The Delaware Blue Coats team rang in the new year with a dominating 108-86 road win over the Greensboro Swarm on Saturday.
The leading scorer of the night for Delaware was small forward Haywood Highsmith with 22 points.
Power forward Cameron Oliver recorded a double-double in the Blue Coats win as he had 15 points and 14 rebounds in the win.
Three other Blue Coats scored in double digits and they were shooting guard Jared Brownridge (16), point guard Matt Farrell (17) and guard Rashad Vaughn (14).
The Blue Coats held the advantage in the rebound column with out rebounding Greensboro 59-38.
Oliver Helps Lead Blue Coats To First Quarter Lead
Cameron Oliver led the Blue Coats in scoring in the first quarter with 11 points and those points helped Delaware take a nice size lead in the quarter.
The Blue Coats in the quarter shot 59.1% and the Swarm shot 34.6%.
The game started off with Delaware jumping out to a quick 9-4 lead which was guided by Oliver who had four points and two rebounds during that time span.
At the 4:04 minute mark, Blue Coats went on a 11-0 run which increased their lead to 27-15 with 2:14 left in the first quarter.
Delaware would outscore the Swarm 9-8 for the rest of the quarter to end with a 36-23 lead.
Blue Coats Struggle With Shooting In Second Quarter
The momentum the Blue Coats had in the first quarter slowed down as the team hit a wall in shooting the ball in the second. Delaware had a 33.3% shooting percentage in the second quarter and was outscored by the Swarm 22-19.
The Blue Coats did have some runs in the quarter which includes a 9-2 run in the beginning of the second. The 6-2 run increased their lead to 45-25 with 10:07 left in the half. Haywood Highsmith would lead this run by scoring four of the nine points in the run.
The Blue Coats would end the half with a 55-45 lead.
First Half Stats
Delaware Blue Coats shot 45.7% in the first half and the Greensboro Swarm shot 35.3%.
Blue Coats shot 62.5% at the foul line and Swarm shot 87.5%.
Blue Coats leading scorer in the first half was Haywood Highsmith.
Swarm’s leading scorer in the first half was Chinanu Onuaku.
Brownridge’s Hot Hand on Three Point Line Helps Blue Coats Distances Themselves From Swarm
Jared Brownridge was feeling it from downtown in the third quarter as he sunk two out of three from that line in the quarter. Brownridge is also a big reason the Blue Coats outscored the Swarm 25-19 in the quarter as he had 10 of those points.
The Blue Coats also out rebounded the Swarm 17-8 in the third quarter and Delaware did not let Greensboro get too many good looking shots in the quarter. The Swarm had a 33.3% shooting percentage in the third and the Blue Coats had a 43.5% shooting percentage.
The third quarter started with the Blue Coats going on a 11-1 run which increased their lead to 66-46 with 8:14 left in the quarter. Highsmith was the man in charge on this run with scoring five of the 11 points.
The Blue Coats would outscore the Swarm 26-18 for the rest of the quarter to take a 90-64 lead into the fourth quarter.
Farrell’s 10 Points Leads Delaware To A Easy Win In Fourth
Matt Farrell was the star of the show for the Blue Coats in the fourth as he had ten points and the team overall shot well in the quarter. Blue Coats shot 55% in the fourth and the Swarm shot 33.3%.
Around the five minute mark, the Blue Coats went on a 11-5 run to increase their lead to 103-81 with 2:23 left in the game.
Delaware would secure an easy 108-86 win when the final buzzer sounded.
Blue Coats head to the Wells Fargo Center to take on the Raptors 905 on January 8th at 11:00am ET.
FG%: DE 47% & GS 34%
3P%: DE 39% & GS 25%
FT%: DE 67% & GS 73%
Rebs: DE 59 & GS 38
Ast: DE 25 & GS 15
Stl: DE 5 & GS 7
TO: DE 18 &GS 8
Blks: DE 4 & GS 7