Delaware Blue Hens can’t handle Hofstra in CAA basketball loss
Delaware couldn’t hold a lead early in the second half, then saw their own rally falter in an 82-77 loss to Hofstra in Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball on Saturday at Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex in Hempstead, New York.
Up to four at halftime, Delaware extended their lead to 42-33 after Dylan Painter’s layup with 17:47 to go before Hofstra was out.
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Pride regained a 45-42 lead on Omar Silverio’s 3-pointer with 13:23 to go, in a 25-2 run that put Hofstra in charge 58-44.
Delaware slipped away and went 68-67 on Painter‘s two faulty shots with 4:03 to go. But Hofstra, scored on 13 free-throw goals in 14 in the second half, held on for the win.
Hofstra shot 50% overall from the field, including 17 for 29 in the second half.
“We told our guys afterwards that every possession counts in a college basketball game,” Delaware coach Martin Ingelsby told Blue Hens Radio after the game.
“You have to be able to play 40 minutes. We were able to lay down leads and that’s where this band needs to be tougher, grittier, not just playing with a lead. They gained confidence. They were able to get back into the game quickly. »
Delaware (11-6 overall, 2-2 CAA) will be back in action Monday night at Northeastern for a 7 p.m. game that will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
The Blue Hens have won just three of the last 18 games against Hofstra. They will meet in Newark on February 12.
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Painter led five double-digit Blue Hens with 15 points and also had 10 rebounds. Andrew Carr also scored 15 points, Jameer Nelson Jr. had 14, Ryan Allen provided 13 before leaving with a knee injury with 7:44 left and Ebby Asamoah scored 12.
Delaware was plagued with a season-high 19 turnovers that led to 35 Hofstra points.
“You’re not going to beat a really good team like this turning the ball over like that – 19 turnovers,” Ingelsby said. “It’s a really talented offensive team. They put a lot of pressure on you.
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Hofstra (10-7, 2-2) is in his first season under coach Speedy Claxton. The former point guard propelled Hofstra to America East titles against Delaware in 1999 and 2000 and went on to win an NBA title in 2003 with the San Antonio Spurs during a seven-year pro career. Hofstra’s non-conference program featured a win over 24th-ranked Arkansas.
Aaron Estrada, who started his career at St. Peter’s before playing last year at Oregon, scored 30 points for Hofstra and first-team All-CAA guard Jalen Ray had 23.
Hofstra played without CAA leading scorer Zach Cooks and Mount Pleasant High graduate Kvonn Cramer due to injuries.
Delaware overcame a slow start to take a 35-31 halftime lead. Delaware missed its first nine shots while trailing 11-1.
But the Hens found their range beyond the arc, making 8 of 16 3-pointers in the first half, with Kevin Anderson’s trey with 3:24 left giving Delaware their first 30-29 lead. Delaware outscored Hofstra 20-5 in the final 6:39 to erase an 11-point deficit.
For the game, Delaware shot 48% overall and made 13 of 30 3-pointers.
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