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Newark, Del. – The William & Mary men’s basketball team connected on a school-record tying 16 3-pointers and dished out 28 assists in upending Delaware, 94-79, on Thursday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Leading by four at the half, W&M (14-6, 6-3 CAA) scored the first eight points of the second half and held a double-digit advantage for the majority of the final 20 minutes in handing the Blue Hens (5-15, 0-9 CAA) their 12th-straight loss.
It marked the fifth time in W&M history, and third under head coach Tony Shaver, that the Tribe hit 16 3-pointers, while the 28 assists were the most by a CAA team this season and the second-most in program annals.
Sophomore David Cohn continued his strong play, tallying a career-high 23 points to go with nine assists. He was 7-of-12 from the field, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range. Classmate Connor Burchfield busted the Blue Hens zone defense, connecting on all six of his 3-point attempts in the opening 20 minutes and scored 18 points on the night.
Junior Omar Prewitt turned in a nice all-around stat line with 18 points, five rebounds, a career-high tying six assists and two blocked shots, and senior Terry Tarpey just missed a double-double with 16 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
The Tribe led by four, 42-38, at the half, but scored the first eight points of the second 20 minutes to take control. Cohn connected down a pair of 3-pointers, including the second just over two minutes into the half to extend the Tribe lead to 50-38.
The Green and Gold scored seven straight points to push the lead to its largest at 15. Cohn assisted on two-straight Tribe buckets, finding Prewitt for a 3-pointer and sophomore Greg Malinowski for a lay-up to extend the margin to 57-42 at the 14:22 mark.
A personal 8-0 run for Delaware’s Kory Holden drew the home side within six at the under eight-minute media timeout. After hitting a pair of free throws, Holden drilled back-to-back 3-pointers to slice the Tribe margin to 66-60 with 7:54 left.
Cohn answered on the ensuing Tribe possession with one of his five 3-pointers to spark a 10-2 run. Malinowski found sophomore Jack Whitman for a dunk and then knocked down a triple from the left corner. A pair of Prewitt free throws at the 5:55 mark pushed the Tribe advantage to 76-62.
Delaware drew within eight, 78-70, on a Holden fast-break jumper with just over four minutes remaining. Prewitt though answered with a triple on the next Tribe possession, and W&M connected 13-of-16 from the free throw line over the final 3:09 to outdistance the Blue Hens. The Green and Gold snapped a nine-game losing steam to the Blue Hens, dating back to the 2010 season.
W&M shot 47 percent (31-of-66) from the field, including a 43.2-percent (16-of-37) clip on 3-point attempts. The Tribe finished the night at 84.2 percent (16-of-19) at the charity stripe and outrebounded the Blue Hens, 39-36. The Green and Gold dished out those 28 assists on its 31 made field goals.
Delaware shot 43.9 percent (29-of-66) overall, including 14-of-29 (48.3 percent) from 3-point range. Holden led UD with 29 points on 10-of-22 from the floor and 6-of-9 from 3-point range. Cazmon Hayes chipped in 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting and 5-of-9 from 3, while Anthony Mosley added 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Marvin King-Davis led the Hens with 12 rebounds, but scored just six points on 3-of-11 shooting after entering the game averaging nearly 17 per contest in CAA play.
Neither team led by more than five points in the opening half. The Tribe twice take took a five-point advantage on Burchfield 3-pointers. His triple at the 6:34 mark gave W&M a 27-22 lead, but Delaware answered with a 7-0 run. A Mosley lay-up less than two minutes later gave the home team a 29-27 advantage. Burchfield answered on the ensuing Tribe possession with a triple to put the visitors back in front.
A Devonne Pinkard 3-pointer tied the game at 35 with three minutes left in the opening half. A cutting Cohn lay-up and a Burchfield’s sixth straight 3-pointer of the first period extended the Tribe margin back to five, 40-35 with 1:25 left in the half.
The Tribe returns home for a regionally televised game with James Madison (16-6, 6-3 CAA) on Sunday night. The contest is slated for a 7 p.m. from Kaplan Arena and will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia, California and Northwest as well as SportsNet New York. Fans can also watch the broadcast online at CAA.TV (subject to online blackout in certain areas).
Tribe fans can also catch the men’s basketball action over the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley and Charlie Woollum on the call. The Tide 92.3 FM and 107.9 Bach FM are the flagship stations of the Tribe Radio Network and the audio is also available over the Web at TribeAthletics.com.