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Villanova vs Delaware, NC, at the Daskalakis Athletic Center

Villanova vs Delaware, NC, at the Daskalakis Athletic Center

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The Aggies come into this matchup with an impressive 22-12 record, having won their last four CAA games and sitting atop the conference.

Nelson's 39 points were the most in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament since Peca Arsic's 44 in 2006. Additionally, he had five assists and three rebounds to go along with it.

Villanova

Villanova has some uncertainty in their starting lineup, particularly with junior guard Justin Moore out due to an Achilles tendon tear during the regional championship. That leaves seniors J.maine Samuels and Collin Gillespie as the primary replacements for Moore - who was arguably Villanova's MVP this season and played an essential role in leading them to victory.

It's no secret that the Wildcats have had offensive struggles this year, but their defense has come through during their winning streak. The unit has allowed fewer offensive rebounds and hasn't let teams get to the free throw line as often this season.

Villanova took control of the game early in the second and built a double-digit lead. The Wildcats maintained their advantage by one point even as Houston pulled within six points late in the half.

At 5:02 remaining in the game, Houston used an 11-2 spurt to cut Villanova's lead down to two. But Gillespie came up with a crucial shot with just under four minutes left and Villanova held on for victory.

This marks the seventh time this season that the Wildcats have defeated a team ranked in the top 25 of the AP poll. Additionally, they've defeated Penn State, Connecticut and Boston College.

Villanova had a tough shooting night, yet still managed to out-rebound the Cougars in the paint, holding them to just 17 points in the opening half. And they did so without center Daniel Ochefu who is in concussion protocol.

Senior forward Katie Davis had yet another outstanding game, scoring 24 points to set a new career high. This season, she is averaging 15.2 points per game and has reached double figures in 24 of her 30 games this year.

She's also averaging 4.7 assists and has shown she can hit from long range with 89 3-pointers this season. Her 93 percent shooting from the charity stripe this season ranks tied for eighth nationally, as she looks to make nearly 200 three-pointers before the year is out.

N.C. A&T

KenPom's Division I rankings have the Aggies as a top 15 team and they must bring their A game to defeat the Fightin' Blue Hens. A&T is 3-1 in conference play and needs one more win to qualify for the CAA tournament, which begins this week.

The Hens have won two straight after dropping their initial two games of the year. They opened up the game with a 13-0 run to take an early 19-12 lead at halftime. Later in the first half, they used an 11-0 spurt to go up 27-13 with 4:59 left in regulation time.

After a quick turnover, Delaware's defense held Tech to just seven points the remainder of the game. Eric Carl tied his season high with 22 points while Owen White chipped in with 17 points and seven rebounds for an impressive showing.

In the second half, Miami outscored Tech 40-19 for a 69-57 victory that avenged losses at home of 69-62 and Towson of 57-57.

For the first time ever in program history, the Aggies hosted a ranked team at Corbett Sports Center. Prior to Saturday's loss, they had won six of eight.

On Wednesday night, the Aggies will take on fellow CAA champion UNC Wilmington. Though the Seahawks are slightly favorites by a few points, they are expected to play tough defense.

Last two opponents for A&T combined to win 28-4 and 6-0 in the CAA. On Wednesday at Club Corbett in Greensboro, A&T will attempt to improve its record against CAA teams when they host UNC Wilmington.

Nelson will need a major performance from his teammates if the Aggies want to defeat the Hens, who are 7-4 after winning their first two conference games. Nelson must shoot better from the free-throw line than their opponents do--something which wasn't done in their last CAA game against Hampton.

As a result, the Aggies are in the bottom-10 nationally for free-throw shooting. But they did an outstanding job controlling the Bucs and holding them to 18 turnovers; additionally, the Aggies scored 19 points off those turnovers.

Drexel

On Thursday afternoon at Daskalakis Athletic Center, Drexel Dragons (11-5) were down 34 points in the first half to Delaware Blue Hens (13-7), but rallied to come from behind and win 85-83 - marking one of college basketball's greatest comebacks ever, according to ESPN. It marked an amazing comeback that earned them their third straight victory.

After falling behind by 34 points in the second quarter, Drexel went on a 66-30 run to take control of the game and hold on for victory. Senior Tessa Brugler led all scorers with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while junior Hannah Nihill added 17 points and five assists.

Drexel held a 52-47 lead entering the fourth, but DU scored 11 points to seal it for them. The Dragons forced eight turnovers and hit 19 of 21 shots from the free throw line for an impressive final margin.

Drexel shot 58 percent from the field during this stretch, including 8-for-14 from 3-point range - their highest 3-point shooting percentage this season.

On Tuesday night, Drexel scored double figures for the fifth time this season: Brugler, Isabell, Troy Harper and Sammy Mojica. Additionally, Brugler has the best single-game shooting percentage this year with 25-for-43 against Delaware.

The Dragons face a challenging conference schedule this season, featuring games against Delaware, Hofstra and Northeastern. All three matches will be televised this season with IBEW 98 TV featuring an exciting homecoming matchup against Delaware on January 14th as the featured event.

After a slow start to the season, Drexel has won six of its last seven games to improve to 11-2 overall and enjoy its best start ever in program history.

This was a stunning victory for the Dragons, who had just come off an 86-70 loss at Stony Brook on Friday night. Now they have won five straight games to go with their fourth-place finish in the East Region.

Drexel men's basketball team returns to action against Northeastern on Saturday as a three-point underdog. However, the Dragons have won four of their last six home games and are looking for revenge after an impressive four-game skid last weekend.

The Dragons boast a formidable defensive unit that is capable of making shots from beyond the arc. However, they must maintain momentum against an athletic Northeastern squad that has the ability to quickly get off the ball and move it around the floor.

Delaware

The Blue Hens' 116-101 victory over the Tar Heels was a significant development in their preparation for the 2021-22 G League playoffs. After being outscored by 39 points combined in their initial two homestand games, this contest marked an enormous improvement from that.

On a cold SECU Arena, the crowd had plenty of energy and cheered when Jameer Nelson scored his first three points of his career. Delaware's sophomore led the way with 16 points followed by Andrew Carr with 11 rebounds.

After trailing by one at halftime, Delaware's defense tightened up in the second half and forced several turnovers by N.C. A&T - including an interception by Dylan Painter with one minute remaining in the third quarter that set up Nelson for his third 3-pointer of the game at 11-8. That gave Delaware its largest lead of the game at 11-8 and helped it take control of the game.

However, Towson made a slow start to the second half that made it difficult for them to gain momentum. Jaylen Sims hit a free throw with 3:27 remaining to give UNCW a 55-53 lead; however Andrew Carr hit another free throw with 14 seconds remaining and Ebby Asamoah added two more free throws with 11 seconds left for an exciting finish.

Allen's outstanding season earned her the title of CAA rookie of the year for a second consecutive year. Allen made 83 three-pointers this year, just three shy of John Gordon's school record set in 1998-1999.

Davis had an impressive performance, finishing with 16 points and dishing out eight assists. Unfortunately, the Hens were forced to battle foul trouble early in the second half and a slow start in the third quarter due to foul trouble.

Anderson missed his initial four shots, but made five of his next six to tie the score at 29-29 with 8:44 remaining. A driving layup by Allen gave Delaware its first lead at 35-27 with 9:39 remaining and Ebby Asamoah followed with two 3-pointers that propelled Delaware on an 11-2 run that put them up 59-46 with 5:29 remaining.

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