NEWARK, Del. Ã¢â‚¬â€œ SeniorÃ‚Â Eric Maynor (Raeford, N.C.)Ã‚Â scored 23 of his 28 points in the second half, but his effort couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t rescue Virginia Commonwealth University in an 81-79 loss to Delaware Saturday at the Bob Carpenter Center.
VCU slips to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Delaware improves to 7-7 and 1-1 in the league. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the Blue HensÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ first victory in the series since 2003, snapping a 10-game losing streak to the Rams.
Maynor, who also handed out seven assists, combined with freshmanÃ‚Â Bradford Burgess (Midlothian, Va.)Ã‚Â to score 27 of VCUÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s final 30 points. The Rams, who trailed by as many as 13 points, had one final chance at the buzzer, by MaynorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s desperation 3-pointer from half court fell wide.
Burgess finished with 11 points and six rebounds for the Rams, while sophomoreÃ‚Â Joey Rodriguez (Oviedo, Fla.)Ã‚Â provided 13 points and two steals.
Marc Egerson led four Blue Hens in double figures with 19 points and nine rebounds. He also knocked down 3-of-4 3-point attempts for Delaware, which was 10-of-18 from beyond the arc in the game. Brian Johnson added 16 points for the Ã¢â‚¬ËœHens.
Egerson, Johnson and Jawan Carter fueled a 14-0 Delaware run midway through the second half, knocking down consecutive 3-pointers to give the Blue Hens a 59-46 advantage with 9:11 showing. They never trailed again.
VCU returns to the floor on Monday, Jan. 5 when it takes on UNC Wilmington at the Alltel Pavilion at the Stuart C. Siegel Center at 9 p.m.