Led by 15 points and 9 rebounds from 6’5, 230-pound junior forward Ameen Tanksley the Pride handled the Blue Hens with ease.
Tanksley started slowly but the tough minded Philly product amped his game in the second half. Armed with a well toned physique and an assortment of moves around the basket, Tanksley showed he is a solid scorer with strong drives and a nice short range game. On defense his aggressive style worked well as he shifted from being physical with bigger men and having square position and using quickness against smaller players while guarding multiple positions.
Senior Dion Nesmith did not have his best game offensively but still provided leadership off the bench, coupled with game experience and his ability to always be moving without the ball. He is a good decision maker, smart and sound on both ends of the floor and well respected by both his teammates and coaches. Nesmith was off with his shot last night but still managed to fill the score sheet somewhat with five rebounds, a steal and six assists to only one turnover in his 27 minutes of action.
In a tight back and forth contest early on, the Blue Hens hung in largely due to Hofstra’s low shooting percentage in the first half though their full court press bothered Delaware throughout. The Blue Hens did a decent job in their half court offense but repeated turnovers and bad passes prevented them from putting points on the board. With just under five minutes remaining Hofstra held an eight point lead due to their hustle and rebounding. However, the Pride had spurts of inefficiency that negated all that and at times they showed frustration at not being able to capitalize on Delaware’s miscues and increase their advantage. Hofstra took a 27-22 lead into intermission.
Delaware made a small push early in the second period behind senior guard Kyle Anderson who ended with 16 points. A spry 6’3 guard, Anderson is the only senior on the roster who gets major playing time. He has terrific range on his jumper and is a 3-point threat (he was 3-of-6) as soon as he crosses midcourt. Though he usually is a smart decision maker when handling the basketball, he really is one dimensional offensively and on a team with few offensive weapons he is often the first option. Delaware goes with almost all freshmen and sophs so possibly they’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the CAA when these guys mature a bit. Devonne Pinkard, a long 6’6 sophomore forward and 6’2 freshman guard Kory Holden, a quick, attacking player who is not afraid to go in amongst the trees look like they have potential.
Midway through the second half Hofstra opened up a 13-point edge and maintained that the rest of the way as Delaware could not get it back below double digits despite a couple of mini-runs in a high scoring final 20 minutes. Hofstra is atop the CAA at 11-4, 2-0 but now goes on the road for three straight conference games, while Delaware fell to 1-12, 0-2.
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