NEWARK, Del. – Delaware built a 16-point lead in the second half and held off a Drexel run late in the game as the Blue Hens posted their second consecutive home win with a 72-66 victory over Drexel Thursday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Junior forward Eric Carter recorded his fifth double-double of the season by finishing with team-highs of 17 points and 13 rebounds for Delaware, which improved to 10-8 overall and 3-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Ryan Allen (below) finished with 15 points, Ryan Daly contributed 13, and Darian Bryant (left) chipped in 11 points and five assists.

Tramaine Isabell notched a double-double with team-highs of 14 points and 15 boards for the Dragons, who dropped to 7-11 overall and 1-4 in league play.

The Blue Hens used a 10-point spurt to take a 21-12 advantage midway through the first half, and led the rest of the way. Delaware took a 31-27 advantage into the break and eventually went up double digits at 55-44 at the 10:47 mark.

The lead grew to as much as 66-50 on a Bryant three-pointer with 7:07 to play, but Drexel used a 9-1 run to pull within 69-66 with 1:19 to play. But the Dragons would not score the rest of the way, while a free throw by Mosley and two by Daly put the game away.

“For us any win is a great win. We got into a good rhythm in the second half and extended the lead to 16. Down the stretch, Drexel picked up the tempo and we were a little careless with the ball. Drexel is a talented offensive team and they made some tough shots. I thought we did a good enough job on the defensive end when we needed to, switching between zone and man. We were switching to keep them in front of us. Overall we held them to 20 percent from three and 41 percent from the floor. I think we really won this game with our defense.”

“Tonight was a physical game. We came out and played hard. Our fans were into the game and provided a spark for us. I could tell tonight was a rivalry game because of the atmosphere. Before I got to Delaware I knew about the rivalry because my cousin [Terrell Allen] played a season for Drexel.”

“We got stops tonight when it mattered at the end. We let Drexel hang around a bit too much and probably should have put the game away when we were up 16. At the end of the day a win is a win, and we protected our home court and got another key win in the conference.”

• Delaware won its second straight home game, and fourth of the last five at the BCC
• The Blue Hens defeated Drexel at home for the third year in a row
Ryan Daly reached double figures for the 16th straight game
• Carter’s 13 rebounds are a season-high
• Bryant’s five assists tied his career-high

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