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Darling carries Delaware past Drexel 80-72

NEWARK, Del. -- Nate Darling scored 17 of his 27 points in the first half and Delware beat rival Drexel 80-72 on Saturday to win its fourth straight and even the season series against the Dragons.

Dylan Painter added 20 and 10 rebounds and Kevin Anderson scored 20 points for the Fightin' Blue Hens (16-7, 6-4 Colonial Athletic Association), who led 38-29 at halftime and by as many as 16 in the second half. Justyn Mutts had eight rebounds.

Ryan Allen, who was second on the Fightin' Blue Hens in scoring heading into the contest with 13.0 points per game, shot only 14% in the game (1 of 7).

James Butler scored 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Dragons (12-11, 5-5), who outscored Delaware 46-34 in the paint in losing their third straight. Camren Wynter scored 22 points and Zach Walton scored 10.

Delaware evened the season series against the Dragons with the win. Drexel defeated Delaware 61-55 on Jan. 3. Delaware takes on Towson at home on Thursday. Drexel faces James Madison at home on Thursday.

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