Roundup: Horton’s 27 points leads Hens over Northeastern

Ithiel Horton scored a career-high 27 points and the Blue Hens got several key stops late in regulation and both overtime periods as Delaware posted an impressive 82-80 double overtime win over Northeastern in CAA men’s basketball on Sunday night at Matthews Arena.

Ryan Allen added 19 points while Eric Carter recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Hens (1-1 CAA, 9-6 overall). The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Delaware and comes on the heels of a 45-point loss at Hofstra on Friday.

Northeastern, the league preseason favorite, dropped to 1-1, 7-7 overall.

“This was a terrific team effort, everybody contributed tonight,” said UD coach Martin Ingelsby. “We challenged our guys, and they responded. I loved our fight and toughness. We continued to believe in our guys, and I couldn’t be prouder of our defensive effort.”

Delaware fell behind by three in double overtime, but Allen drained a three-pointer. Following a Northeastern free throw, the Hens then scored five straight points to go up four.

It was a two-point game when the Huskies’ Donnell Gresham went to the line and hit the first free throw but missed the second with 15 seconds left

Northeastern grabbed the offensive rebound, but Gresham missed inside and Goss collected the board. Allen was then fouled and hit one of two foul shots, before the Huskies’ long-range three-pointer at the buzzer glanced off the front of the rim.

“It’s a big confidence builder for us,” said Horton. “Friday night wasn’t us, we know we’re better than that and it showed out there on the court tonight.

‘I was just trusting Coach Ingelsby and my teammates. They were finding me, and I was moving without the ball and incorporating that into the game.”

Delaware also was up four points early in the first overtime period, but the Huskies battled back to take a one-point lead before Carter hit a tying foul shot with 1:10 on the clock. Both teams missed three-point attempts from there to force the second extra session.

The Blue Hens trailed 34-29 at halftime but then scored the first five points of the second half to pull even, while a Horton three-pointer from the top of the key gave Delaware a 49-45 edge with 10 minutes remaining.

Northeastern was up four late but Anderson hit a three-pointer, and following one free throw by Vasa Pusica, Carter hit a jumphook and Pusica missed at the buzzer to force overtime.

Delaware improved to 6-0 in overtime games under Ingelsby, and won its second double overtime game of the year.

The Hens snapped a three-game losing streak to NU and a three-game losing skid in Boston.

WOMEN, St. Joseph’s, N.Y. 64, Wesley 53: The Bears overcame a four-point halftime deficit to top the Wolverines (3-7) in the consolation game of the Jamie Roberts Tournament on Sunday.

Sophomore forward Shelby Johnson tallied her fourth double-double of the season with a team-high 18 rebounds and 10 points to earna spot on the all-tournament team. She totaled 33 rebounds and 19 points in two tourney games.

Katelyn Watson and Monshea Newsome-Murray (Seaford) tallied nine points apiece. Newsome-Murray added eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.

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