Blue Hen men fall again to Towson, 75-58

 

Delaware’s Ryan Daly posted his sixth 20-point game of the season, a UD freshman record. (Delaware sports information/Mark Campbell)

NEWARK — It would have been nice if Delaware could have taken its big win from the other night and run with it.

Of course, it also would have been nice if the Blue Hens didn’t have to play Towson on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers knocked Delaware down from the beginning and never let the Hens back up, eventually posting a 75-58 victory in Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball at the Carpenter Center.

Delaware (1-7 CAA, 8-13) had knocked off Northeastern for its first league win on Thursday. But the Hens fell behind by as many as 22 points in the first half and couldn’t do any better than play the Tigers even in the second.

It was the second time in nine days that Towson (4-4 CAA, 12-9) dumped Delaware by double digits. Again, Towson just seemed a little too tough for the Hens.

“They’re a very physical team,” freshman Ryan Daly said after netting a game-high 21 points. “Today we got bullied a little bit.

“Their best attribute is how athletic they are. They can all rebound. … That team is very aggressive, very athletic and they play harder than probably anyone in the league. We’ve got to match that day-in and day-out. Tonight we didn’t do it.”

“They like to shoot,” said junior guard Anthony Mosley. “And when they miss, they just get their own rebound. … They’re men in there.”

After a slow start, the Tigers are starting to look like a team that was picked to finish second in the Colonial. Saturday’s victory was their fourth in a row.

Along with having five players score in double figures, Towson outrebounded Delaware 44-30, including 12 offensive boards.

“We were excited to play,” said first-year coach Martin Ingelsby. “Give our guys credit. But we’ve got to learn to stay together through the ups and downs of a game.

The Hens’ Eric Carter puts up a shot in Saturday’s loss to Towson. Delaware sports information/Mark Campbell

“That’s kind of what I challenged our guys with. It felt like we got a little on islands by ourselves when it wasn’t going well. I need to help them be better there but they also have to be coachable.”

Unfortunately for the Hens, Saturday wasn’t their best game offensively, either.

Daly and Mosley (11 points) were the only Delaware players to score in double figures. The Hens, who never led, shot just 33.3 percent (17-of-51) for the game.

Of course, Towson had something to do with that, too. The Tigers blocked eight shots and contested many others.

“They make every shot hard,” said Daly. “They play pretty good defense but we should be better.”

There was a moment in the second half when Delaware could see some sign of hope.

The Hens had Towson’s lead down to 52-40 with 12 minutes still remaining. But the Tigers answered with a 16-6 run and that was that.

“I thought we got some good looks,” said Ingelsby. “We’ve got to have some guys step up and make some shots.”

“We’ve got to find a little consistency, stay together when things are tough and just try to squeeze wins out,” said Mosley. “That’s all we can really do.”

Extra points

Daly has scored 20 points six times this season, a UD freshman record. … Towson has won its last four meetings with Delaware. … Neither team shot free throws particularly well. While the Hens were 17-of-23, the Tigers were only 17-of-30. … Daly was 4-for-8 from three-point range but the rest of the Hens were a combined 3-for-11. … The Hens play at home again next Saturday when they host James Madison at 7 p.m.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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