The Delaware Blue Coats are starting the new year with three straight wins after the team beat the Lakeland Magic 101-96 on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center.
The leading scorer for the Blue Coats in the game was guard Rashad Vaughn with 19 points.
Delaware’s center Norvel Pelle recorded a double-double on the night with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
There were three other Blue Coats who scored in double digits and they were small forward Haywood Highsmith (11), center Corey Jefferson (13) and shooting guard Jared Brownridge (17).
Blue Coats Struggle Shooting In First Quarter
It was not a pretty sight for the Blue Coats in the first quarter as the team hit only 29.2% of their shots in the quarter. The team was even worse downtown as the Blue Coats hit 14.3% at the three point line.
The Lakeland Magic shot 55.6% in the first quarter and had a 66.7% shooting percentage at the three point line.
The Magic outscored the Blue Coats 25-18 in the first quarter.
The Blue Coats did out rebound the Magic 14-8 in the quarter.
The first quarter started with the Magic going on a 9-2 run to start the game. It would get worse for Delaware before it got better as the team was down 16-4 with 4:26 left in the the first quarter.
Around the 3:50 mark, Delaware would start a 9-3 run which would decrease Lakeland’s lead to 19-13 with 1:54 left.
Magic would outscore Delaware 6-5 for the rest of the quarter to end the first quarter with a 25-18 lead.
Anderson & Jefferson Lead Blue Coats Offense Surge In Second Quarter
Forward Ryan Anderson and Corey Jefferson led the Blue Coats in scoring with six points each. Anderson hit all three shots he attempted in the quarter and Jefferson hit two out three three pointers in the quarter.
The team overall shot the ball better in the second quarter with a 54.5% shooting percentage. The team also shot 45.5% at the three point line in the second quarter.
It was a different story for Lakeland who shot 26.1% in the quarter and shot 14.1% at the three point line.
The Blue Coats outscored Lakeland 31-13 in the quarter.
The second quarter started with the Blue Coats going on a 11-5 run which decreased Lakeland’s lead to 30-29 with 8:28 left in the half.
Then at the 7:42 minute mark, the Delaware Blue Coats started on a 19-4 run which gave them a 48-36 lead with 1:45 left in the half. Jefferson led the charge on the run with scoring six out of the 19 points.
Blue Coats would end the half with a 49-38 lead over the Magic.
First Half Stats
Blue Coats shot 41.3% in the first half and Magic shot 39%.
Blue Coats shot 33.3% at the three point line and Lakeland 30%.
Delaware’s leading scorer in the first half was Jared Brownridge with seven points.
Magic’s leading scorer in the first half was Melvin Frazier Jr with 13 points.
Turnovers Hurt Blue Coats In Third Quarter
The Blue Coats were outscored 31-21 in the third quarter by the Magic and turning over the ball seven times did not help.
In the quarter the Magic shot 60.9% and the Blue Coats shot 46.7%.
The Blue Coats did shoot 50% from the three point line in the third quarter.
Even with being outscored in the quarter, the Blue Coats still hung on to lead 70-69 when the third quarter ended.
Blue Coats Defense Tightens Up & Offense Comes Alive Again To Pull In The Win
In the fourth quarter, the Blue Coats tightened up their defense as the team would not let Lakeland get to many good shots in the quarter. Magic shot 30.8% in the quarter and Delaware shot 62.5%.
Delaware did lose the turnover battle again in the fourth as team turned over the ball six times compared to Magic’s two.
Blue Coats outscored the Magic 31-27 in the quarter and Rashad Vaughn led the team with six points in the quarter.
There was multiple times in the quarter where the Magic had the Blue Coats lead down to one point but Delaware hung on to win 101-96.
FG%: DE 47% & Lak 42%
3P%: DE 42%& Lak 24%
FT%: DE 79% & Lak 88%
Rebs: DE45 & Lak 40
Ast: DE 22& Lak 14
Stl: DE 7 & Lak 13
TO: DE 20 &Lak 13
Blks: DE 6&Lak 3