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Drexel offers Delaware second straight dwelling loss, damaging CAA event seeding

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Delaware delivered the opening salvo Monday night time in entrance of three,390 on the Bob Carpenter Middle and a nationwide tv viewers. 

Drexel College had the scale, shot-making and hustle to reply accordingly, taking down the Blue Hens 70-60 to hinder their Coastal Athletic Affiliation (CAA) event double-bye hopes. 

Delaware (17-12, 9-7 CAA) misplaced its second consecutive dwelling sport after first-place Faculty of Charleston pulled away from the Hens in a 90-71 romp on Thursday. 

The hosts defended their basket at a greater clip towards Drexel (18-11, 11-5 CAA) however hit a wall on offense after racing out to leads of 18-8 and 25-16 over the Dragons within the first half.

“We didn’t do a terrific job on the finish of the half towards their zone,” Delaware head coach Martin Ingelsby stated. “It kinda paralyzed us. It allowed them to get assured.” 

Drexel had the boldness of a 33-27 halftime lead regardless of Delaware’s surge of game-opening layups by senior guard Niels Lane, fifth-year guard Christian Ray and graduate guard Gerald Drumgoole Jr. The trio’s mixture for 5 layups within the sport’s first six minutes wound up accounting for practically 1 / 4 of Delaware’s factors within the paint in complete (44).

As soon as Drexel’s zone protection walled off extra of the Blue Hens’ drives to the cup, the Delaware nicely ran dry amidst a three-point taking pictures drought. Drexel restricted the Hens to 2-of-15 from past the arc, which included Drumgoole silenced at 0-of-5.

“We gotta rating the basketball,” Ingelsby stated, nicely conscious of the woeful offensive statistics. “We scored 60 factors, we have been 10-of-18 from the foul line, 2-of-15 from the three-point line. Towards a group like that, you gotta be capable of put some factors up on the board, and we simply haven’t had it recently.” 

Drexel clicked on its journeys down the ground with sophomore guard Justin Moore registering 20 factors on 8-of-15 from the sphere, plus 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Moore’s vary exterior and 6-foot-10-inch senior ahead Amari Williams’ presence inside made the Dragons a handful.

“He’s a load,” Ingelsby stated of Williams earlier than complimenting Moore’s capability to manage Drexel’s offense.

Delaware is most in management when it will probably push the ball on the run, Ray talked about after the loss. The Blue Hens didn’t earn these possibilities down the stretch Monday night time.

“I’ve stated this all yr lengthy,” Ray stated. “I feel we’re greatest in transition. Once we get defensive rebounds and we’re capable of push, we’re capable of get simple ones. After they begin scoring, now it’s a half-court sport, it makes it a bit tougher for us, particularly with their dimension.”

Williams banked 14 factors for Drexel on 6-of-13 from the ground. He was joined in double figures by graduate ahead Lucas Monroe’s 13 factors.

Ray’s 12 factors have been Delaware’s group excessive. His 12 rebounds, additionally the Hens’ greatest, earned the Hole, Pennsylvania native his seventh double-double this season.

“You’re taking the ball out of the ring so much within the second half,” Ingelsby stated about Delaware laboring on offense after Drexel conversions. “They’re scoring the basketball, and we weren’t capable of get any threes in transition that we’ve gotten earlier than. [On] layups, we acquired to the foul line a bit bit, however once more, weren’t capable of capitalize.”

Delaware’s free-throw taking pictures share is second-to-last within the CAA, rating forward of solely Towson College. The Tigers, although, are one in all 5 league groups located in entrance of Delaware within the standings on Tuesday, imperiling the Blue Hens’ pursuit of a top-four convention bracket seed and corresponding double-bye.

Christian Ray (#5 above) soars for a rebound try towards Charleston on Feb. 22. Jordan Rosales/THE REVIEW

Drexel elevated the pressure on Delaware heading into March by beating the house squad to the punch as the sport progressed, Ray noticed, calling “50/50 balls” key.

“They beat us to the bottom so much, they beat us in offensive rebounds so much, particularly in large moments, so we gotta do a greater job of that.”

Ray handles quite a lot of Delaware’s rebounding accountability himself, main the CAA at 9.2 boards per sport.

“It was a terrific ambiance in right here tonight,” Ray stated a couple of think about Delaware’s sizzling begin earlier than Drexel “did begin sporting us down a bit bit.”

Ingelsby made clear that Delaware stalled offensively towards the Dragon zone, however acknowledged readily that “that’s on me to assist direct our group.”

In the long run, Delaware lacked the free-throw makes to maintain a comeback towards a Drexel group that completed taking pictures 50 % from the sphere.

“Some guys gotta step up,” Ingelsby stated, “and we gotta perhaps reinvent ourselves offensively.”