Delaware men fall to UNC-Wilmington, 91-81

NEWARK — Nobody ever said winning in the Colonial Athletic Association was going to be easy.

That was true last year when the Delaware men’s basketball team went just 2-16 in the league.

And it’s proving to be true again this year as the Blue Hens dropped to 0-4 in the CAA after falling to conference front-runner UNC-Wilmington, 91-81, at the Carpenter Center on Saturday evening.

Delaware (7-10 overall) was competitive at times with the Seahawks (4-0, 15-2). Ultimately, though, UNCW just hit too many big shots down the stretch.

The Hens did post their second-highest point total of the season. But they also allowed more points than they have in any other game this year.

Delaware never led in the contest, falling behind by as many as 19 points in the first half. The Hens, however, did rally to within 40-35 at halftime before tying the game at 50-50 on a Ryan Daly three-pointer with 16:50 remaining in the game.

Delaware was still within 87-81 with one minute remaining but couldn’t get any closer.

Martin Ingelsby

“I thought we really competed well tonight, and if we compete like that every night, we’re going to win some games,” said coach Martin Ingelsby. “We did a good job of handling their pressure, throwing it over the top for some easy baskets. Skye (Johnson) gave us some really important minutes, and Chivarsky (Corbett) really competed. I love the competitiveness and fearlessness of the group tonight. We are close to getting over the hump.”

“Our competitive spirit was a lot higher tonight, we really came together and gave the best team in the league a tough game,” said Daly, who has now scored in double figures in eight of the last nine games. “We’re not into moral victories, but will use this as a step forward.”

Daly, a freshman, finished with a career-high 28 points while going 4-for-9 from three-point range. Chivarsky Corbett added 18 points, Anthony Mosley had 15 and Cazmon Hayes scored 11.

C.J. Hayes netted 27 points as all five Seahawk starters finished in double figures.

UNCW, which won its fourth straight game, shot 57.7 percent from the field for the game (30 of 52), hit on 13 of 21 shots from the field in the second half, and knocked down a season-high 13 of 31 three-pointers for the game.

Extra points

The Hens will seek their first CAA victory of the season on Thursday when they head to rival Towson. … NCW now leads the all-time series with Delaware by a 20-11 margin but won for just the second time in the last nine visits to the BCC … Delaware scored 18 points above its season scoring average.

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