Charleston pulls away to defeat Blue Hens 93-78

Eric Carter

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Hanging with league favorite Charleston for 27 minutes was one thing for Delaware.

But actually challenging the Cougars for the full 40 minutes was another altogether for the Blue Hens.

Trailing by a point, Charleston took control midway through the second half in posting a 93-78 victory over Delaware in Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball on Tuesday night.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Hens (1-1 CAA, 8-7 overall).

In a contest that featured 25 lead changes, Delaware led 59-58 when Charleston (2-0 CAA, 11-3) went on a 17-4 run to open up a 75-53 lead with 9:43 remaining.

The Hens never got the lead under nine points the rest of the way.

“Charleston played really well, and showed why they were picked first in the league,” said Delaware coach Martin Ingelsby. “When they are shooting that well, they’re tough to beat. I thought we played pretty good defense on certain possessions, but their offense was better tonight.

“I love our team — to come on the road and go toe-to-toe with the preseason favorite gives us a lot to build on. Eric (Carter) is really moving well, and we need that production inside. We feel good to split this road trip, now we have to take care of business at home.”

The Cougars shot 66.7 percent from the field and knocked down 20 of 23 free throws while winning their fourth straight game and improving to 7-0 at home. Delaware shot 56.0 percent and went 17 of 22 from the line.

A senior forward, Carter scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds for the Hens, while Ryan Daly added 18 points. Anthony Mosley contributed 15 points, while Ryan Allen was the fourth Blue Hen in double figures with 12 points.

Delaware is still playing with only seven scholarship players. Standout freshman guard Kevin Anderson missed his fourth-straight contest with a knee injury.

CAA Preseason Player of the Year Joe Chealey paced Charleston with 29 points, while Jarrell Brantley added 26 points and six rebounds.

Both teams shot over 60 percent in an entertaining first half that featured 12 lead changes. Neither squad led by more than five points, and the Hens were up three before a pair of Brantley free throws gave Delaware a slim 44-43 lead at the break.

Mosley surpassed the 800-point mark for his career while Daly reached double figures for the 13th straight game.

Charleston now leads the all-time series, 7-5, and has won four straight over the Hens.

Delaware returns home to play William & Mary Friday at 7 p.m.

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