Delaware 76, Towson 61
TOWSON, Md. (AP)—Harding Nana had 23 points and eight rebounds and Delaware snapped a 12-game road losing streak by beating Towson 76-61 on Saturday.
Rulon Washington added 20 points for the Blue Hens(6-13, 2-8 Colonial Athletic Association), who had dropped two straight and seven of eight overall.
Delaware, which lost its first nine road games of the year, had not won on an opponent’s court since beating James Madison on Feb. 2, 2005, its last CAA road victory.
Gary Neal led Towson (9-11, 5-6) with 19 points. Lawrence Hamm had 15 points and eight rebounds and Tim Crossin added 13 points and eight assists.
Neal, who entered the game averaging a team-high 26.3 points, and Dennard Abraham were late for a shootaround Saturday morning, and Tigers coach Pat Kennedy punished the pair by not starting them.
The Blue Hens started the second half on a 15-4 burst, turning a one-point halftime lead into a 45-33 advantage. Delaware made six of its first eight shots from the field to start the second half and took advantage of four early Towson turnovers.
Harding had a layup and a three-point play during the decisive run, while the Blue Hens scored on three dunks—a one-handed follow by Henry Olawoye off Washington’s miss, a transition slam by Washington and a steal-and-jam by Zaire Taylor.
Washington and Nana each scored five points during Delaware’s game-opening 14-2 run as the Blue Hens took advantage of Towson’s 2-for-11 start from the field and Neal’s absence.
But Delaware went cold, going 5:37 without a field goal midway through the half and finishing 9-for-27 from the field during the opening 20 minutes.