Local roundup: Blue Hen freshman Allen named CAA Rookie of the Year

Ryan Allen

University of Delaware freshman guard Ryan Allen was named the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Year while sophomore guard Ryan Daly was selected Third Team All-CAA as the league announced its all-conference teams on Friday.

Allen becomes the fifth player in Blue Hen history to earn conference Rookie of the Year honors, including the second in a row after Daly claimed the award last season. Delaware is the second school in conference history to earn consecutive CAA Rookie of the Year honors, along with George Mason in 1994 and 1995.

Allen is the ninth Blue Hen to be chosen for the CAA All-Rookie Team, and was joined on the squad by Darius Banks and Matt Lewis of James Madison, Tomas Murphy of Northeastern and Jalen Ray of Hofstra.

Allen appeared in the final 28 games of the season while starting the last 20 contests. He ranks second on the team and 13th in the CAA by averaging 15.7 points per game, and has made a three-pointer during each game in which he has appeared. Allen’s 83 three-pointers this year are three shy of the UD single season mark, second most by a CAA freshman in league history, and fifth most among Division I freshmen this year.

Allen has reached double figures in 24 of the last 26 games including 15 straight, and has recorded six 20-point outings on the season.

Daly earned third team All-CAA honors for the second year in a row after leading the Blue Hens and ranking 10th in the conference with a 17.0 scoring average. He has reached double figures in all but one game this season including 24 straight, and has notched eight 20-point efforts on the year.

Daly already ranks 38th in Delaware history with 954 career points, and is just the third Blue Hen to surpass the 900-point mark during his first two seasons in Newark.

Justin Wright-Foreman of Hofstra was selected the CAA Player of the Year, while Shawn Occeus of Northeastern was tabbed the CAA Defensive Player of the Year and Bill Coen of Northeastern was honored with the CAA Coach of the Year award. The Huskies’ Bolden Brace earned the first ever Sixth Man of the Year award, Tyler Seibring of Elon won the Dean Ehlers Leadership award, and Paul Rowley of William & Mary was picked Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Delaware finished the regular season with a 13-18 record, and the Blue Hens will be the seventh seed in the CAA Tournament with a 6-12 league mark. UD will take on 10th-seeded Elon in the tournament’s first round at 6:30 p.m. at the North Charleston (S.C.) Coliseum.

College softball

Hens drop a pair: Delaware led in the fifth innng but UMass answered with eight consecutive runs to post a 9-5 comeback win over the Blue Hens Friday evening on the first day of the Citrus Classic.

Delaware (1-10) opened the day by falling to the Czech National Team, 2-0, in an exhibition contest. Mariah Kondravy and Mattie Nuccio had the two Blue Hen hits, while the Czechs scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth to account for the margin.

Leanna Gearhart and Mariah Kondravy each had two hits for UD in the game against UMass.

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