NEWARK, Del. — Jarvis Threatt scored 25 points, and Delaware got past Cal Poly 82-72 on Saturday in the last nonconference game for both schools.
Delaware (8-7) built a 47-33 halftime lead behind 14 first-half points from Devon Saddler, and Cal Poly (4-9) trailed by double digits in the second half until the final minute of the game.
The game was close early on. There were 14 first-half lead changes and neither team led by more than three points until the Blue Hens went on a 9-0 run to break open the game after the score was tied at 26 with eight minutes remaining in the first half.
Cal Poly, which lost its fourth straight game, went with a different starting lineup as leading scorer and rebounder Chris Eversley, Brian Bennett and Jamal Johnson were held out of the starting lineup for reportedly being late for a team bus.
Eversley finished with eight points and six rebounds but made only 3-of-9 field goals. Bennett had all six of his points in the first 10 minutes of the game, and Johnson had two points and three assists in 18 minutes.
The Blue Hens had a big advantage at the free-throw line, making 32 of 39 attempts while the Mustangs were 10 of 13.
Threatt went 13 of 15 at the free-throw line and added eight rebounds and seven assists. Saddler scored 22 points, Kyle Anderson had 15 and Davon Usher added 12 for Delaware.
Anthony Silvestri led Cal Poly with a career-high 14 points, and Kyle Odister added 12.
The matchup was the first ever between Delaware and Cal Poly. Delaware’s eight nonconference wins are its most since the 1999-2000 season. It was the second time Cal Poly played a team from the Colonial Athletic Association. The Mustangs played a home-and-home series with George Mason in 1995-96 and 1996-97.