The University of Delaware men’s basketball team has now won six straight games to open up the season, as the team defeated the Saint Francis University (PA) Red Flash 79-64 on Tuesday at DeGol Arena.
The leading scorer of the game for the Blue Hens was redshirt junior guard Nate Darling who scored 28 points.
Redshirt sophomore forward Justyn Mutts had a double-double in the game as he had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Two other Delaware players scored in double digits in the win which they were junior guard Kevin Anderson (14) and redshirt senior forward Collin Goss (10).
Delaware had the advantage in multiple categories in this game which included points in the paint (36-32), points off turnovers (16-3), rebounds (34-32), assists (14-9), blocks (4-2) and steals (6-2).
The Blue Hens also bested Saint Francis in shooting percentage by shooting 55.4 % (31-56) and the Red Flash shot 39.0 % (23-59). Delaware also had the advantage at the three-point line by shooting 42.1 % (8-19) and Saint Francis shot 18.2 % (4-12).
Darling Scores 20 Points In First Half To Give Hens Halftime Lead
The leading scorer for the Blue Hens in the first half was Nate Darling who scored 20 points. As a team, the Hens shot 48.1% (13-27) in the first half and they also shot 70% (7-10) from the free-throw line.
The Red Flash struggled with shooting in the first half as the team had a 38.7% (12-31) shooting percentage and they also shot 83.3 % (10-12) from the free-throw line.
Saint Francis outrebounded Delaware 21-16 in the first half.
Delaware had four blocks in the first half.
The first half started with the Blue Hens going on a 11-2 run which was led by Nate Darling who scored four of the 11 points on the drive.
At the 14:29 minute mark, the Red Flash answered back with a run of their own as the team went on a 8-2 run which decreased Delaware’s lead to 13-10 with 12:26 left in the first half.
After that Saint Francis run, Delaware’s lead remained in the single digits for the rest of the half, as the Flash were relentless as they made sure the Hens did not get too comfortable.
The Hens would end the half with a made layup from Darling which gave them a 38-37 lead.
First Half Stats
Blue Hens were shooting 48.1% (13-27) in the first half and Saint Francis was shooting 38.7% (12-31) .
Delaware shot 70% (7-10)at the free-throw line and the Red Flash shot 83.3 % (10-12).
The leading scorer for the Blue Hens in the first half was Nate Darling who scored 20 points.
The leading scorer for Saint Francis in the first half was Tyler Stewart who scored 12 points.
Delaware Shooting Soars In Second Half As They Put Away SFU For The Win
The leading scorer for the Blue Hens in the second half was Kevin Anderson who scored 11 points. As a team, the Hens shot 62.1 % (18-29) in the first half and they also shot 66.7 %(2-3) from the free-throw line.
Saint Francis did not improve their shooting woes that much in the second half, as the team shot 39.3 % (11-28) and they also shot 80.0 % from the free-throw line.
Delaware outrebounded the Red Flash 18-11 in the second half.
The second half started with Delaware going on a 13-2 run which increased their lead to 51-39 with 15:51 left in the game. Collin Goss led the charge on the 13-2 run by scoring six of the 13 points on the drive.
The Hens started another run about a minute later, as the team had a 11-4 run which gave them a 62-45 lead with 10:07 left in the second half. Anderson led the charge on that run by scoring seven of the eleven points on the run.
Saint Francis would outscore Delaware 19-17 for the rest of the half but it would not be enough for a comeback, as the Hens would take home a 79-64 win.
Delaware takes on Stony Brook on November 27th at 7:00pm ET at the Bob Carpenter Center.
FG%: UD55.4 %& SFU 39.0 %
3P%: UD42.1 %& SFU 18.2 %
FT%: UD69.2 %&SFU 82.4 %
Rebs: UD 34&SFU 32
Ast: UD14&SFU 9
Stl: UD 6&SFU 2
TO: UD 10&SFU10
Blks: UD 4 &SFU2