Tom Zamonski (@tomzamonski)
A healthy Delaware lineup was the cure in snapping the Blue Hens five game losing streak.
With the newly-returned Jarvis Threatt and Josh Brinkley seeing significant minutes, Delaware (3-6, 0-0 CAA) defeated Radford (5-4, 0-0 Big South) 68-59.
Threatt, the team’s third highest scorer, missed the past three contests with an abdominal injury. Brinkley, who has been battling a right ankle injury, started his first game since sustaining the injury five games ago.
Threatt did not start for the Blue Hens but was able to play 28 minutes while coming off the bench. The sophomore showed some rust by shooting 1-of-7 from the floor, finishing with five points, but was a key contributor on defense. The 6-2 guard was tied for second on the team with seven rebounds.
Brinkley gave Monté Ross 23 minutes and was solid on both ends of the floor for the Blue Hens. On offense, the senior netted eight points while grabbing a game high five offensive boards. The 6-6 forward finished tied for second along Threatt with 7 rebounds.
Jamelle Hagins bounced back after a disappointing showing against Duke where he grabbed a season low six boards. The 6-9 senior pulled down a game high 10 rebounds and was second on the team in scoring as he dished in 16 points.
With Threatt and Brinkley assisting Hagins, Delaware was able to dominate the glass. With Highlanders leading rebounder Kyle Noreen only collecting five boards, the Blue Hens were able to outrebound Radford 42-29.
Both teams struggled from the floor. The Blue Hens shot 37.9 percent while the Highlanders only made 37.0 percent of their shots.
The difference came down to free throws as both teams went to the charity stripe 23 times. Radford missed 10 shots from the line while only making 56.5 percent of their attempts. Delaware only missed four attempts and shot 82.6 percent.
Devon Saddler netted a game-high 18 continuing his streak of scoring at least 14 points a game this season. The junior guard was efficient from all areas of the floor. Saddler made 6-12 from the field, 4-7 from three, and was a perfect 2-2 at the free throw line.
Leading the scoring for Radford was R.J. Price and Ya Ya Anderson. Price and Anderson both scored 14 points for the Highlanders.
After starting the season with eight straight games on the road, this was the home opener for the Blue Hens. Being back at home for six of the next 9 games may be just what Delaware needs to get their season turned around as the Blue
Hens were 11-3 at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The loss for Radford ended a three game winning streak for the Highlanders.
Next up for Delaware is intrastate rival Delaware State. The Blue Hens host the Hornets Saturday at 2:00.