NEWARK, Del. — The Delaware 87ers (13-30) lost to the Wisconsin Herd (20-23) 127-123 in a wildly entertaining basketball game that featured a somewhat anti-climactic ending. With the two teams tied at 123 and less than 45 seconds left, Delaware had the ball and a chance to take the lead. In stepped NBA veteran Brandon Jennings, who forced two steals on consecutive possessions that led to easy layups and a Herd win. Wisconsin takes the season series 2-1.
Here are three takeaways from the 87ers’ final game against Wisconsin:
Both offenses came to play tonight
This was a fireworks show from the start and neither team let up on the offensive end at any point. Delaware shot 50 percent from the field, 38 percent from three (13-34) and 80 percent from the line (16-20). The Sevens reached 100 points before the third quarter was over, as did the Herd. Wisconsin shot 48 percent from the field, 51.5 percent from distance (17-33) and 82 percent from the line (18-22). The 87ers saw six players notch double figures, while the Herd had four starters reach 20 points.
Delaware’s bench came up huge
The Sevens played four guys off their bench and all four scored at least 13 points. Cameron Oliver (19), Devin Robinson (13), Stefhon Hannah (17) and Darin Johnson (15) each contributed in a variety of ways and all made five or more field goals and at least one triple. Without the stellar work from the 87ers’ reserves, the Herd could have very well pulled away. Credit should especially go to Oliver, whose 19/13 double-double was buttressed by four assists and the same number of vicious dunks.
Jennings showed why he was the NBA veteran in the game
Jennings was coming off a game in which he went 0-10 from the field and scored zero points. It seemed as though the struggle continued for the former Milwaukee Buck at the outset and Jennings still only finished 8-23 from the field. However, he scored 25 points, dished out 10 assists and came up with the two biggest plays of the game when he picked Hannah’s pocket twice in the final minute. He scored the go-ahead layup on the first of those swipes and took the wind out of Delaware’s sails as a result.