Hempstead, NY - Jarvis Threatt scored a game-high 20 points and Jamelle Hagins scored 14 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as Delaware posted a 71-57 win over Hofstra Tuesday night at the Mack Sports Complex. Delaware broke open the game in the final seven minutes in what had been a tightly-contested game.
The win, Delaware's fifth straight, improves the Blue Hens to 14-12 overall and 10-6 in the CAA. Hofstra falls to 8-20, 2-14 with its fourth consecutive setback.
Senior guard Mike Moore led the Pride with 16 points and also added seven rebounds and five assists. Senior forward Nathaniel Lester had 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Junior guard Stevie Mejia was the third Hofstra player in double-figures with 10 points.
The game looked to get out of hand early as Delaware built a 17-4 lead 6:53 into the contest behind six points from Kyle Anderson and five from Josh Brinkley. Hofstra though stormed back behind Mejia and Moore to tie the game at 28 with 3:16 left in the half on Moore's fast break layup. But the Blue Hens scored the next seven points to take a 35-28 lead with 1:20 left and went into the half up four, 36-32, as Lester scored the Pride's final four points on free throws.
Moore finished the first half with 11 points to lead all scorers, while Mejia had eight first half points. Threatt had 10 points off the bench to lead the Blue Hens in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second half Delaware built a nine-point lead, 49-40, on a pair of free throws by Threatt with 11:40 to play. But once again Hofstra rallied with a 10-0 run over the next 3:38 to take a 50-49 lead on Moore's three-pointer with 8:02 to play. Junior forward Matt Grogan started the run with a three-pointer, while freshman center Moussa Kone scored four points in the spurt.
However Higgins put the Blue Hens on top to stay with a put back dunk that gave Delaware a 51-50 lead with 7:32 to play. Delaware would close the game on a 22-7 run to account for the final score.
Hofstra did hold Delaware's Devon Saddler, the CAA's second leading scorer behind Moore, to just four points (14.9 below his season average). The four points was also a season-low for the high-scoring guard.
The Pride will step out of conference in its next contest when they host Siena in a Sears/ESPN BracketBuster contest on Saturday afternoon. Game time is set for 4 p.m.