It’s coach Pat Kennedy’s tradition to start all his seniors on Senior Night and it turned into a special swan song for Coleman and Crossin, who as freshmen combined to make up
“The first question my wife is going to ask me is why haven’t you played those guys all year long,” said Kennedy. “Nothing brings more joy to me than the way our seniors played tonight.”
Coleman responded by matching his career high of 21 points while Crossin finished with nine points in 27 minutes after logging just 36 minutes on the floor all season.
The win enabled the Tigers (10-20, 5-12) to sweep the Blue Hens (12-18, 5-12) for 2008-09, having won the earlier contest 62-61 in
Delaware’s Marc Egerson, who finished with a game high 23 points, buried a three-pointer and then scored on a breakaway layup in a 7-0 run that lifted the Blue Hens from a 24-23 deficit to a six-point lead with 3:15 left in the first half. There had been three ties and eight lead changes up to that point.
Jawan Carter then tallied followed by two Alphonso Dawson free throws with 42 seconds remaining that ended the scoring. The Blue Hens were almost perfect from the free throw line, making 20 of 22 attempts on the night.
Egerson led four Blue Hens in double figures. Hairston and Calvin Lee each had 13 for the Tigers. Lee tallied 11 of his points in the first half. Hairston added a game high nine rebounds.