Jan 4, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT
We tip off our CAA campus tour coverage this afternoon from the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware as the Blue Hens host Cal Poly. The CAA.TV staff will be visiting all nine campuses over the next two months to provide in-depth features, post-game press conferences, highlights and much more.
Be sure to watch for our features with Blue Hens’ men’s basketball player Kyle Anderson on Tuesday and UD women’s basketball player Kelsey Buchanan on Wednesday.
In the meantime, we’ll be blogging from this afternoon’s game.
Give Cal Poly the “Frequent Flier Team of the Month Award”. In a three-game stretch between Dec. 21 and Jan. 4, the Mustangs traveled to Pitt, went back to California to face Stanford, then returned to the East Coast to meet the Blue Hens.
FINAL – Delaware 82, Cal Poly 72
Delaware goes 32-for-39 at the free throw line and holds on for a 10-point win over Cal Poly to close out non-conference play. Jarvis Threatt leads the Hens with 25 points, while Devon Saddler adds 22 points and Kyle Anderson has 15. The 32 made FT’s are the most by a CAA team this season. We’ll have post-game coverage from the press conference soon.
Second Half – 4:49 remaining – Delaware 71, Cal Poly 55
Blue Hens have cooled off the floor and Cal Poly has warmed up from three to close within 16. Jarvis Threatt with a game-high 23 points for UD.
Second Half – 11:28 remaining – Delaware 64, Cal Poly 42
All Blue Hens in the second half as the lead expands to 22. Along with his strong day offensively, Devon Saddler dishes off back-to-back assists, one to Kyle Anderson for a 3-pointer and another on an alley-oop dunk to Jarvis Threatt.
Second Half – 15:19 remaining – Delaware 54, Cal Poly 40
Teams have mostly traded buckets over the first five minutes of the second period. Devon Saddler now 5-for-5 from three and leads the Blue Hens with 17 points. Saddler was just 12-for-35 from beyond the arc entering the game.
Halftime – Delaware 47, Cal Poly 33
We mentioned per game scoring averages (Delaware – 81.1 ppg/Cal Poly 64.3) earlier. After a sizzling start for both teams, the Blue Hens kept up the pace while the Mustangs slowed down. UD closed the half on 21-7 run after the game was tied at 26-26 to take a 14-point lead into the locker room. Senior Devon Saddler came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points in just 15 minutes, hitting 4-for-4 from 3-point range. Junior Jarvis Threatt has filled the stat sheet with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Kyle Anderson (9 points) and Davon Usher (8 points) have also contributed. The Hens improved defensively, limiting Cal Poly 5-of-16 FG shooting after an 8-for-12 start.
One more big stat. Delaware is 13-for-15 at the free throw line while Cal Poly is 2-for-4. Difference of 11 points in a 14-point game.
First Half – 6:52 remaining – Delaware 29, Cal Poly 26
The three-point barrage continues for the Blue Hens, who are now 7-of-15 from beyond the arc. Devon Saddler is 3-for-3 from long distance, including back-to-back treys. Kyle Anderson has eight points. Cal Poly is shooting 61.1% from the floor.
First Half – 11:17 remaining – Cal Poly 19, Delaware 18
Delaware leads the CAA in scoring, averaging 81.1 points per game, and they are on that pace this afternoon. The Blue Hens have also hit a league-high 110 three-pointers this season and that has been their main source of offense. UD is 4-for-11 from beyond the arc, with Kyle Anderson and Davon Usher both hitting a pair. Cal Poly only averages 64.3 ppg, but is off to a hot start, hitting 8-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-6 from three to take a one-point lead.
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