Delaney Puts up Career-High 17 at Delaware
Nov. 26, 2011
NEWARK, Del. - Lafayette's second-half comeback erased a 14-point deficit, but the Leopards came up just short in an 81-78 decision at Delaware in a Saturday matinee.
Trailing 44-30 at halftime, Lafayette began chipping away at the Blue Hens' advantage led by Rob Delaney, who scored 11 of his career-high 17 in the second half and Jim Mower who had 13 of his team-high 19 in the same span.
Mower cut Delaware's lead to eight (50-42 at 16:03) with a three-pointer off Ryan Willen's steal in the backcourt. A minute later a long three by freshman guard Seth Hinrichs (13 points) sliced it to five (50-45), prompting a Delaware timeout.
Delaware (2-2) ripped off an 11-2 run to take a 61-47 lead at the 12-minute mark as four players scored for Delaware in the span.
The Leopards (3-3) kept grinding with Joey Ptasinski hitting a three at 7:49 and Mower adding a driving layup to trim the margin to 63-59. Ptasinski hit another three-pointer with 5:12 left and two Mower free throws brought Lafayette within one (67-66) a minute later.
Mower and the Leopards finally tied the game for the first time since 2-2 when he converted a pair of free throws with 1:30 left to knot the score at 73. Devon Saddler, who finished with a career-high 32 points, put in a layup to take a 75-73 lead. Two more Mower free throws tied the game for the final time with 57 seconds left.
Saddler drove into the lane and dished off to Kyle Anderson (16 points) on the wing where he knocked down a three with 30 seconds to play. Down three, Nick Petkovich misfired on a three and Delaney was in the mix for the rebound. Delaney dove on the floor for the loose ball and attempted to call timeout, but the officials used a quick whistle to rule a jump ball, giving Delaware possession with 12 seconds left.
Following a Saddler free throw, Willen hit a three with 4.1 left to cut the lead to 79-78. The Leopards fouled and Khalid Lewis made both free throws. Lafayette had a decent look to tie the game at the buzzer, as Mower's three from just inside halfcourt missed short off the front iron.
Lafayette got off to quick start in the Saturday matinee. The Leopards led 12-5 at 15:30 when Petkovich hit a three. Then, Delaware took its turn, running off 10 straight on two three's by Saddler and another from Anderson to lead 22-15.
Saddler had 17 points for Delaware in the first half, including a bucket just before the end of the half that stretched the Blue Hens' lead to 44-30. Delaware had 11 second-chance points, thanks to five offensive boards. The Leopards played without Willen for the final nine minutes of the first half, as he was hit with two fouls. Willen was one of four players in double figures in the game for the Leopards, finishing with 10 points.
Lafayette travels to Princeton on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
Lafayette committed a season-low 10 turnovers, only two of which came in the first half.
Freshman Alan Flannigan made the most of his five minutes, grabbing three rebounds.