UD men suffer home loss to Yale

NEWARK — On a team that includes just two seniors, there really aren’t many veterans to lean on when things go bad.

But Delaware men’s basketball coach Martin Ingelsby made it clear to his two captains, Anthony Mosley and Eric Carter, that what he saw in the first half from the Blue Hens wasn’t nearly good enough.

The second-year coach got what he wanted. Led by Mosley, Delaware showed a lot more life against the Yale in the second half on Monday night.

It was just too little, too late as the Hens still fell to the Bulldogs, 76-66, at the Carpenter Center.

Delaware (4-3) had to settle for the moral victory after Yale (4-4) stormed out to as much as a 24-point first-half lead.

“Coach really challenged me and said he needed more from me,” said Mosley, the only UD senior who played on Monday. “I really just accepted his challenge and was trying to spark a fire for our team. I was really just worrying about trying to get our team back into it.”

Mosley netted 19 of his game-high 23 points in the second half. After trailing 46-25 at intermission, the Hens actually could have put some real pressure on Yale in the final 10 minutes.

Delaware closed within 10 for the first time when a three-pointer from freshman guard Ryan Allen (16 points) cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 63-53 with 8:58 still remaining.

But, with a chance to get their deficit to single digits, the Hens missed a three-pointer and then turned the ball over. They never got that close again until Mosley’s three-point play with 20.3 seconds remaining.

Of course, the real damage was done when Delaware couldn’t stop Yale from going on a commanding 28-2 first-half run. The Hens actually led 10-6 before then.

The Bulldogs buried six of their first seven threes in the contest but also got their share of easy baskets early.

“I think they’re a really talented offensive team,” said Ingelsby. “(But) it was kind of night and day with how we were competing in the first half versus the second half. Our energy wasn’t there.

“We’re still learning as a group to dig in through some adversity. I think that’s a challenge for us.”

It didn’t help the Hens that they were missing freshman guard Kevin Anderson (concussion), who scored in double figures in four of his first college games. Junior post player Carter was also hampered by an ankle injury, going scoreless in 17 minutes before sitting out the rest of the contest.

While that limited Delaware’s offensive options, Ingelsby was disappointed the Hens didn’t try to make up for it on the defensive end of the floor.

“We needed to play harder, be more together, dig in and try to be men out there,” said Ingelsby. “I liked our energy out there (in the second half). We’re counting on a lot of young guys that are still trying to figure it out.

“I didn’t want to worry about the score. I just wanted five guys on the floor who were going to compete and really represent this basketball program with how hard we want to play.”

In only Ingelsby’s second year with Delaware, the Hens’ roster is still very much a mix of the old and new. It’s probably going to be difficult to know what to expect from them from one night to the next.

“It’s tough,” said Mosley, the former Dover resident. “We’re not going to play our best basketball right now. We want to be playing our best basketball in March. I mean it’s kind of hard sometimes, just losing. But I think we’ve got a good team here, a team that’s really going to fight.”

Free throws

Sophomore Ryan Daly had 13 points but eight came in the first three minutes of the game. Daly, who was the only player to play all 40 minutes, has scored in double figures in five straight games. … Derrick Woods had a team-high 10 rebounds with Mosley adding nine. … Miye Oni had a team-high 16 points for Yale as five Bulldogs scored eight points or more. … Yale finished 9-for-17 from three-point range. … Delaware next plays at Navy on Friday night before hosting Buffalo on Dec. 6. The Hens’ marquee home date with Notre Dame looms on Dec. 9.

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