Ice cold Hens fall to JMU

By Sean Greene 10:20pm, January 23, 2013
A shooting night as cold as the weather outside proved to be too much as Delaware men's basketball fell 64-50 at James Madison Wednesday night.

On a 29 degree night in Virginia, Delaware started out strong, grabbing an early 6-2 lead, but watched James Madison counter with a 12-0 run to go up 14-6, a lead they never gave up.

After a pair of Devon Saddler baskets, the Dukes went on a second 12-0 run before taking a 29-18 advantage into halftime.

Delaware (8-11, 3-3 CAA) briefly cut the lead to nine early in the second half before the Dukes (10-10, 4-3) pulled away, eventually stretching their lead to 21 points with under five minutes to go. The loss ended Delaware's six-game road conference winning streak, and was the Blue Hens' third straight conference loss after a 3-0 start.

Saddler finished with 16 points and six rebounds for the Hens.

After the game Ross told the school's website, "They out-played us, out-hustled us,
and out-coached us tonight. "Defensively we did some good things, but we just didn't do a good job of rebounding the basketball. If Kyle, Jamelle and Jarvis don't shoot well, it's going to be tough for us to win."

Delaware was just 29 percent from the floor and managed only 12 field goals.

The Blue Hens are off until Monday when they play at Drexel.

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