Local college notebook: Hens get last chance to taste success at CAA tourney

Blue Hens coach Martin Ingelsby (Delaware sports information/Mark Campbell)

NEWARK — Despite what their record says, Delaware’s men’s basketball players believe they can beat any team in the CAA.

This weekend is their last chance to prove it.

The Blue Hens are seeded just seventh going into today’s first round of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, which is being played at the North Charleston (S.C.) Coliseum.

Delaware (13-18) faces No. 10 Elon (14-17) today at 6:30 p.m. with the winner taking on No. 2 Northeastern in Sunday’s quarterfinals.

As one of the four bottom teams in the 10-team CAA, the Hens would have to win four games in four days to earn the program’s sixth trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Still, Delaware has played a lot of good basketball in the last few weeks, losing five games by five points or less. The Hens finished off the regular season by winning two of their last three games.

“We’re going to take it one game at a time but, why not us?” said second-year coach Martin Ingelsby. “I think anybody that’s going to see ‘Delaware’ on the other side of the bracket, is going to be like, ‘Hey, we’ve got a dogfight on our hands.’”

Clearly, the Hens are much better with sophomore guard Ryan Daly in the lineup. They went 0-5 when he was sidelined with an ankle injury.

Delaware is 2-2 since Daly’s return, with a pair of two-point losses. He averages a team-leading 17 points and 37 minutes per game.

Delaware has only two seniors on the roster — starting point guard Anthony Mosley and reserve forward Skye Johnson.

“We know we can beat anybody,” said Mosley. “We’re just going to go down there and play our game and try to get four in a row.”

Allen recognized by MAAC

Jordan Allen

Dover High product Jordan Allen turned a lot of heads during his first season with the Rider University men’s basketball team.

And at the conclusion of the regular season, Allen piled up the awards.

Allen was named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s Third Team and also made the All-Rookie team. The redshirt freshman averaged 13.6 points per game and shot 39.5 percent from the three-point line.

His season-high was 28 points against Providence and he also won the MAAC Rookie of the Week four times.

Allen was a key part in Rider earning the No. 1 overall seed in the MAAC Tournament which runs this week until Monday with a trip to the NCAA Tournament on the line.

Notes

• There’s no shortage of former Henlopen Conference players playing college baseball this spring. A total of 40 downstaters are on the rosters of the state’s six college programs.

That includes 11 Henlopen players each at Delaware State and Delaware Tech.

• By hiring Nick Rapone and Alex Woods to his staff, Delaware football coach Danny Rocco has added roughly 73 seasons of coaching experience.

“We’ve really been able to round out our staff with extremely knowledgeable and experienced coaches and it puts us in a good position headed into spring ball in a few weeks,” Rocco said.

• Delaware basketball player Anthony Mosley said it was a pretty bad feeling as the Blue Hens blew a 34-point lead in a two-point loss to Drexel last week. It ended up being an NCAA Division I record.

“As it was happening, I kind of knew … this is bad, this is bad,” said Mosley. “Then, after it happened, I was like, ‘Nothing like that ever happened to me.’ I was pretty speechless.

“All my friends saw it on ESPN and were like, ‘What happened?’ I was like, I have no words to explain it.”

• Caesar Rodney High grad Sean MacLeish won the ODAC men’s lacrosse Player of the Week award. The Bridgewater University junior has scored five goals and six assists in his first two games of the season.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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