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Drexel sets Division I record with 34-point comeback

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A Drexel basket brought the score to an innocuous 5-3 in the first two minutes of its game against Delaware. The next 38 minutes were a lot more interesting.

The Blue Hens went on a 48-16 run to take a 34-point first-half lead on Drexel, only to cough it up as Dragons outscored them 66-30 the rest of the way to complete the largest comeback in Division I history in an 85-83 victory:

The 34-point comeback tops the previous record of 32 by Duke on Dec. 30, 1950. That’s more than 67 years ago, for those keeping score at home.

Delaware had a win probability of at least 99 percent for about 11 minutes in the middle of the game. They led 56-29 at halftime and still managed to lose. Drexel shot 56.8 percent from the floor and 53.8 percent from 3-point range after halftime. They opened the second half on an 18-4 run and, after the lead was pushed back to 17 points, responded with another 17-4 run to keep things interesting. 

Tramaine Isabell led the way for the Dragons with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. He scored or assisted on 38 points after halftime, and he scored 27 of his 29 points in the final 22:30 of the game. Drexel finally retook a two-point lead on Delaware with 1:55 left and, after Delaware tired the game, again took the lead with 1:13 left. But a Ryan Daly jumper with 10 seconds left to tie the game. On Drexel’s final possession, Isabell was fouled shooting a three and, with 2.2 seconds left, he made two of three free throws.

Drexel would, of course, go on to win.

The great thing about college basketball is you can get a historic performance out of Drexel and Delaware on a random Thursday night. And it’s not even March yet.

Delaware situation continues to deteriorate

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May should be a time of relative relaxation for most college programs. Other than trying to add a piece or two here and there via transfer or late signee and waiting for your players to make their final NBA Draft decisions, there’s not a whole lot of immediate, pressing issues for most programs. It’s about patching holes and looking forward, mostly.

Unless of course, you don’t really have a program, which is the case currently at Delaware.

With the decision of Maurice Jeffers to graduate and transfer, the Blue Hens are down to four scholarship players for the 2016-17 season. They also don’t have a coach.

Yes, it’s May 10th and the University of Delaware hasn’t found a suitable or willing candidate to take the reins of their men’s basketball program.

Monte Ross’ 10-year tenure with Delaware ended nearly two months ago, but there’s still no one in place as head coach. The school hasn’t even gotten around to removing Ross from the coaches page on its website.

Point guard Kory Holden bolted for South Carolina, taking his 17.7 points per game with him, Chivarsky Corbett jumped to UT-San Antonio and Skye Johnson, Eric Carter and Cazmon Hayes also asked for releases.

The Hens have already punted on one of the most important offseason months on the calendar, April (home of two live recruiting periods), and it’s hard to see a coach getting hired now and being able to take anything other than castoffs or players better suited for a lower level just to field a roster for next season. That’s assuming, of course, Delaware does eventually hire a coach.

Likely complicating matters is that Delaware does not have a full-time athletic director, with Matthew Robinson currently serving in an interim capacity after Eric Ziady stepped down in December. Coaches can always replenish a depleted roster, even one as barren as Delaware’s, but nothing makes prospective candidates more leery of a situation than an unsure future of the person who hires them.

In the big picture, it’s more important for Delaware to hire the right person, even if it means sacrificing the short-term, but it’s not a stretch to imagine the handling of the present is doing real damage to the future, whoever the Hens hire.

Delaware signs head coach Monté Ross to an extension


Monté Ross has reached an agreement on a multi-year contract extension with Delaware, sources told

An official announcement is expected to be released this afternoon.

Ross, who has been at Delaware for nine years, was in the final year of his contract this year despite coming off a CAA regular season title and an NCAA tournament trip in 2014 that capped the best seasons in program history, a three-year stretch where the Blue Hens were 39-13.

In 2014-2015, Delaware went just 10-20, but Ross had a team with just one junior and one senior on the roster. Once senior guard Kyle Anderson returned from injury, the Blue Hens finished 9-9 in league play and beat some of the top teams in the conference. With freshmen Kory Holden and Chivarsky Corbett and sophomore Cazmon Hayes both returning, the future is bright in Newark.

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Delaware continues recent dominance of William & Mary (VIDEO)

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After losing many of the key contributors from last season’s CAA tournament champion team, the 2014-15 season hasn’t gone too well for Monte Ross’ Delaware Blue Hens. Saturday afternoon Delaware moved to 6-8 in CAA play with a 73-70 win over William & Mary, which entered the game in sole possession of first place. The win is Delaware’s ninth straight in the series, and they also snapped the Tribe’s 14-game home win streak.

Two Marvin King-Davis free throws with 15 seconds remaining sealed the win for Delaware, with Kyle Anderson, Kory Holden and Cazmon Hayes scoring 15 points apiece to lead the way offensively. Marcus Thornton, one the best all-around guards in the country, led William & Mary with 27 points and Omar Prewitt added 25.

William & Mary, now 10-4 in CAA play, is tied with Northeastern and UNCW in the loss column. The Seahawks are also 10-4, and Northeastern is 9-4.

Delaware lands three-star guard over the likes of Memphis, Oklahoma


Monte Ross is coming off his best season at the helm of the Delaware basketball program. The Fighting Blue Hens won 25 games, winning the Colonial Athletic Conference and reaching the NCAA tournament.

Delaware enters the 2013-2014 season without Devon Saddler, Davon Usher and Jarvis Threatt. That trio made for a high-scoring perimeter attack with each of them averaging 18.0 points per game or better. Last weekend offered Ross and his staff the opportunity to reload for the future with several recruits on campus for an official visit. The Delaware football home opener against Delaware State was postponed due to weather, but the rain couldn’t put a damper on the experience for three-star guard Eli Cain, who committed to Delaware on Friday night.

He announced the commitment through his personal Twitter account. “For my college career I will be attending the University of Delaware,” he tweeted.

The Blue Hens were able to beat out two high-major programs, Memphis and Oklahoma, for Cain’s services. Boston University was the other finalist.

The 6-foot-6 Cain attends St. Benedict’s Prep (New Jersey) and ran with the Playaz Basketball Club this summer on the Nike EYBL circuit. He averaged 5.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game for the Peach Jam champion Playaz.

The commitment is important for Ross, as next season he will have to account for the loss of Kyle Anderson, senior guard who averaged 11.0 points per game last year. Cain is the first commitment in Delaware’s Class of 2015.

Delaware dismisses junior guard Jarvis Threatt

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Delaware will have to move on next season without potential CAA Player of the Year Jarvis Threatt, as the junior guard was dismissed from the Blue Hens in a release from the school on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-2 Threatt appeared in 25 games for the Blue Hens last season and averaged 18 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game. The speedy guard also shot 41 percent from the field and 21 percent from the three-point line on the season.

Threatt missed nine games during the 2013-14 season due to multiple suspensions but returned in time for the CAA Conference Tournament, where he won Tournament MVP honors in helping Delaware make the 2014 NCAA Tournament with a win over William & Mary.

An ironman when he was with the team, Threatt averaged 37.1 minutes per game as a junior and scored 14 points on 2-for-9 shooting in a Round of 64 loss to Michigan State.

The dismissal from the program for Threatt on Tuesday comes “due to violations of team rules.” Schools officials have no further comment on the matter, according to the release.