Local roundup: Bryant’s 3 and block lift Blue Hens by Columbia in 2 OTs

Darian Bryant buried a go-ahead three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining and then blocked a Columbia shot in the final seconds as Delaware edged the Lions, 87-86, in double overtime in men’s basketball on Sunday afternoon at Levien Gymnasium.

The Blue Hens (7-2) trailed by three early in the second overtime but battled back to tie the game at 84-84 when Kevin Anderson found Ithiel Horton for a layup.

Columbia’s Mike Smith made a steal and a layup with 29 seconds left to put the Lions back on top, but Bryant answered by drilling a three-pointer from the left corner for the game-winning bucket. Columbia (1-5) had a final possession, but Bryant blocked a layup by Smith with three seconds on the clock.

A jump ball gave the Lions another possession, but Gabe Stefanini’s last second jumper was off the mark.

“That was two good teams going at it,” said Delaware coach Martin Ingelsby. “I’m proud of our group for showing a lot of resiliency.
Our young guys were fantastic, and everybody stepped up and made big plays. We’re building a program, and to be able to go on the road and win in somebody else’s building is a big step for us.”

Eric Carter scored 21 points and tied his career-high with 15 rebounds for Delaware, while freshmen Matt Veretto and Horton added 20 apiece. Veretto established a season-best and knocked down 6-of-7 three-point attempts while Horton also hit his season-high, going 4-of-7 beyond the arc and playing all 50 minutes.

Anderson was the fourth Blue Hen in double figures with 11 points to go with nine rebounds and six assists.

Delaware shot 47.6 percent from the field, including 15 of 23 from three-point range. The Hens’ 15 three-pointers are the most since 2003 and tied for the fourth most in program history.

“This was a tough environment and Columbia played great, but this win shows real determination and focus from our group,” said Carter. “The freshmen played phenomenal. We’ve been in these situations before, and now we feel like we’ll win these types of games. It’s great to get these two wins on the road this weekend.”

WOMEN, Boston University 72, Delaware 61: Makeda Nicholas led the Blue Hens (3-4) with a season-high 18 points in the loss.

Junior Abby Gonzales added 16 points, three assists, two steals and two rebounds.

The Hens committed a season-low eight turnovers while forcing 20 BU turnovers.

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