University of Delaware Men’s Basketball Falls to Hofstra

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(ISN) – NEWARK, Del. — The University of Delaware could not catch up to Hofstra’s long range barrage Wednesday night as the Pride led from wire-to-wire in a 79-69 Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball victory at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Hofstra (15-9, 6-5 CAA) drained a season-high 13 three-pointers and snapped a three-game losing streak as Ameen Tankersley led the way with 22 points, including five three-pointers, and six rebounds.

Delaware, which pulled to within three points with 7:58 left to play but could never get closer, lost for the third time in the last four outings as Hofstra swept the season series from the Hens for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

The Hens (5-17, 4-7 CAA) did put five scorers in double figures for the second straight game but could never overcome an eight-point deficit as they shot just 29.6 percent from the field (8 of 27) in the opening stanza.

Cazmon Hayes led the Hens with 14 points while Chivarsky Corbett came off the bench to score 13 points and pull seven rebounds, Kyle Anderson contributed 12 points, and Kory Holden and Maurice Jeffers each added 11 points with Jeffers pulling down seven boards.

“Our game plan was to force Hofstra to make contested jump shots, and give them credit because they made them,” said Blue Hen head coach Monté Ross. “We just weren’t sharp offensively tonight, we were off just a beat and not our normal selves. We weren’t crisp and were almost in slow motion in the first half, and we can’t keep spotting the other team advantages.”

Hofstra, which entered the game ranked No. 11 in the nation with 9.1 three-pointers per game, also got 17 points from Juan’ya Green and 14 more from Brian Bernardi. Green, who has scored in double figures in every game this season, hit on 10 of 12 free throws and also had a game-high six assists while Bernardi knocked down four triples.

Delaware cut the Hofstra lead to 38-36 early in the second half when Jeffers scored five straight points and the Blue Hens still were down by only three at 51-48 with 7:58 before the Pride took control with a 9-0 run to go up 60-48. UD never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.

HEN SCRATCHINGS
• Delaware shot an impressive 58.3 percent from the field (14 of 24) in the second half
• Hayes scored in double figures for the seventh time in the last eight games
• Hofstra ranks No. 2 in NCAA Division I with eight road victories this season
• The Hens had won two straight at home before the loss
• Hofstra has defeated the Hens four straight times at the BCC

AGATE:

HOFSTRA (15-9, 6-5 CAA)
Tankersley, 6-10 5-6 22, Robinson, 2-7 0-0 5, Kone, 1-1 4-4 6, Green, 3-13 10-12 17, Bernardi, 5-11 0-0 14, Nichols, 1-2 1-2 3, Gustys, 1-2 1-2 3, Nesmith, 2-8 3-4 9, Totals, 21-54 24-30 79.

DELAWARE (5-17, 4-7 CAA)
Jeffers, 3-6 5-5 11, King-Davis, 1-5 0-0 2, Holden, 3-10 5-6 11, Anderson, 4-12 2-2 12, Hayes, 5-7 2-2 14, Corbett, 4-8 4-6 13, Harris, 0-0 0-0 0, Pinkard, 1-2 1-2 3, Johnson, 1-1 1-2 3, Totals, 22-51 20-25 69.

Halftime Score: Hofstra 33, Delaware 25; Three-Point Field Goals: H – 13-37 (Tankersley, 5-7, Bernardi, 4-9, Nesmith, 2-6, Robinson, 1-6, Green, 1-8, Nichols, 0-1), D – 5-17 (Anderson, 2-9, Hayes, 2-4, Corbett, 1-3, Pinkard, 0-1); Rebounds: H – 34 (Tankersley, 6), D – 32 (Jeffers, Corbett, 7); Assists: H – 14 (Green, 6), D – 8 (Holden, 3); Fouls: H – 21, D – 22; Fouled Out: Kone (H), Gustys (H); Technical Foul: Delaware Bench; Attendance: 2,264.

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