Defense Carries Men's Basketball Past Delaware Valley, 62-50, in MAC Freedom Semifinals

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Center Valley, PA (February 21, 2019) - The DeSales University men's basketball team held Delaware Valley University to just 28.1 percent shooting earning a 62-50 win over the Aggies in the MAC Freedom postseason tournament semifinals on Thursday evening in Billera Hall.

The Basics/Notes

  • Final Score: DeSales - 62, Delaware Valley - 50
  • Records: DeSales (20-6 overall); Delaware Valley (11-14 overall)
  • DeSales earns a spot in the MAC Freedom Championship game on Saturday where it will host Wilkes University beginning at 4:00 pm.
  • It is DSU's third straight appearance in the MAC Freedom title game.
  • The Bulldogs also win its 20th game for the 13th time in team history.

How it Happened

  • The Aggies opened this one strong taking an 11-point lead early and led by 10 (21-11) before DeSales used a 10-2 run to get within two points (23-21) with 5:33 left in the opening half.
  • Down one with 2:37 left, DVU was the only team to score the rest of the way taking a 29-26 lead into the halftime locker room.
  • The game was a defensive back-and-forth battle to start the second-half as neither team led by more than three points over the first nine minutes.
  • Down two, DeSales used a 11-0 run to turn a two-point deficit into a nine-point lead a the 8:50 mark.
  • Sophomore Timmy Edwards scored the first eight points of the spurt and senior Luke Connaghan capped it off with a three-pointer from the left wing.
  • The Aggies got within seven but DSU then scored the next 10 points to open up a 17-point lead, with Edwards scoring six of the 10, and DeSales never looked back from there.
  • Delaware Valley got within 10 with just over a minute left but back-to-back dunks from freshman Keba Mitchell and Connaghan provided the final tally.

Top Bulldog Performers

  • Edwards was once again outstanding with 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting and added six rebounds.
  • Connaghan finished with 12 points and pulled down nine boards.
  • Junior Julian Wing finished with 10 points.

For the Foes

  • Lybrant Robinson was the lone double figure scorer for the Aggies, finishing with 13 points.

Inside the Box Score

  • Delaware Valley was just 18-for-64 (.281) from the field in the loss.
  • DeSales hit 46.9 percent from the field and dominated the glass out-rebounding the Aggies, 46-35.
  • The Bulldogs committed 21 turnovers but they only led to 13 Aggie points where as 12 Delaware Valley turnovers led to 19 Bulldog points.