It took Monte Ross’s Fightin’ Hens a little longer then he would have hoped to get started, but with a strong second half Delaware was able to survive and advance after beating Hofstra 87-76. The Hens didn’t lead at all in the first half as Hofstra came out firing. They took their first lead two minutes into the second half and held it throughout the rest of the game.
Delaware’s Davon Usher scored a game-high 28 points on 8-15 shooting, but it was Jarvis Threatt’s 18 point second half performance that gave Delaware the boost they needed to withstand the Pride. Threatt, who finished with 22 had one of the biggest plays of the game when he drove and drew the 4th foul on Hofstra’s Zeke Upshaw just six minutes into the second half forcing the Pride’s star to the bench for the next seven minutes. Upshaw led Hofstra with 23 points. Stephen Nwaukoni notched his second straight double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds in the losing effort.
Delaware will take on the winner of Drexel/Northeastern at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon.