Hens rally 97-96 to beat Cornell in OT, CR girls fall to Red Bank Catholic

Delaware rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final four minutes of regulation and knocked down all eight free throw attempts in overtime as the Blue Hens came back for a thrilling 97-96 men’s basketball victory over Cornell Thursday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Delaware (7-6), which won its third consecutive game, trailed 79-70 with 3:57 left in regulation, but Anthony Mosley responded with a layup and Ryan Allen buried a three-pointer to make it a four-point game. Following two free throws by Cornell’s Steve Julian, Chyree Walker converted a layup and added two free throws on the next possession to make it an 81-79 contest.

After a turnover by Cornell (5-6), Ryan Daly scored inside to tie the game with 16 seconds left, before the Big Red’s Matt Morgan missed a last-second three-pointer.

The Blue Hens trailed by as many as three in overtime and were still down 88-87 in the final minute, but Daly scored on a driving layup with 51 seconds left and Delaware hit all eight of its free throw attempts from there to pull out the victory.

Allen led the Blue Hens with a season-high 24 points and knocked down six three-pointers, while Daly finished with 19 points and seven rebounds. Mosley contributed 18 points and a career-best seven assists, Eric Carter posted his second straight double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Walker was the fifth Blue Hen in double figures with 10 points.

Stone Gettings scored a career-high 39 points for Cornell, tied for the third highest total in Bob Carpenter Center history, while Morgan added career-bests of 34 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for his first double-double.

Cornell never trailed in the opening half and led by as many as 13 points in the stanza before settling for a 47-36 cushion at the break. Delaware scored the first 12 points of the second period to go in front, but the Big Red answered and were again up as much as 13 at 73-60 with seven minutes to play before the Blue Hens made their dramatic comeback.

Girls’ basketball

Red Bank Catholic 59, Caesar Rodney 48: The Riders dropped their opening game of the Diamond State Classic to a team from New Jersey.

CR led by five at the end of the third but Red Bank Catholic scored 27 points in the fourth.

Polytech 62, Dover 39: The Panthers won the finals of their bracket at the Pat Borowski Tournament host-ed by Lake Forest.

Indian River 51, Milford 33: The Indians opened the game with a 10-0 run in the first quarter and held on for a Pat Borowski Tournament victory.

Fabrea‘ McCray’s 19 points paced Indian River.

Sussex Central 57, Indian River 47: The Golden Knights earned a win at the Pat Borowski Tournament be-hind a 19-point performance by Tameeyah Bowden.

Boys’ basketball

Harvard Westlake 48, Cape Henlopen 37: The Vikings led at halftime by four but fell to Harvard Westlake of California on the second day of action at the Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament.

First State Military Academy 77, Sussex Academy 72: Zion Lofland recorded a game-high 31 points as First State Military Academy earned its first victory of the season.

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