Delaware takes down Virginia

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Delaware takes down Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Devon Saddler had 14 points, including several clutch free throws down the stretch as Delaware defeated Virginia, 59-53, on Tuesday night.

With the victory, Delaware advances to the NIT Tip-Off semifinals, which will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City next week.

Saddler's two free throws with 14.6 seconds left in the game pushed the Blue Hens' lead to five and all but sealed the game.

Jarvis Threatt added 14 points for Delaware (2-1). Jamelle Higgins had 10 points.

Virginia (1-2) was led by Joe Harris' 20 points.

Delaware shot just 43 percent (20 of 47) from the field, but held Virginia to 35 percent (20 of 57), including just 19 percent (4 of 21) from 3-point range.

Delaware started the second half strong. Threatt scored five points during an 8-2 run that put the Blue Hens up 35-17, their largest lead of the game.

Virginia battled back, responding with a 10-0 run that was highlighted by the play of sophomore Darion Atkins, who scored seven of the points.

Virginia took its first lead since 6-4 when freshman Evan Nolte hit a 3-pointer to put the Cavaliers up 42-41.

But Delaware answered right back with an 8-0 run, courtesy of two Saddler 3-pointers, to take a 49-42 lead.

Neither team shot well to start the game. After 7 minutes of play, the teams had combined for just three field goals. At one juncture, Virginia had more turnovers (eight) than points (six).

But Delaware started getting better looks at the basket and went on a 17-5 run that was capped by a layup by Hagins to take a 19-11 lead. Virginia was 0 of 9 from 3-point range in the half.

The Blue Hens led 28-15 at the break. 

Rayshad Lewis, son of Ray Lewis, to transfer and play football at Maryland

Rayshad Lewis, son of Ray Lewis, to transfer and play football at Maryland

For almost two decades, Ray Lewis was one of the main attractions when it came to football in Maryland. Now, another Lewis will have the chance to make a name for himself in the Old Line State.

Rayshad Lewis, Ray's son, announced Monday on his Twitter that he'll be transferring to College Park to play for the Terps. He'll be able to debut for DJ Durkin's team in 2018 after sitting out next season.

As a true freshman at Utah State last year, Lewis had nearly 500 receiving yards on 40 catches. Eight of those grabs went for 20-plus yards, and he found the end zone twice for the Aggies. 

RELATED: JUAN DIXON IS NOW A HEAD COACH

Maryland basketball legend to become Coppin State basketball coach

Maryland basketball legend to become Coppin State basketball coach

According to Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, Maryland basketball legend Juan Dixon will be named the head coach at Coppin State, his first men's head coaching job.

After his playing career wound down after stints in the NBA and Europe, Dixon joined Mark Turgeon's staff in College Park but was not retained after the 2015-16 season. 

For 2016-17, Dixon took over the UDC women's basketball coaching job finishing with a 3-25 record, but only had nine scholarship athletes. 

Dixon will take over a struggling Coppin State program that has only won 25 games in the past three seasons and hasn't finished with a winning record in the MEAC since 2011-12.

Coppin State became only the third No. 15 seed to top a No. 2 seed in 1997, but have only made the NCAA tournament one time since then (2008). Dixon will look to return Coppin State to the success it had during the 1990's. 

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