Anderson, Carter lead Hens to 3rd straight win 73-56 over Cornell

Kevin Anderson

ITHACA, N.Y. — Delaware received strong performances from Kevin Anderson and Eric Carter to post its third straight victory with a 73-56 triumph over Cornell Thursday night at Newman Arena.

Anderson scored 22 points and handed out five assists for the Blue Hens (3-1), while Carter notched his first double-double of the year with 19 points and a season-high 14 rebounds. Ithiel Horton was the third Blue Hen in double figures with 11 points, while Collin Goss chipped in nine on the night.

“Kevin (Anderson) is getting better and better each game at directing our offense,: Head Coach Martin Ingelsby said. “He’s an extension of me on the floor and is really starting to think the game. He’s starting to get a really good feel of what we want to do on the offensive end and who we want to go to. And with Ryan Allen not out there, we need him to score the ball.”

Jimmy Boeheim scored a career-high 23 points for Cornell (2-2) while Matt Morgan added 21, but the rest of the Big Red players combined for just 12 points.

Delaware shot an impressive 54.7 percent from the field, including 60 percent in the second half, and enjoyed a 37-25 rebounding advantage. Meanwhile the Blue Hens limited Cornell to just 39.3 percent shooting, including a 6 of 23 performance from three-point range.

Delaware, which never trailed in the contest, jumped out to a 25-15 lead before the Big Red answered with six consecutive points to pull within 25-21 at the 2:16 mark of the first period. However the Blue Hens closed the half with a 9-2 spurt, including a buzzer-beating bucket by Horton, to take a 34-23 cushion into the break.

UD led by double figures the rest of the way, and after Cornell pulled within 53-37, the Blue Hens scored the next 11 points to go up a game-high 27 points at 64-37 at the 6:19 mark.

“We got a little sloppy late in the first half and I got on the guys pretty good,” Ingelsby said. “I challenged them and they dug in, got some stops and scored at the other end, and were able to take an 11-point lead into halftime. (Matt) Morgan is a really talented scorer and (Jimmy) Boeheim was aggressive, but we were able to limit their other guys. And we held them to one shot, which was a big key for us. I’m really proud of our defense, and I hope that’s an area we can hang our hat on the rest of the season.”


• Delaware improved to 3-2 all-time vs. Cornell and defeated the Big Red for the second straight year

• The Blue Hens have opened 3-1 for the second time in three seasons

• UD’s three-game winning streak is its longest since the Hens won four straight from Dec. 17-30, 2017

• Cornell’s Morgan reached double figures for the 55th straight game

• The Blue Hens held a 40-28 edge in points in the paint

• UD opens a three-game homestand on Sunday vs. Wilmington University.

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