Stony Brook holds off UD men’s basketball team

Eric Carter paced Delaware with 17 points and 11 rebounds, notching his fifth double-double of the season. (Submitted photo)

STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Delaware rallied all the way back from an 11-point second-half deficit to take a lead in the final two minutes on Sunday.

But that left Stony Brook enough time to answer with a rally of its own as the Seawolves pulled out a 74-68 victory over the Blue Hens in non-conference men’s basketball at Island Federal Arena.

Stony Brook (10-2) tallied the final seven points of the contest to win the first meeting between the two programs.

Freshman Matt Veretto drained a three-pointer from the left wing with 1:25 remaining to put Delaware (8-4) in front 68-67. But the Seawolves quickly answered with a Miles Latimore three to go back up by two with a minute to play.

Kevin Anderson’s driving layup was then blocked, while Jaron Cornish found Andrew Garcia for a layup at the other end to make it a four-point game with 24 seconds on the clock.

Ryan Allen and Anderson then each missed three-point attempts in the final seconds as Stony Brook sealed the victory. Allen, who was playing his first game of the season after recovering from a foot injury, did sink 5-of-8 three-pointers to net 15 points off the bench.

“I’m happy with how we battled back,” said Delaware coach Martin Ingelsby. “I thought we got into a good offensive flow in the second half and made some shots. We just need a few defensive stops to get out of here with a ‘W.’ This is a tough one for us, but that’s a good basketball team.

“It was great having Ryan Allen back, he played like he hadn’t missed any time. So that was a good shot in the arm for us, and we need to keep building off that with him.”

Ithiel Horton reached double figures for the 10th straight game by also scoring 17 points.

Veretto was the fourth Blue Hen in double figures with 12 points, while Anderson contributed seven points and a game-high six assists.

Akwasi Yeboah tied his season-high with 25 points for Stony Brook, including five three-pointers.

Both teams knocked down 11 of 25 three-point attempts on the day, while the Seawolves held a 42-31 rebounding advantage.

The Seawolves used a 10-1 run late in the first half to break a 23-23 deadlock, and eventually took a 35-30 lead into the break. The margin grew to 11 six minutes into the second period but the Hens erupted with an 11-0 run, including three threes by Allen, to pull even at 64-64 with 11:37 on the clock.

Delaware again battled back from a six-point deficit to tie the game at 65-65, and after a Seawolves’ bucket, Veretto drilled a three-pointer to put the Hens on top before Stony Brook’s final decisive run.

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