NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware men’s basketball team battled back from a 14-point deficit to get within four late, but Buffalo never relinquished the lead to post a 75-72 victory on Wednesday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Blue Hen sophomore Ryan Daly led Delaware (4-5) with 22 points and hit four three-pointers, while grabbing five rebounds on the night. Freshman Ryan Allen (below) reached double figures for the fourth straight game with 16 points, while Chyree Walker (left) was the third Blue Hen in double figures with a season-high 12 points to go with five rebounds.

Kevin Anderson contributed eight points and a game-high five assists, while Eric Carter grabbed a team-leading 11 rebounds for Delaware.

CJ Massinburg paced the Bulls (5-3), the MAC East Division favorite, with 28 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Davonta Jordan added a season-best 20 points, while Nick Perkins chipped in nine points and eight rebounds.

Buffalo led the entire first half, and went up as many as nine before Daly swished a shot from halfcourt as time expired to bring the Blue Hens within 38-32 at the break. Delaware closed within a pair at 45-43 with 14:20 left, but the Bulls responded to go up a game-best 14 at 69-55 with 5:52 on the clock.

Delaware answered back by scoring the next 10 points and was within four three other times down the stretch, including 75-71 in the final seconds. Walker hit the first of two free throws with .5 left, but time expired as Carter grabbed the offensive rebound.

"It’s not the result we wanted, but I love our team and we’re getting better. We had three freshmen on the court late in the game, and they’re learning how to play together. We’ve played a really tough non-conference schedule, and I want to stay positive. We have a fearless group, but just committed a couple of careless turnovers late in the game. We’re a young team, and it’s just a matter of getting over the hump. It’s a coachable group, and it will pay off down the road.”

• Daly reached double figures for the seventh consecutive game, and posted his fourth 20-point game of the year
• Massinburg scored in double digits for the seventh game in a row
• UD knocked down 14 of 17 free throws, while the Bulls only sunk 8 of 15
• Buffalo shot 50.0%, the third straight UD opponent to shoot at least 50% from the field
• UD held a 32-10 advantage in bench points
• Blue Hen junior guard Darian Bryant sat out the game with a concussion
• The Blue Hens will host ninth-ranked Notre Dame in front of a sold-out crowd on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Delaware vs. #9 Notre Dame – December 9, 2017 (7 p.m.)
Delaware at Delaware State – December 17, 2017 (8 p.m.)
Delaware vs. CSU Bakersfield – December 20, 2017 (7 p.m.)

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