Allen scores 30 as Hens survive in 2 OTs to edge Towson

Ryan Allen

TOWSON, Md. — Ryan Allen’s last game against Towson ended in heartbreak.

On Thursday night, the sophomore guard helped make sure he and his Delaware men’s basketball teammates didn’t have to relive that nightmare.

Allen poured in a career-high 30 points and the Blue Hens survived another Towson comeback before finally registering a 78-71 double-overtime victory over the Tigers in a CAA battle at SECU Arena.

Delaware (8-6 CAA, 16-11 overall) netted the final eight points of the contest to snap a seven-game losing streak against Towson (5-8 CAA, 9-17 overall).

“I’m just really proud of our group,” coach Martin Ingelsby said in his post-game interview on WDSD-FM. “It shows our character, it shows the toughness. … To take a huge punch at the end of the game — give Towson credit, they made some tough threes … but when it got to overtime, our leadership really stepped up.

“That’s a heck of a win for our basketball team. We were warriors tonight — flat-out warriors.”

Eric Carter

In the previous meeting between the two squads, Delaware wasted an 18-point lead and lost by a point when Allen missed a pair of foul shots with just 1.1 seconds remaining.

On Thursday, Towson sank two three-pointers in the final 12 seconds of regulation to send it to OT tied at 64-64. A held ball with the Tigers owning the possession arrow set up the second three.

Brian Fobbs (29 points) hit the tying three from deep in the corner with four second remaining.

Delaware had a chance to win the contest at the end of the first overtime but a contested jumper by Eric Carter (15 points) hit the front of the rim.

The Hens are 7-0 in overtime games under Ingelsby. This was their third double-OT win this season.

“They have a great belief about them,” Ingelsby said about his players. “They kept coming back and saying, ‘We’re going to win this game, we’re going to win this game.’ We had great eye contact. Guys were focused and locked in. … However many minutes it was going to take, we were going to find a way to get it done.”

Allen netted his 30 points despite injuring an ankle in the first half. He was 6-of-15 from three-point range, not to mention 8-of-11 from the foul line. Ironically, Allen sank two free throws to tie the score with 40 seconds remaining in the first OT.

With 58 seconds left in the second OT, Allen got the ball inside to Carter, whose basket gave the Hens the lead for good at 71-70.

Carter, Ithiel Horton (16 points) and Allen each hit two free throws in the final 18 seconds to seal the win.

“He was a warrior tonight,” said Ingelsby. “He was out there on one-and-a-half legs. But he just made big plays. He’s fearless. He had that mentality tonight where he was just trying to will us to victory.”

“It does a lot,” Allen said about the victory. “Especially not just a regular win but a double-overtime win always helps our confidence going into the next couple games. We’re going to remember this game. We’re going to remember how hard we fought and we’re just going to build on it.”

Free throws

Carter became the 35th player in program history with 1,000 career points. … As a team, the Hens sank 13 threes, getting at least one from five different players. … Delaware was playing without starting guard Kevin Anderson, who missed the game for personal reasons. … Allen, whose previous career high was 29 points, already has over 700 points in less then two full seasons.

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