The University of Delaware men’s basketball team earned their 11th win of the season on Saturday as they defeated the University of North Carolina Wilmington Seahawks 82-68 at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The leading scorer of the game for the Blue Hens was redshirt junior guard Nate Darling who had 21 points.
Four other Blue Hen players scored in double digits which were redshirt sophomore forward Justyn Mutts (17), junior guard Kevin Anderson (11), junior guard Ryan Allen (10) and Dylan Painter (10).
Delaware had the advantage in multiple categories in this game which included points in the paint (32-26), points off turnovers (16-8), rebounds (28-23) and assists (18-13).
The Blue Hens also bested UNCW in shooting percentage by shooting 52.8 %(28-53) and the Seahawks shot 46.2 % (24-52). Delaware also had the advantage at the three-point line by shooting 52.2 % (12-23) and UNCW shot 38.9 % (7-18).
Delaware made sure they took advantage of their time at the free-throw line as the team shot 93.3 % (14-15). The Seahawks shot 68.4 % (13-19) at the free-throw line in the game.
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Hens Take A 14 Point Lead Into The Half
The leading scorer for the Hens in the first half was Nate Darling who had 12 points. As a team, the Hens shot 55.17 % (16-29) in the first half and they also shot 56.25 % (9-16) at the three-point line.
UNCW struggled to find any good looks at the basket as the team shot 39.13 % ( 9-23) in the first half and they also shot 71.43 % (10-14) at the free-throw line.
The first 12 minutes of this game was like a boxing match as the lead would go back and forth from the two teams constantly.
Starting at the 8:13 minute mark, Delaware took control of the game as the team went on a 20-5 run to take a 38-23 lead with 2:35 remaining in the first half. In this run, the Blue Hens were on fire from downtown as the team hit six three-point shots. Darling was the leader of this run as he scored 12 of the 20 points.
The Seahawks would outscore the Blue Hens 6-5 for the rest of the half but Delaware would still take a 43-29 lead into the half.
First Half Stats
Delaware shot 55.17 % (16-29) in the first half and UNCW shot 39.13 % ( 9-23)
The Blue Hens shot 56.25 % (9-16) at the three-point line in the first half and the Seahawks shot 25.00 % (1-4).
Nate Darling was the leading scorer for the Blue Hens in the first half as he scored 12 points.
Marten Linssen was the leading scorer for UNCW in the first half as he scored eight points.
Hens Battle In Second Half To Take A 14 Point Win
The leading scorer for the Hens in the second half was Justyn Mutts who had 13 points. The Blue Hens regressed a little in the second half with their shooting as the team shot 50.00 % (12-24). Delaware also shot 92.31 % (12-13) at the free-throw line in the second half.
The Seahawks improved their shooting percentage in the second half as the team shot 51.72 % ( 15-29) and they also shot 60.00 % (3-5) at the free-throw line.
The second half started with the Hens still feeling the momentum of the first half, as the team went on an 8-1 run to push their lead to 51-30 with 16:15 left in the game. Mutts led the run by scoring four of the eight points.
At the 9:44 minute mark, UNCW went on a 9-2 run which decreased the Blue Hens lead to 69-50 with 8:14 left in the game.
The Seahawks would outscore Delaware 18-13 for the rest of the half but the Blue Hens would still take home a convincing 82-68 conference win.
Delaware stays at home to take on Charleston on December 30th at 7:00 PM ET.
FG%: UD52.8 %& UNCW 46.2 %
3P%: UD52.2 %%& UNCW38.9 %
FT%: UD93.3 %&UNCW68.4 %
Rebs: UD 28&UNCW23
Stl: UD 6&UNCW6
TO: UD 11&UNCW10
Blks: UD 5 &UNCW5