Newark, DE – Junior forward Daquan Brown had a season-high 13 points, while senior forward David Imes added eight points and eight rebounds for Hofstra, but Delaware pulled away late for a 69-54 victory over the Pride on Wednesday evening at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The loss drops Hofstra’s overall record to 4-11 and evens their Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) mark at 1-1.  Delaware improves to 7-8 and 2-0 in conference action.

Junior forward Stephen Nwaukoni had a solid outing for Hofstra with seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds in 25 minutes of action.

Devon Saddler had a solid game for the Blue Hens, leading the way with 23 points and adding five rebounds.  Jarvis Threatt chipped in with 19 points and six steals.  

Hofstra did a solid job on Jamelle Hagins as the Pride held the Blue Hens second-leading scorer to zero points.  He came into the contest averaging 13.1 points per game.

A very competitive first half would see Delaware take a slight 31-28 lead into the break as Saddler led the Blue Hens with 11 points and Threatt added 10.  Hofstra’s frontcourt had an outstanding opening 20 minutes as Brown led the way with 10 points, marking the highest total of his career.  Redshirt freshman forward Jordan Allen added six points, while Nwaukoni notched four points and five rebounds.

An early jumper from Brown gave Hofstra a 10-8 lead at the 11:58 mark before Delaware used a quick 6-0 run, fueled by a pair of baskets from Threatt, to earn a 14-10 advantage with 11:07 showing on the clock.

Delaware would continue to hold a lead the remainder of the opening stanza, but Hofstra never allowed the Blue Hens to pull away.  With Delaware leading 28-22 with 3:37 to play following a free throw from Kyle Anderson, back-to-back baskets from Brown and Imes closed the gap to two with 2:18 left before intermission.  Brown would end the scoring in the first half as he hit a pair of free throws with 1:04 on the clock to allow the Pride to go into the locker room down just three, 31-28.

Hofstra would trail 39-30 heading into the under-16 media timeout as the Blue Hens used an 8-0 run to open their largest lead of the contest.

A bucket from Saddler followed by a three-pointer from Anderson with 13:35 to play would push the lead to 13 at 46-33 as the Blue Hens began to pull away.

Senior guard Stevie Mejia would drain a three-pointer from the wing with 12:53 on the clock to stem the tide and cut the deficit to 47-36.

That would be as close as the Pride would get the rest of the way, though, as Delaware pulled away for the 15-point victory.

Mejia added nine points and four rebounds for Hofstra, while Allen finished with eight points.

Hofstra is back in action on Saturday when it hosts William & Mary at 4 p.m.  For ticket information call (516) HOF-TIXX.