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