WASHINGTON (AP) – Jyare Davis scored 18 points, Andrew Carr had 17 points and 12 rebounds for his second career doubles and fifth seed Delaware beat second seed UNC Wilmington 59-55 on Tuesday night to won access to the Colonial Athletics Association. tournament championship.
Delaware (22-12) won the sixth general game championship, with teams from 1992 (NAC), 1993 (NAC), 1998 (America East), 1999 (America East) and 2014 (CAA) . Hens will be looking for their first NCAA Tournament win in six tries.
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Delaware took the lead for the first time, 44-43, since 19-7 when Kevin Anderson lay on the field with 8:44 remaining in the second half.
Davis, the CAA’s rookie of the year and the tournament’s MVP, hit a 1:1 left lane shot to give Delaware a 56-55 lead. UNCW had two shots from the other end, but both missed and Carr recovered the bounce before being fouled. Carr took 1/2 of the free throw, but Ebby Asamoah caught the throw-in and made two free throws to give him a four-point lead. Jaylen Sims was brief on a 3 pointer at the whistle.
James Nelson Jr. and Ryan Allen each added 10 points for Delaware, with a shot rate of 39.3%, including 2 out of 13 shots from long range. Davis is 8 out of 15 from the field.
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Sims scored 18 points in a 4/15 spin for UNC Wilmington (23-9), which wiped out the regular-season series against Delaware. Mike Okauru adds 10 points.
Sims, UNCW’s top scorer, played just 10 minutes in the first half due to two fouls but the Seahawks still led 34-30. Sims opened the scoring in the second half with a 3-pointer, and he scored six consecutive UNCW points, the last of which was a jumper to lead 55-53 with 2:30 remaining.
Delaware is only the second 5th seed to reach the CAA finals in the league’s 40 years. Fifth-seeded William & Mary advanced to the 2008 final before losing to third-seeded George Mason, 68-59.
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