Hens’ offense can’t deliver in 71-58 loss to Charleston

Charleston jumped out to a big early lead and Delaware never got on track offensively as the Blue Hens dropped a 71-58 decision to the Cougars Saturday afternoon at TD Arena.

Ryan Allen scored a season-high 23 points for Delaware (12-7, 4-2 CAA), while Eric Carter added 11 points and seven rebounds. Kevin Anderson also finished with 11 points, while Ithiel Horton contributed 10 points of his own.

The Blue Hens, who had a four-game winning streak snapped, shot just 35.8 percent from the field, including 5 of 27 from three-point range. Delaware did finish 15-of-17 from the foul line, but committed 14 turnovers on the day.

Grant Riller paced Charleston (14-4, 3-2 CAA) with 21 points, while Jarrell Brantley added a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Charleston hit nine of its first 10 shots from the field, jumping out to a 21-7 lead at the 13:45 mark of the first half. A deep three-pointer by Horton cut the margin to 23-15, but the Cougars answered with seven consecutive points to go up 30-15 with 5:48 left in the half.

Charleston was still up 14 two minutes later, but Anderson scored on a driving layup and then hit a jumper to bring the Blue Hens within 34-24 at the break.

Darian Bryant opened the second half with a three-pointer, and Delaware was still within seven at 38-31 following a Carter dunk with 15:55 to play. Allen converted a layup to make it a 49-40 game at the 9:13 mark, but Charleston answered with an 11-2 run over the next four minutes to put the game away.

“Give credit to Charleston, they were really good today,” said UD coach Martin Ingelsby. “I’m happy with how we battled; we got off to a great start in the second half, but just needed to make some open shots. We tried to go small and get some steals late, but just missed too many shots. Brantley and Riller are good, experienced players, and Charleston really guarded us well.”

Charleston defeated Delaware for the sixth straight meeting, and has won the last four matchups at TD Arena

Carter surpassed the 900-point and 700-rebound marks, and now ranks 10th in UD history with 703 rebounds

Allen and Carter each scored in double figures for the fifth game in a row

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