Jumper with 1.6 seconds left lifts Elon past Hens 57-56

Eric Carter

ELON, N.C. — For the third straight game, Delaware played a contest decided by a single point.

And for the second time in those three games, the Blue Hens were on the wrong side of a nail-biter.

Tyler Siebring’s foul-line jumper rolled in with just 1.6 seconds left to give Elon a dramatic 57-56 victory over Delaware in CAA men’s basketball on Thursday night.

The Phoenix inbounded the ball with nine seconds remaining. Two Blue Hen defenders collided as Elon got the ball to Seibring, leaving the senior alone to take the game-winning jumper,

After a timeout, Delaware (6-4 CAA, 14-9 overall) couldn’t complete a long inbounds pass as the ball bounced harmlessly away at the final buzzer.

It was another tough loss for the Hens, who went scoreless after Ithiel Horton’s driving layup gave Delaware a 56-55 lead with 2:30 remaining. Seibring’s basket was the only one for the Phoenix in the final 3:24.

The Hens failed on three straight possessions when they had a chance add to their one-point lead. After running down the shot clock on Delaware’s last full possession, senior Darian Bryant missed an off-balance jumper to leave the door open for Elon.

“This is a disappointing loss,” said UD coach Martin Ingelsby. “It was a back and forth game, we just didn’t make enough tough plays down the stretch. Tip your hat to (Tyler) Seibring, he’s the one guy you don’t want taking that last shot.

“We did a good job of battling and guarding defensively, but missed too many shots that could have extended the lead. I thought we had good looks, but settled for too many jumpers and just didn’t have enough firepower offensively.”

Eric Carter paced Delaware with team-highs of 18 points and 14 rebounds to post his 11th double-double of the season. Ryan Allen was the only other Blue Hen in double figures with 11 points.

Seibring finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds for Elon.

Both teams struggled shooting for most of the night. The Phoenix hit just 40.4 percent from the field while Delaware shot only 38.3 percent.

Elon connected on only 8 of 28 three-point attempts, while the Hens were 5 of 20 from behind the arc.

After Carter opened the scoring with a short jumper, Elon answered with the next 11 points and led the rest of the half. The Phoenix were still up 19-12 midway through the period, but Delaware eventually cut the margin to 31-30 at the break when Horton beat the buzzer with a tough layup in transition.

Neither team led by four than four points in a tight second half that featured eight lead changes.

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Carter moved into 18th place in UD history with 973 career points … Allen reached double figures for the ninth consecutive game. … Carter has led UD in rebounds in 20 straight contests … Delaware fell to 0-5 in Elon since the Phoenix joined the CAA. … The Phoenix snapped a three-game losing streak to the Hens.

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