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Delaware torches Hampton to arrange Hofstra rematch in CAA quarterfinals

BY DANIEL STEENKAMER
Managing Sports activities Editor

Delaware males’s basketball didn’t keep away from the Coastal Athletic Affiliation (CAA) event second spherical with its placement because the No. 6 seed on Saturday.  

The Blue Hens, although, solely wanted one half of labor in Washington, D.C. to make sure that they’d be a part of their double-bye CAA rivals within the league quarterfinals on Sunday. 

Delaware demoralized Hampton College by ending the primary half with a 51-16 runaway lead earlier than stamping an 80-50 win. The Hens held ice-cold Hampton, the 14th and last seed, to 5-of-34 area purpose capturing (14.7%) within the opening half. The Pirates had been particularly dreadful from lengthy vary, struggling via 1-of-14 (7.1%) three-point intention within the first 20 minutes as Delaware put any Cinderella concept to mattress.

“My mindset was, ‘Let’s get these core group of fellows some relaxation,’” Delaware head coach Martin Ingelsby stated after the blowout win. “We all know what’s coming tomorrow evening.”

By advancing to Sunday evening’s quarterfinal, the Blue Hens earned a second likelihood this season towards third-seeded Hofstra College. With the Pleasure resting via the primary two days of the convention bracket, it was all of the extra advantageous, or maybe one thing approaching an equalizer, that Delaware might sit its starters for the majority of the second half towards Hampton.

Within the Hens’ romp, common starters Jyáre Davis, Christian Ray, Gerald Drumgoole Jr. and Niels Lane every turned in fewer than 17 minutes complete. 

With the sport in hand for Delaware on the midpoint, Blue Hen reserves equivalent to junior guard Kobe Jerome obtained extra shine within the tourney lights. Jerome chipped in 5 factors, 4 rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes, which was his season excessive in enjoying time.

“Kobe’s been on my thoughts the final couple weeks,” Ingelsby stated. “I believe he earned it with how he practiced this week, and I actually tried to provide him confidence. It provides us one other ball handler, it provides us one other shot-maker, a decision-maker, it takes strain off of Jalun [Trent] and Gerald [Drumgoole Jr.]. 

“I informed him at shootaround this morning, I used to be like, ‘Be able to go. I’m gonna get you in there.’ I simply suppose he helps us transfer on the offensive finish.”

Delaware junior guard Kobe Jerome (above) acquired elevated enjoying time Saturday, tallying 5 factors, 4 rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes of motion. Daniel Steenkamer/THE REVIEW

Delaware’s offense was straightforward to take with no consideration within the first half given Hampton’s woes, however the Blue Hens had been a number of steps forward of the Pirates all through the competition due to the Hens’ personal offensive prowess as effectively.

Delaware blasted Hampton with 19-of-30 (63.3%) area purpose capturing within the first stanza. Within the interval, the Blue Hens obtained 14 of Drumgoole’s 17 factors, 9 of Cavan Reilly’s 14, eight of Trent’s 12 and all 9 of Davis’ complete.

By the ultimate horn of the CAA’s nightcap, Delaware shot 48.3% from the sector, 42.9% from past the arc and 15-of-19 on the foul line. The Hens’ 80-point output got here regardless of backups largely comprising the 29-point second half.

Ingelsby appreciated the synergy proven by the alternates in his rotation.

“That group that got here in, they’ve performed lots collectively on the blue staff day-after-day, so there’s some continuity, there’s some familiarity with what we wish to do and the way we wish to play,” Ingelsby stated of his second string.

Delaware will want each little bit of depth it may muster when going through Hofstra, which defeated the Blue Hens 76-71 Jan. 6 on Lengthy Island.

In that victory, Hofstra loved double figures in scoring by graduate guard Tyler Thomas (22), junior guard Darlinstone Dubar (18) and graduate ahead Jacco Fritz (15). Thomas is the CAA Participant of the 12 months as voted upon by convention head coaches.

Underneath Ingelsby, Delaware is 3-16 versus Hofstra. Its most up-to-date triumph got here Jan. 15, 2021, a 74-56 Blue Hens win within the Bob Carpenter Heart.

The Blue Hens have struggled versus Hofstra below Martin Ingelsby (above), however will look to alter that Sunday evening within the CAA quarterfinals. Daniel Steenkamer/THE REVIEW

With its shellacking of Hampton within the books, nonetheless, Delaware will intention to be sufficiently rested and assured to shake the sequence mojo opposing Hofstra. The Hens left a mark on the Pirates, whose 23.4% area purpose evening broke Delaware’s document for worst by a foe within the CAA event.

“We weren’t mentally or bodily ready for what we bumped into tonight,” Hampton head coach Edward Joyner Jr. stated postgame. “I believe the start of that begins with me, clearly, I didn’t have them ready for what we bumped into tonight.

“When adversity hit, we went out the window.”

Delaware squares off towards Hofstra at 8:30 p.m. tonight on the Leisure & Sports activities Enviornment. Take heed to the dwell broadcast on 91.3 WVUD FM or on wvud.org.