the lead on another 3 from sopho­more Chivarsky Cor­bett less than a minute af­ter.

Sopho­more Dar­ian Bryant stole the ball and went the length of the court for a layup to ex­tend the lead and se­nior Caz­mon Hayes capped the run with a flashy re­verse layup that put Delaware ahead, 46-39, with 11:36 left.

“We’ve got a re­silient group. To be able to be up and think you’re cruis­ing, then you go down three, you got a lit­tle game pres­sure,” first-year

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head coach Martin In­gelsby said. “Ryan Daly made the big shot, but we were able to do it with our de­fen­sive half court man-to-man.”

The Blue Hens (5-3) al­lowed just 10 points over the game’s fi­nal 14:40.

“I think we re­ally buck­led down de­fen­sively. Ev­ery­body on the team bought in the last 10 min­utes, re­ally the last half,” ju­nior point guard An­thony Mosley said. “We held the team to 21 points [in the sec­ond half] and that was pretty good for us.”

Delaware State (2-6), a team that re­lied heav­ily on its 3-point shoot­ing in its first seven games, made just one of its 15 at­tempts from be­yond the arc.

“Our de­fen­sive pres­ence and who we’ve been on the de­fen­sive end is some­thing that we have to con­tinue to hang our hat on. I al­ways put up on the board: ‘De­fend and re­bound.’ And if you look at the stats, we out-re­bounded them by 20 re­bounds and we did a ter­rific job guard­ing the 3-point line. That was one of our keys for us. It was a team that was shoot­ing about 35 per­cent of their shots from the 3-point line,” In­gelsby said. “We re­ally wanted to limit their shots from the perime­ter and make them make enough 2-point shots to beat us.”

Cor­bett led the Delaware of­fense with a game-high 16 points, 15 of which came from 3-point range. He made four of the first five shots he at­tempted from be­yond the arc.

“I got shots up pretty early to­day with coach and I was feel­ing pretty good,” he said. “I put in time ev­ery­day, I’m get­ting to my right spots and ev­ery­body’s find­ing me and I’m knock­ing down my shots.”

Cor­bett, who missed last sea­son with a torn ACL, also pulled down eight re­bounds. He es­ti­mated that his knee is 90-95 per­cent healed.

“I feel pretty good. It doesn’t give me any prob­lems any­more, I just have to break through and get com­fort­able again and I think I’m get­ting pretty com­fort­able,” he said.

In­gelsby is mon­i­tor­ing Cor­bett’s min­utes, but has ad­mired the red­shirt sopho­more’s shoot­ing stroke.

“I think he’s a guy who’s find­ing his rhythm on the of­fen­sive end in this sys­tem,” In­gelsby said. “I’ve been re­ally im­pressed with his abil­ity to make shots. He does is in prac­tice ev­ery­day. I still don’t think he’s 100 per­cent, he’s work­ing to­ward get­ting back to his rhythm. I’m al­ways con­scious of how many min­utes we play him.”

Mosley fol­lowed Cor­bett with 13 points while hand­ing out four as­sists. Hayes and Daly each recorded nine points and seven re­bounds.

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UD ATH­LET­ICS PHOTO BY MARK CAMP­BELL

Univer­sity of Delaware se­nior guard Caz­mon Hayes drib­bles by Delaware State sopho­more guard Devon Mor­gan dur­ing the Blue Hens’ 64-49 vic­tory over their in-state ri­val in men’s bas­ket­ball ac­tion on Fri­day.

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Ne­wark Char­ter play­ers cel­e­brate af­ter win­ning the state Spe­cial Olympics Uni­fied flag foot­ball ti­tle on Satur­day.

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